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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.
It has foam and rubber coatings in the right places to prevent the rack from scratching the paint.
First time owning a bike rack. Arrives already assembled and is very easy to place on the car (I have a 2009 Honda Civic). Very good price and feels very sturdy. Read morePublished 2 days ago by K. Humm
Brought this last year for cyber Monday, and it's like literally one of the best investments I have made. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Richard Luo
Still going strong with the bike rack. Easy and small and fits in the trunk of the car and ready to go at a drop of a dime. Love it .Published 26 days ago by ljoyce
The bike rack is fairly easy to secure to a car. I've used it on the trunk of a regular sedan as well as on a station wagon. There are a couple of things to note about this rack. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tushar Moorti
Did everything I wanted it to do.
Easy to put on. I thought I would have to bolt something together but it was completely assembled in box, I just unfolded and strapped... Read more
The cushions were already cracking and falling apart after minimal use.Published 2 months ago by Catherine M Quinn
I used this bike rack to move 2 bikes all the way across the United States on the back of a Toyota Yaris. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca