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Bike Rack FAQ: Are thule bike racks universal?

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Bike Rack FAQ: Are thule bike racks universal?

Quick FAQ Answer

We get emailed this Thule bike rack universal question quite often. You have googled the right answer here. Below is a quick answer to help you make the best Thule bike racks universal decision for your upcoming cycling road trip.

The short answer is no. One universal Thule bike rack system doesn’t exist for all types of cars. 

Here’s the “why” and things to keep in mind to help in this process

First, a difference exists between the rack system that may come on your car and the rack system you may need to install to attach a bike rack or other Thule products.  Keep this point in the front of your mind as you read below and research this question. 

The simple answer is it depends on the Thule roof rack system you own or are looking to rent or is factory installed on your car. Thule makes an assortment of rack systems that vary depending on your car’s roof system.

One has to look to the Thule rack rack model number and how old the Thule rack is to better determine the answer to this question. A one size approach doesn’t exist for all Thule roof rack questions. 

Thule has recent started making rack systems that fit on a larger assortment of car manufacturer’s factory installed roof rack system or other rack manufacturer’s products. 

Additional Resources to Help More

We recommend you check out our Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Roof Top Carrier that can help explain the different rooftop rack options that exist. 

This guide will also help you select the right Thule bike rack for your upcoming trip. 

You may also want to check out Thule Fit My Car Guide as well. This website allows you to enter your make and model. Though you will need to know if you car has a rack system to start. 

Interested in renting a Thule bike rack? Check out our rental options here. We offer an assortment of rental bike rack options that work on a variety of cars. 

Let us help you today. 

Feel free to email us if you have additional Thule questions, we are glad to help and make you a happy customer. 

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