A year ago, we switched from a pop-up camper with a roof rack to a travel trailer. That left us with bikes taking up a lot of room in the truck. So after an exhausting search for something sturdy that would attach to our trailer's bumper, I stumbled across this little gem. Heavy duty, lockable, and best of all, it doesn't interfere with the spare tire or block the license plate when loaded with standard adult bikes. Another reviewer mentioned spacing 2 bikes apart, thinking 3 would be "cozy". We found that loading our 2 bikes in the 2 bays closest to the trailer, kept them secure and did not allow them to bang against each other. After securing the bike frames to the carrier with a safety strap (just in case), the front tire of the bike closest to the trailer rested against the vinyl spare tire cover. After two trips to remote, rustic campgrounds, we have no signs of wear on the cover or the bikes. Hubby did have a tool & die friend of his make up a custom bumper hitch and drawbar to which this is secured; but these items are available on the market. Reminds me of the old style Reese hitch bike carrier we used between our first pop-up and our SUV. Sturdy, reliable. -- One note, though. We see many folks try to eliminate the need for the adaptors by hanging the bikes unevenly on the rack. That changes the center of balance. Do yourself and other motorists a favor. Buy the suggested adaptors for women's bikes and those with larger than normal or odd shaped frames. We used them on both my bike and my husband's mountain bike. Overstock has the quick release adaptors in a two pack at a great price! They are much easier to use than the old style adaptors.
I'm on my third season with these upright racks. They aren't as stable as the Thule, Yakima, Saris, and other name brand upright racks, but they have never failed me in use. The wheel straps wore out after one season and the rubber pieces that are in contact with the down tube have fallen out , but I rigged up replacements. I'm actually back on overstock.com to buy an additional pair, three years later. I still use the original uprights, but these will be to replace my standard bike trays where I need to remove the front wheel--secretly I'm also going to try to rig them up to carry a tandem, but I don't think that the upright bars will offer enough lateral support. I use the racks for my mtb and my road bike. I am mindful of keeping the nuts that hold the upright bars on the tray snug to reduce the lateral movements. For the budget minded, this is a great way to go. And the idea that they come with locks is great because with other brands you need to buy them in addition to their $200 for a single upright.
The good: The most inexpensive bike rack with a frame holder I've found...and you get 2 of these with your order! The racks fit nicely on to my roof rack (2007 Ford Escape) and simple mounting design seems to make them adaptable to various roof rack styles. The not so bad: The rails the tires rest in are a bit flimsy and channel is a bit thin for a mountain bike style bike (still works) and the materials overall are not the best quality so I guess you get what you pay for, but they do the job. I would give it a 4 star rating if: channel holding tires were wider and of stronger material. Inexpensive+, Quality- Recommend, maybe.
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