A Toyota Prado is a great, versatile vehicle for families who love the great outdoors. Even with hitch cargo carriers, these vehicles typically have plenty of room for the whole family and their luggage, but adding a few bicycles can be a problem. If your family loves biking and wants to go on bike trips that go farther than a few blocks, you might need a bike rack for your Toyota Prado.
Toyota Prados bike racks come in all kinds of shapes, capacities, and designs. You won’t find all of them suitable for Toyota Prados, and even the ones that do might not fit your car. You need to weigh your options before getting a Toyota Prado bike rack. There are pros and cons to each model.
Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Rack
The Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack is our top pick for a hitch mounted bike rack for Toyota Prado. A 2-inch trailer hitch must be installed on your vehicle. If you don’t already have one, get a Class III or IV hitch installed.
Each bike is secured using a tie-down system on the carrying arm which extends 22 inches. When bikes aren’t attached, the arms can slide out of the way. You can store a lot more stuff this way. Setup and assembly of the rack are pretty straightforward.
It is quite simple to remove the rack from the hitch with just one pin. It is made from steel (a bit heavier, so they do weigh more) but combined with their lifetime warranty and Allen Sports’ high quality black powder coating, it is a great product. I am sure that the high-quality equipment you have purchased will last you for many years to come.
Allen’s Sports Deluxe series has two 4-bike models; the Model 542RR and the Model S545. These racks both hold 4 bikes and up to 140 lbs. With the S545 you get quick folding, carry arms, quick-secure straps, and dual compound cradles. The cockpit has a rapid tilt-away mast and a dual compound spine shield.
We’re not sure the extra utility justifies the price difference, so we recommend buying the standard 542RR model. Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted 4-Bike Carrier S545 offers those features you want on your bike rack.
Swagman XC 2-Bike Hitch Mount
You’ll just need an extra tray for this stylish rack; it can even fit fat tires. Tires between 20′ and 29′ will fit on the rack. It fits either a 1 14 hitch receiver or a 2 ‘ receiver, so you can use it for more than one Toyota Prado if you have two, or if someone else needs it. Once the rack is in place, there’s a locking pin that makes it impossible to take it off. You’ll need a 10mm cable for this, too.
Racks can handle a total of 70 pounds, so 35 pounds per bike should be fine for most people. But it’s the anti-wobble device that’s really important. Keep your bikes balanced and the car handling right while you drive this way. You can fold down the center arm on this rack so you can get to your boots while it’s parked.
The frame size this rack can support is just as important as the tire size. Luckily, it has ratchets built into the upright arms. This allows you to adjust them to fit the frame of your bike. The maximum height of the frame of your bike is 59cm.
Swagman’s XC Cross Country 2-Bike Rack has a weight of 32 pounds and is constructed of steel. In the event that it is not being used, it can be folded up vertically to minimize its size at home or in your vehicle. When reversing, do not forget to use it!
It is important to note that the bikes are secured by their wheels and then the ratchet is closed over top of them. You can then drive without worrying about them moving while you are driving. It is possible to slide the wheel plates in order to accommodate a variety of frame sizes. This rack can accommodate any type of bike, whether it is a road bike, downhill bike, full suspension bike, or a BX bike.
Allen Sports Deluxe Spare Tire Mount
See for yourself why Allen is among the best in the bike rack industry. Their bike racks are so good due to years of perfecting the art of bike storage. Sport Deluxe 3 mounts onto spare tires and can handle three bikes. Because it uses this technique it can only be used by Toyota Prado or some minivans; you need a back tire to mount it on! The rack should fit over your spare tire if you have one.
The best part about this rack is that the bikes have a lot of ground clearance, so you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged.
Furthermore, the rack has a patented tie-down system that keeps your bikes safe and secure.
Weighing just over ten pounds, this rack is the lightest among these. Due to its compact size despite carrying three bikes, it is still very discreet. Your spare tire is mounted on the rack, which fits over the top. Because the bikes are heavy, they prevent the rack from falling off as the rack is held against the spare tire. Each frame is clipped into two clips provided by lifting the bikes onto the arms. You can adjust the clips so that they fit snugly around the frame of your bike.
It is also necessary to secure the rack to the vehicle with the straps that come from the bottom. When the rack is attached to a trunk, it will prevent it from being opened while the rack is in place. If you prefer, these can be secured to the trunk itself. The trunk will then be able to be opened and shut as normal once this is done.
Despite this rack’s design, it is important to note that it can only handle tires up to 255 x 10 in width. It is also worth noting that this rack is designed to fit the spare wheel of your Toyota Prado. Depending on your needs, the rack should be able to hold three bikes weighing 35 pounds each at a time.
