How to Transport Trike and Recumbent Bike on Vehicle

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Looking at Hollywood SE2 with adapter for one recumbent bike and one recumbent trike. Cant quite believe we can hang that much weight that far off the back of the car and be ok going down lumpy roads. The bouncing would be horrendous and we worry about damaging the car as well as dragging the bikes when we go up a steep driveway. Comments?

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The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider # HR1450Z-R-TRKADP2 features a 100 pound weight capacity (for both bikes combined). When determining the safety of a particular rack, you will not only need to remain below the weight limit of the rack itself, but also your vehicle and trailer hitch. You will need to make sure that the combined weight of the rack (75 pounds) and loaded bikes do not exceed the tongue weight capacity of the hitch or vehicle. If all of these requirements are met, then you can feel confident that it is safe to use. Hitch and bike rack manufacturers do take into account the type of abuse these components will take on when traveling down hills or over bumps and specificy the weight ratings accordingly.

This particular bike rack is designed to handle either 1 standard bike and 1 trike, or two standard recumbent bikes. It is not designed to handle the weight and size of both a recumbent trike and recumbent bike at the same time like what you have. We do not have a hitch-mounted rack available that has this capability.

You can use this carrier to secure your trike and then a roof mounted option for your other standard recumbent. For this, I recommend the Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH558P. This carrier features a longer base that is designed for recumbents. This carrier will attach to a square or round bar roof rack system. If you can tell me the year, make, and model of your vehicle, I will be happy to recommend a roof rack system if you do not already have one installed.

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