All right today, we're going to review part number RBC038 from Rhino-Rack. First off, this is designed for 2-inch receiver hitches only and also there are two threaded holes in the shank so we can adjust the distance between the bumper and the bicycle rack. Okay, and this part is the hinge where we can tilt the bicycle rack out of the way so we have better access to the back of your vehicle. Next, we're go along to the post and it has a protective covering on it to help keep from the post of the bike rack from interfering with the frames and the cranks of the bicycles, and you can adjust the padding up and down as needed. Just at the top of the post is a hinge where the arms can unfold to hold the bikes. Okay, next we're going to the cradles and you'll see how they're easily moved back and forth and rotate.
This will allow the cradles to come in different combinations of bicycles. In the strap, you can see we use pops right off and that's what holds the top tube of the bike to the cradles. You can also do it on the inside detail with the cradles and their straps to make room for the cables on the bike. All right now, the bicycle rack does come up with all the tools needed for assembly and also includes two different anti-rattle bolts, one locking and one non-locking. The bicycle rack also comes with a strap to help secure the bikes and also keep them from moving around when they go down the road.
All right now, we'll go ahead and try this out in the hitch. We'll slide this into our 2-inch receiver on our vehicle. We'll line up the hitch pin holes then install the anti-rattle bolt. We'll install this, getting the bicycle rack as close to the vehicle as possible. And when we install our bicycle rack into the hitch, we'll use our locking hitch pin and 15-mm socket to tighten it down.
And then we'll go ahead and install the lock on top, which covers up the nut so you can't use the tool to back off the bolt. Next, we'll go ahead and tilt back the bicycle rack. We'll pull out the pin. It's keyed so there's one way before we can pull it out and we can check access to the back of the vehicle at the same time. All right now, we can go ahead and unfold the bicycle rack arms so we can load up the bike and the same thing applies to pull the keyed pin out, rotate the arms up, and reinstall the pin.
All right now, we'll go ahead and load up the bike. We'll make sure that the straps are out of the way on the cradles we're going to use then we'll load up the bike. We'll balance it out and then reinstall the straps over the top tube of the bike. All right now, we'll take our strap and run it around the back side of the bicycle rack, and through the wheels and around the frame of the bicycle. Once again, it will help keep the bike from moving back and forth. Now, if we have, of course, more bikes, we would run it off through the wheels and the frames and then synch it down. It would have so much leftover strap. Once you get your regular set of bicycles and it's leveled up on the bike rack and it's situated where you want them, you can take the cradles and secure it into place. There's a little cap on the edge underneath the gray part of the cradle that you pull up and you can use a Philips screwdriver to tighten down and keep it in place. So if you need your cradle at an angle for one bike, you can tighten it down and leave it like that and leave them straight through the rest of the bike if needed. And with that, that will finish it for our review of part number RBC038 from Rhino-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.