You can lock your spare tire rack to your bike with a chain lock. You can also wrap it around your bike to stop thieves. Alternatively, you can unclip the rods from each side of the storage rack to allow it to be folded up; you will have to secure it into place. It is also possible to remove it from the luggage and place it inside your trunk; this procedure should only take you a few seconds.
Because the rack has clips on the sides that attach to the frame of the bike, it is able to accommodate practically any bike and yet keep it on the ground. So, it can certainly be considered one of your best options when it comes to family trips!
Yakima ForkLift Fork Mount
You can mount this Yakima Forklift Rooftop Bike Mount on the roof of your SUV. The versatility of the design and quality of construction were important factors in our selection. In addition to fitting Yakima round, square, factory, and aerodynamic crossbars right out of the box, it’s also compatible with a wide range of other brands of car rack system with round or square bars and most factory crossbars you may have with your SUV. You don’t need any tools to attach the bike mount to your car roof rack.
On the rack, the wheel tray adjusts easily so you don’t have to worry about positioning the rear wheel. In spite of its size, the Forklift will comfortably accommodate mountain bikes with 29 inches wheels as well as mountain bikes with longer wheelbases. The bike is securely held in place by a skewer with a lockable u-shaped handle which is oriented towards the end of the skewer for easy and secure access. There may need to be a thru-axle adapter for your bike if it has a thru-axle. Yakima or online outlets will offer this accessory. Although most disk brakes will fit the Yakima Forklift’s front mount and some may feel tight due to the mounting method, it is quite rare to find a configuration that cannot be mounted securely on the Yakima Forklift.
In comparison to similar racks like the Thule, you’ll quickly notice that the Yakima has been simplified (there’s only a single bolt per clamp, but that’s all you need, whereas Thule has four). This makes mounting and dismounting a breeze.
Last but not least, the Yakima Forklift is designed not to touch the painted surfaces of your bike and can even be used for modern carbon bikes.
Yakima Frontloader Bike Mount
You’ll probably be confused if you first see this roof-mounted rack. There aren’t a lot of features on this long, streamlined bar. It’s got a clip, a wheel holder, and an adjuster. Whether you have your bike on the rack or not, this rack is designed to be as streamlined as possible.
The roof bars must already be installed across your car, so it is important to note that this must be done before you order. You are not going to find these on the length of your vehicle, as they are not part of its length. There is a Yakima rack that attaches securely to your existing roof bars using adjustable clips that lock around the bars for a secure fit. It is important to keep in mind that these clamps have locks in order to ensure that they will not be detached without the key. There is a separate price for each of them. It will be delivered to you three keys with the locks, so that you will always be able to use one when needed. You don’t want to have to remove the lock without the key!
On top of the bar is a large section that moves forwards and upwards, and a smaller section that moves backwards. There’s a front mount for both of them. These lock your front wheel into place by creating a ‘V’ shape.
You can mount your bike upright on the roof of your car by using a small clamp that goes around the rear wheel. If you go under a tall bridge, you are less likely to damage your bike while carrying it.
There must be an interval of 16-48 inches between the crossbars on your roof. I would advise you to use the Yakima Frontloader only to carry multiple bikes in the case that you cannot do this. As long as the bike’s wheels are between 20 inches and 29 inches, the bike rack can support a wide range of bicycles. As a result, this rack will not be able to accommodate children’s bicycles. There is a comprehensive warranty on the rack, similar to those on so many other panels on this list, which covers a lot of things with the exception of wear and tear but only for the first owner.
Despite the fact that you need crossbars to mount this rack, any kind will work. This rack looks great on square, round, or any combination in between; you’ll have your friends asking!
You can put more bikes on the roof of the Prado, so it isn’t limited to just one. Depending on your vehicle’s size, as well as the size of the bikes, the number of bikes you can transport will vary.
In other words, you do not need to mount the rack to your car or install any locks, since the rack arrives in one piece. (If you have purchased the locks.) Despite its impressive dimensions, it only weighs 1.6 ounces and measures 57 x 10 x 9 inches. While it is easy to lift it into position, it may be a challenge to lift your bike onto the roof.
There are a lot of options for toyota prado bike racks. What you choose depends on the design of your vehicle, how many bikes you want to transport, and how often you want to transport bikes. Your trunk rack or toyota prado spare tire bike rack will do if you and your partner only go cycling occasionally. Your family probably will need a hitch bike rack with adapters if you go biking all the time, often to faraway places.
Roof racks are perfect if you enjoy outdoor sports such as kayaking, surfing, or skiing, but don’t need to carry bikes all the time. Read reviews for the specific product you want and do your research before you buy.
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