My 2 sons have each gotten a new bike for this summer and the bikes are too big to throw in the trunk of our Nissan Rogue. My older son has a 20 inch bike and my younger son has an 18 inch bike. A Rogue will not accommodate bikes of these sizes with the boys also in the car. I supposed if we folded down the seat, but then where would the kids sit? But I digress.
We needed something to transport the 2 bikes around and I came across this particular carrier. After reading several positive reviews I decided on this one. The price was right and it isn't something you have to permanently attach to your car.
It's very easy to put together. If you look at the picture shown, you don't even need the directions to unfold it. It's strong and sturdy and those straps are very thick and heavy to hold the bike on securely. It fits the 2 bikes perfectly and the bikes do not even wobble when you are driving at highway speeds. I love this product.
The only suggestion I would make to someone with a smaller SUV like mine (and maybe it's specific to Rogues, I don't know) is to NOT secure the bottom strap UNDERNEATH the back bumper as it is all plastic down there and potentially would not bear the weight. Plastic is too pliable and can crack. It seems too flimsy under there to bear such a load. What we do now is secure the bottom strap in the seam for the trunk closure. In other words, the 2 straps are secured in the top seam of the trunk, like the picture and directions show, and the bottom strap is secured in the seam where the trunk closes. So, it's like the whole contraption is only secured to the trunk door. Using the trunk door is 100 times more secure than the strap being on the flimsy underside of the car.
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