Getting into biking is awesome. You’re being active, outdoors, and it’s fun feeling the wind blow by.
But, transporting them can provide some challenges. The good news to Honda Civic owners is there are some simple solutions!
The two ways to set up a bike rack for your vehicle are by using a hitch(extra installation required) or a trunk mounted system.
Let’s take a look at the 4 best bike racks for Honda Civics:
1. Allen Sports Deluxe Trunk Mounted Bike Rack
Our first two options are from the same manufacturer. They are particularly innovative in that they don’t require a hitch!
Allen Sports has a patent pending design and thousands of happy customers. This is the “base model” by Allen, and our number two feature is the upgraded version.
They have a two, three, and four bike option. The basics of how this works are pictured, but we’ve linked to a video below so you can get a look at it. It uses tension through straps to hook into your frame. Over the top of your trunk, at the sides, and at the bottom.
When everything is strapped together tightly, you’re ready to go. It’s really a genius innovation, and most of all it saves someone needing to install a hitch. Which would be a permanent addition to your vehicle.
The weight capacity of this particular model is 70 lbs, and it can hold up to 2 bikes. Yes, this will fit Honda Civics. But if you’d like some extra reassurance you can look up your particular model of vehicle with their fit guide here.
2. Allen Sports Premier Trunk Mounted Bike Rack
This is the beefier big brother to Allen’s trunk mounted bike rack that we featured as our first choice.
It’s more expensive because of it having more heavy duty components. But is it worth the extra cost?
That’s for you to decide, but what we can tell you is if you’re shopping on carrying capacity then this is no different. The two-bike carrier can still hold the same 70lbs as the much more affordable version featured at #1.
Where they improved it is by adding something called “quick straps” that snap onto your bike instead of regular old compression straps. It also snaps into form easily when adhering it to your vehicle.
It’s the fancier version, but we think the value is better for our first option.
3. Swagman XC2 Hitch Mount Bike Rack
With that said, the Swagman is a great choice for those of you who may plan on installing a hitch or want a more stable design. This will fit up to two bikes, and you can assemble it in a few minutes.
They have their own anti-wobble device to keep your bikes stable during transport. The center arm is also capable of folding down without you having to remove the rack. Also when not in use, the sides fold up neatly.
It can hold up to 70lbs in total. This is a steel rack that fits a 2 inch receiver.
4. MaxxHaul (70210) 4-Bike Deluxe Hitch Mount Rack
The MaxxHaul Bike rack is meant for 2 inch receivers. It is also surprisingly affordable, and can fit up to 4 bikes.
For that price point, you may expect plastic. But nope, this is a metal design that will last.
One caveat to this rack, is it won’t hold bikes that have slanted bars. If you’re a mountain biker, then it should be sweet. You can still access your trunk without having to remove this as it has a fold down capability.
Between 4 bikes the carrying capacity for this rack is 150lbs in total. When not in use it also folds up into a more compact form.
What are the advantages of installing a hitch vs using a trunk mounted system?
A hitch mounted bicycle rack is by its nature, more stable. When you depend on straps staying tight, or various components working together it invites the possibility of failure.
That’s not to harp on Allen’s design. We think it’s incredible that they’ve managed to shake up the industry with something innovative and affordable.
But, a hitch mounted bike rack will be faster to mount and unmount every time. It just depends on your preference and if you want to permanently modify your vehicle.
I’d like a hitch mounted bike rack, how do I install it?
Installing a hitch receiver takes some work, and if you don’t want to do it yourself there is a great option with a location likely near you. Uhaul installs receivers in 1500 locations, and can install one for your Civic.
This is their page to find an installer near you.
I’m liking some of these racks, but I think I’d like to transport the bicycle on my roof instead. How would I do that?
That’s great, not everyone likes the feeling of driving with a bicycle mounted by their trunk. If you’d prefer to have it on your roof you’ll need to install two pieces of equipment.
Firstly, a roof rack. These can vary in price quite a bit but there are some good options out there. The big names are Thule, Rola, and Yakima. After you get your roof rack then you need to get a mounted tire carrier. With those two pieces of equipment, you’re ready to have your bicycle mounted to your roof.
We hope that this guide helped you make an informed decision on a rack for your Honda Civic! In our eyes, the Allen Deluxe rack is a great choice for those of you without hitch receivers. And if you do have one, then the Swagman XC2 is a sturdy option.
Whatever you end up choosing, let us know how it worked out for you. We love to hear from our readers.
Thank you for stopping by and good luck on your search!
I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.