Lets Go Aero BikeWing-2 NextGen 2-Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Lets Go Aero BikeWing-2 NextGen 2-Bike Rack

AJ: What's up everybody, it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be checking out the Lets Go Aero BikeWing NextGen. It's going to hold two bikes for you. It's a good entry-level bike rack. It's actually one of our more popular ones. It doesn't hold you to some of the things that entry-level bike racks would.

You actually can customize it quite a bit. It fits a lot of different bike styles because you can move these pegs and these hooks up and down. You also have the pads here on the side to move those around. Nothing's really set in place, so you can kind of modify it the way you see fit. Let's check it out.Now, what I mean by customizable is that you have these hooks and the pegs at the bottom of this post you can loosen like that and move up and down as you see fit to fit your different bikes.

So it's not limiting you to specific spots. As if there was like holes here, it would limit you on where you can actually put it. You can slide this up and down wherever you need it to be. That way it'll fit your wheel. And that's going to go the same with these protected pads.

They just slide up the post, and wherever you see your bike is going to make contact, you can slide it there. That way, it's not a problem anymore.The ability to adjust your bike rack to different frames is very important because there's a lot of different frames out there. You got Alternative frames that just don't sit right on some bike racks are straight up not usable without an adapter bar. Then you have to buy something else. That's why I really like that this one gives you those options to make sure those fit.Another cool feature this bike rack offers is that it can tilt away with it loaded.

A lot of bike racks just can't do that. So let's check out how it does. Just pop out this pin, move it down here. That way the bike rack has something to hit and stop. It's very important that you put that pin in there when you go to tilt it. Then you just tilt it down. Don't grab the frame of your bike to do it. Just grab the post of the BikeWing, and let's tilt it down and rests on that stop. The bikes are in place. As you saw, they didn't shake around or anything too much. They're not going anywhere, and now we can access our trunk, which is great, because if you forget something or got to load the cooler and you got the bikes loaded, you're like, "Ah, I forgot to throw that in the back." You don't have to completely remove both bikes, then load up the car, do it again. You can just tilt it out of the way and get whatever you need.One thing to mention about the tilting ability though, if you're going to use this on a flat-towed vehicle or a motor home, it will not be able to tilt. You're going to put this bolt and this knot through here to make sure this is secure and doesn't move, because the back of your motor home or flat-towed vehicle, they're a little bigger. There's a little more sway back and forth, so your bike rack is going to move around a lot more. And to make it able to actually go on the back of those, you have to make sure it doesn't move. So this bolt is going to tighten down and make sure there's no more movement in there.Lets Go Aero is pretty good about changing and evolving their bike racks. I've worked with a bunch of different BikeWings that they've had over the years. The new addition this year seems to be this eyelet, which is a good replacement for the old pin that just used to hold the arm in there. People liked to pull this arm off and store it in their vehicles, so there's less going on here. And you can still do that, but the eyelet actually secures it way more than it was before and has a couple of different uses. So let's say that you're not using it on a motor home. If you're using a vehicle like this, you could actually run a bike cable through this and lock your bikes to the bike rack. Or if you are using on a motor home with the screw, like I said, in here so that it won't tilt or move or anything, you can run straps through it through the frame of your bike, and that way it just further reduces that movement of the bikes while you're going down the road.The BikeWing will also fit 1-1/4" hitches or 2" inch hitches. We have it on a 2" right now. It's got an adapter at the very end of it that you can take off there. That way it'll fit that smaller hitch receiver. Another cool thing it has is an anti-rattle bolt in there, and that takes out a lot of the shake and play when you're driving down the road. With that in mind, let's hit the test course and see how it does.Here 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 and evasive maneuvers. Then we get to the alternating speed bumps. We'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving on uneven pavement. Then we'll go over the full speed bumps and we can see the up-and-down action. This will be like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage or a driveway.Back from our test course, we saw how it performed. It did have a little movement back and forth. I think you're just going to have that because both of these arms come down to one single point, and with the tilting, it's just going to have a little bit of movement in there. But if you notice, the anti-rattle actually did help this part from moving. This part of it doesn't move at all. You just see most of the shake and stuff coming down here because all the weight's coming down on this point.Now let's go through the process of removing and adding a bike. You just pull these rubber straps here. They fit over the hooks. You can see it's a little bit bigger there. So that's a little bit to kind of pull it on there and pull it back off, which is good. That means they're not going to pop off on their own. Come to this side, same thing. And then down here on these pegs, it's going to be the exact same thing. Even with the straps removed, your bike's not going to go anywhere. It's still sitting here in the hooks. We'll just need to lift it up and set it to the side.Now, when you go to load your bike up, it's a little bit different than other bike racks. It's going to be a little difficult to try and get it back and behind here, depending on your vehicle and how far in your hitch is. Our hitch is kind of far in. So I did manage to load it from the back before, but like I said, it was a little difficult. I had to keep my eye on this pedal because it was really close to the car and I don't want it to hit.I did find out an easier way to do it though. Since it's in kind of a V-shape, you can kind of come in through the V here, get your tire lined up and then go over like that. Still going to go slow, keep that pedal away. You stay close to the bike rack and you can load it pretty easily. Taking a closer look at it, you see there are some adjustments that need to be made after I've set the bike up, but they're pretty easy. Can there's quite a bit of space between the tire and the peg that holds it there. So I'm just going to. already had this loosened, slide this up, tighten it back down and then we can start strapping the tires down.Now let's get some measurements to see how far it sticks out from the back of your vehicle. I'm going to go from the center of the hitch pin to this peg here, it seems like it sticks out the most, just to see how much it adds to the back of your vehicle. Center of the hitch pin to this, 27, looks like 27". And you also will notice that it has a 4" rise here in the shake, giving you that extra clearance level, which is going to determine. I'm not going to measure that because it's going to be different on what hitch you have, what vehicle you have. But you do have a rise for whichever one that is. So that's going to help you when you're going up a driveway or a steep hill.So that's the BikeWing NextGen. It's a very customizable bike rack. It works in a bunch of different situations, whether it's your vehicle or your motor home. With that screw in there to keep it nice and tight, it's going to work with a bunch of different situations you need it to. And so I think it gives you lots of options. I like that. There's a bunch of different ways you can use it, and I think they did a really good job of giving you that flexibility that you would need to do for whenever you need to take your bike somewhere. Thanks for hanging out. I hope this helps.

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