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Trunk-Mount Recumbent Bike Carrier for 2002 Honda Accord 2-Door Coupe

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Hello! I looking for a bike carrier to my car: Honda Accord 2002 Liftback Version. Do you have compatible carrier, or can you recommend some kind of carrier? I prefer carrier on tailgate car.

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Thank you for the photo of your bike, which appears to be a recumbent type. Often these bikes are fairly heavy and long, and that is a consideration for a trunk-mount type bike rack since the entire weight of the rack and bike will be on the trunk/hatch.

The Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier # TH910XT is a confirmed fit on your 2002 Honda Accord 2-door coupe and it provides a 35-lbs-per-bike weight capacity. If your bike is within this weight rating then this rack is a fine cost-effective option.

I feel you would be better off with a Class I hitch like # 24791 and a hitch-mount recumbent carrier like the Saris Freedom Bike Rack for 2 Recumbents Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # SA4412B-R. This and other recumbent-friendly Class I hitch racks are shown on the linked page. This also has a 35 pound per bike limit, but it would not be at risk of damaging your car like the trunk rack and it was made for bikes with long wheel bases.

If you bike is heavier than 35 pounds, you could use a small utility trailer like the Detail K2 Mighty Multi Utility Trailer - 6' Long - 1,295 lbs # K2MMT4X6. The bed of this trailer is 72" long x 48" wide so you would have plenty of room for your recumbent, your other bike, and even room for other items. You would need some tie-downs like the Erickson Ratchet Tie-Down Straps w/ Web Clamps and S-Hooks - 1" x 10' - 500 lbs - Qty 4 # EM31352 to secure your bikes. You could even add a set of ramps to make loading and unloading an easier task.

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