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My NEW Bicycle Rack is exactly what I was looking for!

Written By: Gary on May 11, 2011 3 Comments

So I’ve been needing a new bicycle rack for the last few years; ever since the bicycle accident where a tire rolled off a car and while I managed to swerve, out of the way, it still managed to ruin my bicycle and my bike rack (both of which I really really liked). I’d gotten a new bike and it just didn’t fit right (the bar on my new bike is tilted) so it didn’t fit on the new rack (or the old rack) all that well. So I had to use the old rack and put the bike on upside down (which actually worked pretty well) but I had to use pliers to tighten the old rack and it just wasn’t as convenient as before.

So I’ve been googling, eBaying and sticking my head into bike shops all over, looking for a new rack. Something that plugs into my trailer hitch (which I only have to support a bike rack) and the bike sits into it (these are generally referred to as cradles, carriers or platforms) and isn’t too huge (I have a tiny garage). Actually, that’s pretty much exactly what I got…

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I love it!!! Not only does it hold the the bike up higher than the old rack, I can actually close the garage door with one bike on the rack (I didn’t try it with two); so if I want to set it up for morning or just leave it on for the next day, I’m good to go! Until late last summer, I didn’t see any similar to this that weren’t either huge or expensive then I spotted this Hollywood rack on Hines Drive (which looks identical except the knobs and the cool up/down sliders that I don’t have). I just wish it was supposed to be sunny tomorrow…

Minor complaint: It’s even smart enough to fold down for a SUV or some vehicle with a rear door (which I don’t have), so I think it’s going to rattle a bit more (update) rattling is not a issue for me at all. And the knobs are a little hard to twist, but once I get them most of them adjusted, I won’t need to adjust them any more (just the up/down one). It’s hard to see the up/down support, but you can see them on the links below. And the site lists it as a “powder coat rust resistant finish” but I’m not sure what the “powder” part is, it’s smooth steel, I kind of expected a slightly rougher surface (but I don’t really know these things).

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Here’s a picture of it folded up on the back of the car, so it does get quite a bit smaller. And while it’s pretty compact, it doesn’t really stand up on it’s own once you take it off. It fits my 1.25″ trailer hitch and comes with the adapter for a 2″ hitch. It took me (just like the box said) about fifteen minutes tops to put it together, it was only two bolts and all the hand tighteners.

I ended up buying it from Proline Products they have several other (more expensive) similar 2 bike racks and some 4 bike racks. I ordered it Monday from Greg (at extension 202) and it got here Wednesday the same wek; I only called on the phone since the site listed a scratched one (for less) and I couldn’t get it into my cart, but I think it’s in excellent shape.

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3 Responses to “My NEW Bicycle Rack is exactly what I was looking for!”

  1. Gary LaPointe says on: 11 May 2011 at 11:40 pm

    When I say “rolled off a car”, I mean flew off the front as it was driving down the road…

  2. Gary LaPointe says on: 14 May 2011 at 1:58 pm

    And of course(!) it’s raining all weekend :(

  3. Gary says on: 27 June 2013 at 12:50 pm

    After a few years of use, I really do like this rack. It could be a little tighter at the connection points where the pins and bolts go through. It’s a little loose but I don’t hear much rattling. I think the inside holes are smaller so there is just a little too much unnecessary shifting going on since the pin needs to fit the smaller holes.

    I’ve been tempted to redrill the holes and put bigger pins in it, but that’s not really my area of expertise, so I don’t really want to mess with it and screw it up.

    If anything ever happened to it, I think I’d replace it with a more expensive brand, the few others I’ve seen seem to have a tighter fit. Even the only slightly more expensive ones from the same web site seem like they might be a little sturdier. And when I say study, I just mean a little less shifting/sway, I’ve NEVER had any fear that it would fall apart or anything like that!

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