How to Transport 4 Bikes with 2017 Chevy Bolt EV

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Can the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4inch and 2inch Hitches - Tilting - Y02458 or Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4inch and 2inch Hitches - Tilting - Y02424 be used with this hitch to carry two adult bikes and two kids bikes? We would like to be able to bring our familys bikes around.

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The hitch you mentioned # 24956 is a Class I hitch which means it has a very low weight capacity. That means it can only carry up to two bikes at a time due to the increased weight and leverage of bikes beyond the 2 bike portion of the rack. Also, Yakima does not have any bike racks compatible with Class I hitches.

The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info.

If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video for this product also. This will allow the bikes to be carried more level and will provide more ground clearance.

For the other two bikes you'd need a roof rack and roof bike carrier. For a roof rack you'd need the part # TH711420, # TH480R, and THKIT1857 if you have a naked roof or part numbers # TH711420, # TH460R, and # THKIT3168 if you have flush mounted rails on the roof. Then for a bike rack that let's you keep the front wheel installed you'd want the # TH599000.

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Hi Jameson, Will the Swagman XTC-2 2 bike rack work with the Chevy Bolt class 1 hitch? https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Swagman/S64670.html I'm wondering if this will be good for the kids bikes since the top tubes don't go straight across. Is that right? Still have to get a roof rack for the two adult bikes though. Thanks for your help.

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Yes, the Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 would fit the hitch I mentioned and would be a great option. This is another one of our very popular racks that works very well at a great price.

My Dad has this bike rack and has been using it frequently for the past several years and he still really likes it.

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