I was looking for rooftop bike carriers as a trunk mount was interfering with bodywork on car. For the price, TWO of the is a great deal. Most places wanted $$ for just one. Quality is adequate, not ****** brand higher quality. Seemed a little flimsy at first and it proved otherwise after the first drive to my favorite riding spot. Great rack for the price.
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.
This is my first bike rack, and assembly was very easy. It is also quite a deal on overstock.com to get two racks for the price of one on another website (same rack). It is quite a challenge to hoist bikes on top of my car, but I was expecting that. Putting the clamp in place once the bike is up there does require some rocking back and forth of the bike. Once the clamp is on and locked it does feel secure. Initially i was nervous with the bikes up there, especially since this was my first time using a bike rack like this. We drove these loaded bike racks on about a 2 hour trip, and after awhile I forgot that the bikes were even up on the roof! So, overall they do the job :)
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