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I have a 2021 Honda Pilot and am interested in a Bicycle carrier/hitch. Any recommendations as to a good bicycle carrier/hitch for the back of my Pilot (not interested in a roof rack)?

Also, should I just go to the Honda dealer for installation? Or a specialist?

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You could look on Amazon for ones that attach to the trailer hitch? Do you have a trailer hitch? Easy to put one in there, if you have one.
 

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I have a 2021 Honda Pilot and am interested in a Bicycle carrier/hitch. Any recommendations as to a good bicycle carrier/hitch for the back of my Pilot (not interested in a roof rack)?

Also, should I just go to the Honda dealer for installation? Or a specialist?
Step one would be to get a 2” hitch whether or not you tow or never plan to tow. The hitch opens up your options since you don’t want the roof top or interior carrier. Stop by a local bike specialty shop to gain useful information about bike carriers as the price has a wide range. Generally you will find less expensive versions capable to do the job and more expensive versions may secure the bike better as some have a platform for the bike. Post up what you decide to help others make the right decision for their needs
 

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Yakima DoubleDown is what we've used. You can get them used for $200 or new for more. Their customer service is great. It feels stable and can hold up to 4 bikes. Easy to install, and you can open the hatch with the bikes on.

I wouldn't cheap out too much because you don't want your bikes flying off while you're doing 85 on the interstate.
 

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Get a hitch and then any hitch-based rack by Thule or Yakima. I bought the Thule and it has been fine for years. Suggest you have your bikes picked out first. Some of the new upright style bikes have tiny frames which might present some challenges fitting on the rack.
 

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Get a hitch and then any hitch-based rack by Thule or Yakima. I bought the Thule and it has been fine for years. Suggest you have your bikes picked out first. Some of the new upright style bikes have tiny frames which might present some challenges fitting on the rack.
Good point.
Also some women's bikes require you to buy a bar to put across so it'll fit on the rack.
 

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I have the swagman XTC4.

Couple good things:
It's very reasonable priced.
Its 60lbs so it's heavy duty.
Comes with a lock and cable.
The tire holder hoops can be swapped out for cradles. This makes it easier to fit kids bikes.

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Bad:
Its 60lbs.
It's not exactly compact, even when folded up so you'll be to figure out where to store it when not in use.


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If you don’t have a hitch, look at etrailer.com, a lot cheaper than going to the dealer. I got one for my ‘19 pilot and didn’t have to cut the bumper.
 

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If you don’t have a hitch, look at etrailer.com, a lot cheaper than going to the dealer. I got one for my ‘19 pilot and didn’t have to cut the bumper.
The dealer one doesn't cut the bumper, they provide a new gray plastic piece.
It takes about 30 minutes to undo the clips, you'll need a small screw driver.

Search hitch post and you'll find better detail.

The quick and easy way is etrailer or uhaul hitch but it sits below the bumper.
 

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The dealer one doesn't cut the bumper, they provide a new gray plastic piece.
It takes about 30 minutes to undo the clips, you'll need a small screw driver.

Search hitch post and you'll find better detail.

The quick and easy way is etrailer or uhaul hitch but it sits below the bumper.
I much prefer the look of the OEM one. If I'm spending Pilot prices I'm going to go with the one that looks a lot better to me rather than kick myself later.

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I second all the above choices - Saris, Swagman, Thule, Yakima. I have a gen 1 Pilot and the easiest to install, load/unload, remove is the "original" Swagman - light mine will hold 4 adult bikes. If you want to have it on all the time, make sure the rack clears the rear hatch open/closing - the Swagman did not allow this but I removed it after each use.

BUT what kind of bikes are you hauling, Mtn bikes full suspension racks will be different than road bike so make sure the rack will take your bike to the places you want to go. Also, much to my disappointment my 21 SE, with the "cool foot activated" (takes more practice than its worth) rear lift will need to be relocated.
 
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