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Can Hanging Style Bike Racks be Tilted With Bikes Still on them

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Can any of these racks be tilted down while two bikes are still loaded on the rack?

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Hanging style bike racks, like the Thule Roadway # TH912XTR you referenced, are meant to tilt only when the bikes are unloaded. This is a great feature for accessing your rear hatch or trunk without having to take the whole bike rack off, but if the bikes are still loaded it is a little more inconvenient.

If you are wanting to keep your bikes loaded and access your rear hatch or trunk area then you would either need to use a swinging bike rack like the Apex Swing # TH9027XT or a platform rack like the Transfer # KU74FR.

The swinging bike rack is a great option if you have a 2" receiver and you would like complete access to the back of your vehicle while the Transfer is a great option because the tilting feature is a little easier to operate than swinging the whole bike rack out of the way.

If you let me know the year/make/model of your vehicle and if you have a hitch already installed I can make more specific recommendations if need be.

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