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Can Thule Roadway Bike Rack be Used in 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch

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Can the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack fit in a 1.25inch hitch WITHOUT using an adaptor? I plan to have a 1.25inch hitch installed and want a bike rack that fits into it without requiring a 2inch to 1.25inch adaptor.

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Yes, the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack # TH912XTR can absolutely be used in a 1-1/4 hitch like the Draw-Tite # 36493 that fits your 2010 Subaru Outback (assuming it is not the Sport model).

The Roadway has a 1-1/4 inch shank so it will fit perfectly! I do recommend using the Snug Tite hitch lock # THSTL2 to lock this bike rack to your trailer hitch and protect your investment.

I have added links to video reviews of the Snug Tite lock and Thule Roadway for you to check out as well.

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Im also looking at the Thule Helium Aero 2. Would that also fit in the Draw-Tite 36493 hitch without adaptor

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Yes, the Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack TH9042 will work with the Draw-Tite # 36493 for your 2010 Subaru Outback; however, this bike rack measures just 4-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack (the locking knob) and the Draw-Tite hitch measures 5-1/2 inches from the hitch pin hole to the bumper so there isn't quite enough room for it to fit.

If you are looking for a similar alternative to the Helium I recommend checking out the Yakima Ridgeback # Y02457 which will also fit the hitch without an adapter. Like the Helium it is light, weighing just 20 lbs and also is very easy to use. It has a SpeedKnob which you only need to turn to tighten the rack inside the hitch. It tilts with the use of a spring-loaded pin, uses anti-sway cradles that holds you bikes at 3 points to ensure they don't contact each other or your Subaru and are cushioned to minimize bike vibration.

The LiteRider # Y02472 comes with locks to secure the rack to your hitch and your bikes to the rack to help protect your investment. It has a 35 lb per bike capacity and comes with a lifetime warranty. I have added links to a pair of video reviews of this rack for you to take a look at as well.

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