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Can You Tilt the Thule Roadway 2 With Bikes Attached

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Can the rack be lowered with bicycles still attached?

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I do have an option for you but it is not recommended to tilt most hanging style bike racks like the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack part # TH912XTR with bikes still attached as the hinges aren't designed to bear this extra weight and the bikes would likely come into contact with the ground.

Therefore, you can either choose to remove your bikes each time or switch to a platform style bike rack that will allow you to keep the bikes attached when tilted away from the vehicle. For this, I recommend the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack part # S64683. The other major advantage of a platform style bike rack like the Swagman Chinook 2 is that you can carry a much heavier bike, it it easier to load your bikes onto the carrier, and you won't need an adapter for any womens/kids bikes.

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