Usage:\nI attached this to my 2005 Honda civic and it performed well on a 150 mile round trip carrying a 26\" mountain bike. The rack was exactly where I installed it when I reached my destination with no slack in the straps. My only concern was that the side hooks would stay in place, because the civic has minimal support there. But it held.\n\nInstallation:\nThe spring arms that support the top horizontal piece require a bit of oomph to put it the holes the first time and you'll have to make use of your body weight. Place the rack on the floor, stand over it, and press with your palm close to the end. Also, be sure you get the side straps to the outside of the rack.\n\nImprovements:\nIf I were to improve this, I'd include an extra hook for the bottom of the car. The one included is a flat hook, like the ones that go over the trunk. However, the bottom\/under carriage hook on the civic is better suited for a hook shaped like an open end eye bolt. Therefore, I took off 1 star.
Hitch insert fits either 1 1/4" OR 2" receiver hitches
Carry arm spacing accommodates a wide range of frame sizes and designs
What our shoppers say:
Good bike rack
This is a very good bike rack. I had the one that strapped on to the vehicle and it worked well, but then I got a vehicle with a hitch so I upgraded to this. I like it much better, it is very sturdy and I feel safe having the bikes on it.
This is a great, inexpensive bike rack that is easy to set up and take apart. A lot of people say it feels flimsy due to its folding nature but I just don't see it! Once unfolded, this thing is pretty solid and takes a he-man grip to push in the retaining knobs to fold it again. I was worried about it moving side to side on the road as there isn't anything holding it down laterally but it was completely fine as the rubber contact points have enough friction to prevent movement and bouncing. Not even a scratch on my Mazda 3's paint!\n\nThere are some things you need to take into consideration before getting your bike on there:\n-Firstly, make sure the rack fits your car. They have a whole list on the Allen website on cars that fit and don't fit.\n-Make sure the contact points don't get dirty if you set it on the ground while installing.\n-You are going to need a separate strap to hold the handlebars in place. There is nothing that keeps the front wheel from turning and it can bump into your car while driving. A bungee cord or a bike lock works perfectly to prevent this.\n-Ensure the straps are fully secure and tight before driving. Use the excess strap to tie around the frame and through the tires--this will give added security and keep the tires from spinning while you drive.\n-Read the instructions! The rack comes with short instructions that cover everything I just mentioned but it seems a lot of people on here skip over them.\n\nIt's a great little single-bike rack that will get your bike anywhere. I took mine on the highway doing 70 mph for 120 miles to get my bike to school and it was perfectly fine. It didn't even move or make a noise.
Safely and securely carry up to 3 bicycles on your rear mounted spare tire.
What our shoppers say:
If it can hold 3 bikes, then pigs can fly too
This was supposed to be able to hold 3 bikes. The arm that holds the bikes is way too short. To save a penny or two, they made the bar way shorter than it needs to be. The result is you can't get 3 bikes on it. No way. no how.
I bought this for my 1 yr old daughter for her bday, but even my 5y6m8d old daughter fits in there with her. Most of the time it is used with just the baby, but the fact that my 5yr old fits as well tells you how roomy it is. I will say they are sitting up side by side with one another, but they both do not seem to mind at all. My 1yr old is 21 lbs 26in, my 5yr old is 41 lbs 45+in. I've even put my 7y3m27d old daughter in there 1 time with an inch or so head room left to spare. There is at least 3in head room with my 5 yr old in there. The product quality is far better than I anticipated I give it 4 stars (4 because I'm not sure how I feel about the Velcro), size gets 5 stars, appearances gets 5 stars, & I give 5 stars for product weight as well. Pulling 85lbs (product weight + baby + 5yr old) is cake going straight or downhill, going uphill can get you slightly winded, but isn't that the point? Even going uphill I'd still consider it easy & I'm not in shape. The baby loves this bike trailer so much she starts trying to get in it when I'm not looking or cries when we go outside & walk past it & my 5yr old asks everyday if I'll take them for a ride.
We bought this after reading about a ton of trailer\/jogger combos. I was leaning toward a Burley, which is 3-4x more expensive, but decided to give a \"cheaper\" product a try. So far this is great! Our 1 year old loves to ride in it, in fact she fell asleep the first time in it! Haven't really used it as a jogger yet, but we bought it to use primarily as a trailer.
My son is 9 months old and he loves to ride in this trailer. Plus, there is plenty of room for him to grow. It has a mesh and a plastic cover for the front. So if it's a nice day he can feel the air on his face, but if its chilly out we put the plastic down so he stays warm.
I ordered this and a bicycle online from Wal-Mart for in store pickup. It arrived in about a week.\nAssembly was vary easy. Just 1 pin and a bolt with a hand tighten knob to adjust the handle up or down and snap the wheels in place. It's a little smaller then I expected but so far I haven't needed a bigger one.\nThere is a small hitch bracket that attaches permanently to the bike by removing the left rear axle nut on the bike and slipping the bracket over the axle and reattaching the nut. After that to hitch or unhitch the trailer to the bike you simply remove or insert a hitch pin.\nThe trailer doesn't hold the bike upright and riding the bike with trailer attached you don't even know the trailer is there.\nThe trailer tracks slightly wider then the handle bars of the bike but unless your riding along a curb it isn't a problem.\nThe wheels don't have fenders and I've noticed the tires tend to throw small pea sized stones onto the cover or in the trailer if the cover isn't on which isn't much of a problem but I assume if your riding in wet weather the wheels will spray water up onto the trailer. I haven't used it in wet weather yet.\nThe trailer is divided into 2 compartments, the top can be rolled back from the front compartment but the top is permanently attached to the middle divider so it can't be rolled back off the rear compartment. This means you have to slip items under the cover from the side and will limit the size of items you can put in. I haven't used the rear compartment yet. The most I've carried in the trailer so far is 3 gals. of milk (about 25 lbs.) about 2 miles across town with out any problems and still lots of room for other things.\nTo make myself more visible to other vehicles I added a bike safety flag to the trailer by simply loosening a bolt on the rear corner of the trailer that holds the frame together, inserting the flag bracket between the 2 frame pieces, over the bolt and retightening the bolt.\nI'm vary happy with this trailer.
This is a very good product and is made of quality materials and it can hold 100 pounds which is higher than some of the other trailers on the market. It's especially good if you live in the suburbs and don't need to maneuver it in elevators and train stations in the city. If you want a stroller that is maneuverable you might not want a stroller trailer combination or you might want one with small swiveling wheels in the front. The down side to that though is that those strollers are harder to push and more likely to get stuck in ruts in the sidewalk. Many trailers that convert into strollers do so by attaching a wheel to the hitch bar. That is a very bad way to do things as people can trip over the hitch bar. This stroller does not have that problem as it comes with shorter bars so the front wheel mounts directly in front of the stroller. The width of this stroller is 35 inches so it barely fits through our door. This width gives it added stability but could potentially cause problems with some of the doors in stores in the city. This stroller is a good value and I recommend it for people living in the suburbs or people in the city who don't have to get on subway trains with the stroller and don't mind struggling a little to get it from their apartments to the streets and can park it outside.