These are the parts that will consist of the bicycle rack, well show you how they come together. One stipulation is that this is made only for a two inch receiver hitch. Well start by ing our shank into our hitch. Well use the bottom half here and then use our hitch pin/anti-sway bolt to hold it in place. Next well install the swing out arm portion of the bike rack. The swing arm assembly consists of the bolt, two washers and a nut. Now well install the main body of the bicycle rack. Again this will install with the same bolt, two washers and a nut. The next step is to go ahead and assemble the lock assembly for the hitch pin. Step one we have to take off the protective covers off the locks themselves, step two well install the lock cylinders, and three well test its operation. Now well test the lock on the hitch pin to verify that it works. With the first lock done well move on the second lock which has the same procedure for installing it. This will be for the cable lock for the bicycles. Lets go ahead and test our lock. Lets get the rack ready to accept the bikes, what we have to do first is rotate the cradles facing the right side up. Then well get the straps out of our way and test fit the bike. Now we have the bike attached with the cradles, now well one up it by adding one of the anti-sway brackets. This will keep the bike from moving around on the rack.
Today were going to talk about getting your bikes together with your vehicle so you can go riding. Over here we have a variety of different bikes, the mom and dads bikes, and the kids bikes. Obviously, they have all different types of frames and sizes. What we are going to do here is figure out what kind of bicycle rack works with your type of bikes. To start off there are three different types of bicycle racks, i guess you could say three different configurations. One is the single arm version, on the left hand side here. It is pretty much the original design bicycle rack, not much has changed besides clamps and the hinge part at the bottom. It is the most economical one, for the most part it is the most tried and true piece of equipment. The next one in the center here, is called the two armed version. Basically, it is more stable, has two points of contact on the bicycle rack. It has pretty much been around as long as the single arm version, again it has proven technology, and pretty much there is not much to it except for the width on them. And then the last version is the wheel mount, which is relatively new. It grabs the bikes by the wheel and the frame so you have three points of contact compared to the other two.