Hollywood Racks Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 Volkswagen Jetta

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Trunk Bike Racks on a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta


Evangeline: Hi, it's Evangeline from etrailer.com and today we are looking at the Hollywood Racks Express Trunk Bike Rack here on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. So this is a great option, especially if maybe you don't have a hitch on your Jetta and you still want to carry around bike racks. This is also very quick and easy to use. So the way our bike is mounted to this bike rack here are by these straps, so when you do have your bike up there, you want to strap them down to these rubber straps and you can see how they hold them in place just like that. And we have one, two straps at the top. This also comes with this extra strap here that is attached to the bike rack, and this really helps hold the bike in and secure and prevent sway while you're on the road.

It's kind of a short strap though, so I recommend, if you do have two bikes on here, to purchase another security strap just to keep them in and in place to prevent sway.This is also a bit close to our vehicle here, so if you do have maybe longer pedals than the ones we have here, or you want it further away from your vehicle, I recommend putting your bike on the farther out cradle. So to take the bike off, I start with this red strap. You just release it from its cam buckle here at the end, then you pull it out just like that. And with this release, you can also tie off the excess when not in use. Then you then take out these rubber straps and they're kind of a tight fit, but that's also good because you know it's really securing your bike.With those out of the way, you can then lift your bike up and through the bike rack and you're ready to go on your trip.

With the bike rack out of the way, I like to just put the straps back just so they're not flopping around when I'm driving around. They have this nice spot to secure themselves, right over here. A pro tip also is to rotate the straps around every now and then just to make sure they get an equal amount of wear and tear.So let's take a look at the cradles themselves. This is the two bike version. There's also the Hollywood Express three bike version where you have three of these.

These are nice cradles that really fit most of your bike styles. When you do have a bike rack, remember that there's some length added to the back of your vehicle. Exactly how much, let's see. On our Volkswagen Jetta's back to the end of these arms, it is 14 inches. And if you have the three bike version, that's a little bit longer.

The way it's mounted, the bike rack itself to our car here, is it uses hooks so we have it hooked up here. So one, two, three, four.And you might be thinking about since it does come in contact with your car, you might be worried about scuffs and scratches. So you can see here the points of contact with our trunk bike rack is up here on the top arm and at the bottom arm and they are covered with this foam. I think it's a nice high quality foam, and you can see how it really adheres to the car and prevents scuffs and scratches. When you are installing it, though, I highly recommend just to wipe down and clean that area for the best adherence.Okay, so to take it off, you would then remove the hooks up and down and release this knob here. This will then detach it and allow you to take it off and it folds up for easy storage. So, with all that being said, you can see how this works on our Volkswagen Jetta. I like how it looks, also how it's designed, because it's very easy and simple to use. You just figure out the best setting to get these arms flat so that you can put your bikes on. And then you have these nice rubber straps to keep them in place. It's a very simple design, which I like because it gets the job done. It brings your bikes to where you need them to go, nice, safely, and securely.So that was a look at the Hollywood Racks Express Trunk Bike Rack here on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers.Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement.And finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot garage or driveway.


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