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About Allen Bike Racks
In 1967, after a few years of working on the aerospace technology for the Apollo missions, Dick Allen was out of a job. Government cutbacks led Allen, a Harvard-trained physicist, to transform his garage hobby into a new industry. A cycling enthusiast, inventor, and family man, Allen had a personal need for a bike-carrying device. On weekends, he would take his sons and wife to Cape Cod or the White Mountains of New Hampshire. What proved difficult time and again was the transport of his familys bicycles. Rather than fight through inconvenience with twine and a dinged car, Allen sought an answer for himself as well as a market in which he foresaw major growth possibilities.
Always a pathfinder, Allen took to work in his Lincoln, Massachusetts garage in search of a more efficient way to transport bikes. Drafting designs during the day and constructing them throughout the night, he put together a model made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding). At first, the Allens tested the prototype on weekend excursions. Finding the first trunk-mounted rack to be a success, Dick started Allen Bike Racks. Dealer acceptance came quickly, and by 1971 Allen Bike Racks were sold nationally through a number of major bicycle distributors. Today, the company owns over three dozen patents and offers a versatile product line of bike racks while Dicks son Alex now owns and operates the business. What started out as a small garage run operation now operates three warehouses nationally, two factories abroad, and has products sold in more than a dozen countries around the world.
This rack is very sturdy and easy to set up.
I admit I was a little nervous when I first purchased the bike rack, as it seemed very few people mentioned using the rack for highway speeds on long travels.
I use towels on the trunk to prevent any scratches from the metal hooks, and so far, I have not had any problems with this bike rack.
I bought this product back in January, I was having back surgery and the doctor said that it would be good to ride a bike 4 to 5 months down the road. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cameron Kuhlman
Works perfect. We use it for 2 bikes and haven't had any issues. Nice foam so it doesn't scratch the car.Published 18 days ago by Magen
Excellent for the price. I drive a 06 IS 350 and have had no problems at all.Published 28 days ago by JRose2345
This is a great trunk mount bike rack. It's pretty quick and easy to set up, and feels very solid. I don't have any worries when driving with my bike on the back. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Mnemonic
May have been user error but the first time it collapsed. The bikes stayed on and there was not damage to the car. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzanne Morgan
Quality made, but wish it did not move when placed on car. Caused some denting and scratching on trunk lid.Published 1 month ago by Angela
Fit is secure on my Volkswagen Golf. I put my Trek road bike on there with ease. I did however PlastiDip the hooks like a few other reviewers, and feel more comfortable with them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Megan H.
Was Scared that I might end up a collusion on the highway driving at 80 miles but this rode along like a champ with 2 bikes mounted on it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pooja