Bike Rack Recommendation for Single E-Bike on 2017 Buick Encore

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Recommended bike rack for Buick Encore 2017 to accommodate an ebike in a 1in and 1/4 inch receiver. Does this rack come for a single bike? I will be unable to lift a bike up and over to get it near the vehicle as recommended. Or, is it okay to use to put my bike on the outside rack when it is a heavy ebike? This rack needs to go on a Buick Encore 1in 1/4 inch receiver hitch.

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You should place your E-Bike as close to your 2017 Buick Encore as possible when using the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B, which means on the inside of the rack. The reason for this is so the rack and your bike remain as stable as possible and does not put added stress on either. The Freedom does not have a 1-bike rack option though the center mast does fold down like in the accompanying photo to help ease the loading process.

The better option that I strongly recommend instead is to use a 1-bike rack compatible with the Class II, 1-1/4 inch Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 36554 that fits your '17 Encore.

The best single-bike rack for your E-bike is the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Platform Rack # RKY10007 because it will be the easiest rack for you to use. It has wheel cradles that pivot to make loading your bike easier than with other racks, and weighs only 25 lbs but has a 60 lb capacity.

The MonoRail Solo also has a lever that allows you to fold the bike rack up or tilt it down which is very convenient compared to racks that only do this with the use of pins, and offers you security with its included cable lock and hitch lock to help protect your investments.

This rack is highly durable and even comes with a lifetime warranty so it could very well be the last bike rack you'll ever need. I have added links to video reviews of both the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1-Bike Rack # RKY10007 and Saris Freedom 2-Bike Rack # SA4412B for you to take a look at.

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Thank you so much for all this information. I do still have a couple of questions. A friend of mine who bought an electric bike also purchased a Thule T1 rack. Because I'm very short, and challenged with minimal upper body strength, and arthritic hands, I need the lightest bicycle rack and one that would not require hand strength for tightening, and one that is the lowest to lift the bike onto. As I do not see an option to try all three ideas out, I do have to ask very specific questions. Thank you ahead of time for helping me out. I hope to build endurance and hope to love my ebike oh, but I definitely need a way to transport it that will not prevent me from biking.

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You are more than welcome to ask as many specific questions as you like to try and find the best option for a bike rack and I'll do my best to help you find the right solution.

The Thule T1 # TH9041 your friend has is a great bike rack and very similar to the RockyMounts MonoRail # RKY10007 but the Thule is a few pounds heavier. Otherwise they install the same and you have to tighten the rack in the hitch with a tool (which is included) and is a lot like a wrench.

A similar rack is the Yakima SingleSpeed 1-Bike Platform Rack # Y02481 and while this is a 20 lb rack, it only has a 40 lb capacity which may not be enough for your E-Bike, and it installs with a SpeedKnob that you have to use your hands to twist in order to secure the hitch. The tool that you use with the RockyMounts # RKY10007 would allow you to use more of your arms instead of just your hands to tighten, but with any rack there is going to be some effort in securing it to your hitch.

All things considered I do believe with your specific situation that the RockyMounts MonoRail # RKY10007 is the best option overall to carry your E-Bike.

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