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Recommendation of a Light Weight, Platform Bike Rack that Does Not Use a Threaded Hitch Pin


I purchased a 2 valley hitch from you and installed it on my vehicle. We love it. So now I am looking for a new bike rack to install on it. In searching through racks I have not yet found one to meet my needs. Here is what we want in a rack a platform style, that can be easily placed and removed from the vehicle. That is the problem as all the racks I have come across have the screw in type of hitch pin. We do not leave bike racks on our car, we like to take it on and off after each use, and the screw pin makes that a huge pain. Since we want it to come on and off the vehicle very easy, I want one that can use a regular style 5/8 pin instead of the screw type. Is there a rack that is available that does not use the screw type pin, or should I just get the one I want and drill out the threads so I can use the type of pin I require. Thanks

asked by: scot

Expert Reply:

There are two platform style bike racks I recommend for ease of installation/removal and do not use a threaded hitch pin. First is the Kuat Aluminum, Hitch Mounted 2 Bike Rack with Wheel Mount Cradles - The NV - 2 inch Receiver, # N101. This rack is made of light weight aluminum (the carrier only weighs 42 pounds), and tilts down to give you more access to the rear of the vehicle. I have included a video review of this rack below.

Next is the Kuat Sherpa, # S101. This rack is also made of aluminum, weighs a low 27 pounds, and does not use a threaded pin. It also can tilt down for better access to the rear of your vehicle. I have included a video review of this rack as well.

expert reply by: Michael H

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