Personal Vehicle Bicycle Racks

Sportworks Transport and T2 Racks

No components or parts for any hitch mount or roof mount consumer bicycle racks are available from Sportworks.

In 1997, Sportworks developed a bicycle rack for personal vehicles with the name TranSport. These quick-load racks with contact only to the bicycle tires were quite different than other designs in the market at the time. In 2004, we replaced the TranSport racks with the Sportworks T2 rack family. In 2005, we sold our entire consumer rack line of business to Thule. The sale included designs, tooling, and all inventory. When we sold the line of business to Thule, we stopped manufacturing the racks and exited the consumer bicycle rack business entirely.

Transport Rack
Sportworks T2

Sportworks TranSport Rack: Discontinued in 2004. No components of this rack are available from either Sportworks or Thule.

Sportworks T2 rack. This rack design, with some minor changes, continues to be manufactured by Thule. Some components may be available from Thule. Visit Thule

Sportworks Front Of Bus Bicycle Racks For Personal Use

We receive many inquiries regarding the use of our front-of-vehicle transit bicycle racks for personal vehicles, including commercial vehicles that are not in commercial service. Our front of vehicle transit bicycle racks are designed specifically for transit vehicles in commercial service with professional drivers. We choose not to sell those racks and their associated parts for other uses for which they were not designed and are not appropriate.

We will not knowingly sell our exterior-mounted bicycle racks with single extensible support arms for uses other than transit vehicles in commercial service with professional drivers.

Sportworks has long considered the best practices, including safety, for bicycle racks used on transit vehicles in commercial service with professional drivers as compared to racks for general vehicle use. Sportworks has determined that transit vehicles in commercial service with professional drivers are best served by bicycle racks with retention of the front wheel only, mounted on the front of the vehicle. Vehicles in general use are best served by bicycle racks that retain both the front and rear wheels and are mounted on the rear of the vehicle. The clear distinction is both due to environmental factors, like vehicle suspension considerations, travel surface considerations, travel speed, and use factors, like ease of loading and route schedules. All Sportworks transit bicycle racks have been designed for transit vehicles in commercial service with professional drivers and retain only the front wheel.

Other bicycle rack design and mounting considerations include approach angle encroachment, headlight interference, radiator airflow, windshield and wiper interference, driver assistance systems, and driver visibility.

Hitch Rack Platform Style

If you like our front of vehicle racks, then we recommend a platform style hitch mounted rack. Key features are that both the front and rear wheels are retained, and that the rack contacts the bicycle at the tires only. These features make the bicycle rack easy to use and will keep your bike secure to the rack. Excellent products are available from Thule, as well as Kuat, Rocky Mounts, Saris, Yakima, and others.