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28th Aug 2015

The Top 3 Bike Racks of the Summer

It has been a hot summer so far and we have seen lots of families and adventurers come through our stores, looking for the best bike rack they can for the best price.  We  have found that each family or individual has a wide variety of needs based on their activities and frequency of use, and we’re happy to help.  Below we discuss the three top selling hitch mounted racks of the summer.  And remember, we can guarantee lowest price on any of these:

The Kuat NV

The NV retails for $549 and can be seen here:

http://www.racknroad.com/product/kuat-nv-platform-2-bike.html

The good folks from Springfield Missouri can make an awesome rack!  It has some of the same features as the popular Thule T2 and the Yakima Holdup (ratcheting arm and integrated cable lock) but the NV’s unique features help it outrun the competition.  For example, it comes in two cool color selection: black and chrome or smoke and orange.  It also has a built-in repair stand for pre-ride prep or post-ride cleanup and as they describe, “it is a fully loaded stunner.”

Thule T2 916XTR

916_sized_900x600The T2 retails for $449 and can be seen here:

http://www.racknroad.com/product/thule-916xtr-t2.html

The Thule T2 is probably the most cost efficient and most reliable tray style bike rack currently on the market, explaining why so many bikers prefer it. Besides offering a integrated cable lock that secures the bike without making frame contact, it also has a reinforced tray that provides maximum strength and rust-free protection. Overall, the Thule T2 is the best at getting the job done at an affordable price.

Yakima HoldUp

The HoldUp retails for $449 and can be seen here:

http://www.racknroad.com/product/yakima-holdup-2-inch-black.html

Both Kuat and Thule have great tray style racks, but sometimes getting the darn bike on these trays can drive a person crazy! Enter the HoldUp. This is where the Yakima platform style rack shines. In 10 seconds or less a person can have their bike up and ready to go on their next adventure. It also has the same features as the competitors, including a mast that folds up and into itself when not in use, and can tilt down for rear-of-vehicle access, and integrated locks.

Tray style hitch racks are great options if you are looking for convenience and style. They are especially useful for unusually shaped bikes or bikes you’d prefer to avoid frame contact. All of the above racks can also be extended to carry 4 bikes, although only on a 2″ hitch. If your vehicle is lower to the ground, you might consider an upright rack as the tray style does hang low loaded with bikes.

29th Jul 2015

Check it out! Our top selling rack!

Thule Helium Aero 9043

Mind blowing!  We love the new Thule Helium Aero Bike Rack…but we never thought it would be this popular.
The new Thule Helium Aero comes in both a 2 bike and 3 bike version.  It’s got all the bells and whistles including fully locking features and this thing they call the AutoAttach Lock Knob.  Basically, there’s a cable to lock up your bikes and the special knob makes taking this rack on and off extremely easy.  The whole rack only weighs about 25 lbs (some type of ultra-light aluminum), so when we show it to people, we insist that they actually hold it in their hands and try the installation themselves.  Most people know they have the rack for them once that happens.

This is the perfect rack for those living the “compact” lifestyle.  Anyone with limited space, whether it be in your garage or on your car, love this rack.  The Helium Aero rack has the ability to fold down for rear hatch access and the arms can fold down for an even more compact setup.  It has a small footprint in your garage and is light enough to be stored on a shelf if needed.  It fits into both 1 1/4″ and 2″ hitches and has great ground clearance, so it is compatible with all car models.  It is especially popular on smaller cars like the Toyota Prius, Honda Fit, VW, Golf, or Subaru Impreza…to name a few.
Thule Helium Aero 90433It works like your typical mast-style rack and can carry most bike models.  It has some pretty cool cradles and cages that hold and support your bike, preventing it from banging around and damaging itself, other bikes, or your car.  One reason we feel this has sold so well is because it makes sense: it’s a good price for all the features and customer’s love the feel and ease of use of the rack.

We have several employees “testing” this rack as we speak…