Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Hitch Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Hitch Bike Rack

Today we'll be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for an inch and a quarter and 2 inch hitches. Part number HR200. This versatile platform rack allows you to carry up to 2 bikes on the rear of you vehicle. It's fully adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of bike sizes and styles. It secures our bikes in 3 locations. We have a padded frame hook going over our top 2 and then we have 2 wheel straps.

We've gone and removed the bikes so we an take a closer look. It achieves it's adjustability with the sliding wheel cradle. Simply loosen up the knob, adjust it where you like it, and re-tighten it. With the sliding frame hooks, they adjust for bikes of different heights. When not in use, the center mast can be tilted away so you can gain access to your rear hatch. Simply pull out the center pin, rotate it back, and as you can see we've got plenty of room to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip.

It features a 5 inch shank rise which is going to give us better ground clearance here at the rear. The customers at our website are comparing this bike rack to Swagman XTC2. The XTC2 center mast folds to the left or right whereas the Trail Rider folds away. Both options are great for accessing your rear hatch but the Trail Rider center mast makes it easier to load up bikes. The shank rise on our XTC2 is 3 inches whereas on the Trail Rider it's 5 inches, so you're going to get that extra 2 inches of clearance at the very back. The XTC2's wheel straps are rubber whereas on the Trail Rider they're hook and loop.

The rubber wheel straps may hold up longer. It's made out of a sturdy steel construction with a black powder coat finish so it's going to resist rust and corrosion. It has a weight capacity of 45 pounds per bike and it has a limited lifetime warranty. Now that we get all of the features I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We've got it in the storage position right now. This would be the ideal position when it's not in use to store it in your garage.

I've got my 2 inch adapter installed on my inch and a quarter shank here and that's included. Let's go ahead and load it into the receiver tube. Next thing we'll do is we'll line up our pin holes. Once we've got those lined up we'll take our included anti-rattle bolt and clip and thread that though. The nice thing about the anti-rattle bolt is it's going to help reduce a lot of play and rattle within our receiver in our bike rack here to make for a nice solid ride for our 2 bikes. Once we've got that hand-tightened, we're just going to take a three quarter of an inch wrench and tighten it the rest of the way down. Once you've got that nice and secure, as you can see there's no movement there, go ahead and take our clip and put it through the other side. Now in preparation for loading up our bikes we'll need to lower down our cradle arms. We can do that by pulling out the pin on each side, realigning the hole here, and then reinserting it. We'll also want to undo our wheel straps. For loading up our first bike we can go to that same tilt feature. We'll pull out the pin, move it out of the way. Now it's recommended that you load up the heaviest bike first. I just set my tires on the cradles. With that our bike in position, we can go ahead and raise up that center mast and lower down our first hook. Once it makes contact give it a good push and then we can reinsert our pin. Now we can do our wheel straps. We'll go through our wheel, through the loop on the other side, and then back over onto itself. Now our second bike loads up just the same. The only thing different is we don't have to tilt out the mast. This is our test course. Let's start with a slalom. This shows side to side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in or out of the driveway. That is going to complete our look at the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for an inch and a quarter and 2 inch hitches. Part number HR200.

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