Thule Parkway Hitch Bike Carrier - 4 Bike
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- One Color,2insale $144.98
Parkway Hitch Bike Carrier
It’s not hard to spend $400 on a bike rack, but why bother when you can get the Thule Parkway Hitch 4-Bike Carrier for virtually half as much? It’s not like the Parkway’s been gutted to make it more affordable, either. It locks right into your vehicle’s standard hitch receiver, and holds your bikes solidly in the classic anti-sway cradles, so they don’t smash into each other even when you’re grinding up rocky roads to the top of an epic shuttle lap. The Parkway can haul up to 140lb, so even four burly rigs should be able to fit without an issue.
- Rack for car shuttles and family trips
- Steel construction is extremely strong
- Rubber cradles are gentle on your bike frame
- Compatible with standard 2-inch hitch receivers
- Carries up to 140 pounds and fits up to four bikes
- Tilts away from vehicle for trunk or tailgate access
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Holds 4 bikes
Load capacity-140 lb
Max bike weight-35 lb
Dimensions-34.5 x 35 x 38 in
Weight of rack-27 lb
Distance between bikes is 5 in
Carbon frame compatible- YES
NO tilt function WITH bikes
Fits 2 inch receivers
Does NOT fit 1.25 inch receivers
Compatible with One Key System
Bike lock NOT included
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This was so simple to assemble and mount into the hitch. With the 4-bike carry and easy load, mountain biking is about the ride and any thoughts of transporting our bikes is left behind (with the hitch). Love the tilt feature. I had one without this for quite awhile and will never go back. Easy access to the rear compartment of my SUV is one pin-pull away. We often take the dog riding and this is so much nicer for him too!
Thule Vertex Bike Rack - 4 Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is well made and easy to use.
It fit my 2006 Honda CRV with enough room to get past the spare tire hanging off the back. I did not need a hitch extension.
I had to replace the top 5/8 bolt with a 5/8 pin to allow the arms to fold when not loaded with bikes.
Good basic bike rack
Good sturdy rack, a little challenging to get 4 bikes on especially kids bike with smaller frames but doable. Wish the rack came with a pin instead of bolt at top so it was possible to fold down rack part that holds bikes when not in use.
Sturdy, gets 'er done
Very nice construction, seems sturdy enough for 4 bikes, just be careful going over rough bumps...
My main gripe is that it doesn't rotate down when you're not using it - not a huge deal I guess, but it seems like all other racks (including Thule's) rotate down and out of the way when you don't feel like driving with 5' poles behind you...
The Rack Rocks
This rack rocks.
Decent Rack, Good Price
This is the first and only hitch rack I've had on my 4Runner, and there are definitely plenty of reasons to like it. It was a cinch to setup, it's always been stable, it leans away from the vehicle with ease, and it was relatively cheap for a 4-bike rack. That said, I'm not totally happy with the carrying style. The cradles are fine, and can rotate as needed, but it can be difficult finagling certain frames, especially full suspensions, onto the rack. Also, I know the carrier arm can't extend 12 feet off the back of the vehicle, but it'd be quite the feat to get 4 bikes on this rack. I've only carried three at once on this rack, and it wasn't easy getting them on and off. Overall, not a bad buy for the price, but it works best only carrying two bikes at a time.
Due to my massive spare tire this is what I needed so the Thule would fit. (32'' BFG MT's)
Fold down (need to buy extra pin)
If you want your arms to fold down you will need to replace the provided bolt with a pin. Easy solution. The arms will even lock in place up or down with the pin.
What size pin did you need to buy to replace the bolt, so that the arm swing down?
This is my Parkway with a 12'' hitch extender. The Thule Parkway has a place to secure a cable around and then the other end around your hitch plate.
Parkway with extender hitch
Great for the Price
Despite problems, it's great for the price and free shipping!
My vehicle is a 09 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited X with the Rubicon Wheel and Tire package and hard top. This rack did not have a long enough receiver tube to clear my 32'' BFG MT spare tire. I will need an extender tube but then my departure angle will suffer and I worry that my rack may hit the ground on uneven terrain.
Other issues include not being able to open my gate or glass even when you pull the pin to lower the rack. It's still not enough to let the glass flip up past my tail gate. When the hardtop is off this may not be an issue.
Also, the rack does not secure to your hitch with a pin. The hole is small and threaded. Very poor design, you will need to get a longer bolt. Also, the "arms" of the rack do not fold down. This is another modification you will have to do. Additionally, the rubber straps to hold the bike seem to fall off often.