|Item Weight||8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||23 x 15 x 5 inches|
|Item model number||102S|
|Manufacturer Part Number||102S|
Allen Sports 102S Premium 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
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- Extra-long carry arms easily accommodate up to 2 bicycles
- Snaps into place right out of the box, and can be folded away with one hand
- Internal clearance on the rack to fit most vehicles with rear-mounted deck spoilers
- Patented tie-down system individually secures and protects bicycles
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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The Allen® Premier trunk-mounted, 2-bike carrier snaps easily into place and can be folded away with one hand. A patented tie-down cradle system individually secures and protects your bicycles. There's added internal clearance on the rack to fit most vehicles with rear-mounted deck spoilers.
The Allen 102S Premium trunk-mounted, 2-bike carrier snaps easily into place right out of the box and can be folded away with one hand. Featuring 12-inch long carry arms, it also offers added internal clearance to fit most vehicles with rear-mounted deck spoilers. A patented dual compound tie-down cradle system individually secures and protects your bicycles. It comes fully assembled, and it's backed by a lifetime warranty on workmanship and material defects.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
When I installed the bike rack on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt LS, I was worried again. Being a cheaper model, my car doesn't have any metal pieces below the trunk for the rack's bottom hooks to cling to. Luckily, the included instructions had a 'Plan B' for such a situation, and I was able to attach the bottom hooks to the bottom of my trunk door. However, because of how my trunk is positioned relative to my bumper, I had to first fit the hooks into the sides of the trunk door, then slide them down to the bottom. Actually setting the bike on the rack was no problem.
As soon as the bike was secured, I hit the road and started on my way home. I hit all kinds of driving conditions, like 65mph highways in the pouring rain, 85mph straightaways, and potholed, unpaved dirt roads. The bike rack never showed any signs of failing, even when I drove over a HUGE bump at 70mph near Chicago.
I got home at night, but in the morning I disconected the rack to check for any damage or failed components. My car was fine, no rubbed-off paint, chips, scratches, or anything else out of the ordinary. The rack, too, was fine, although one of the straps had been flapping in the wind behind my car, and had begun to shread. The strap wasn't important, and this problem could have been solved just by tying it around my bike.
I now the use the rack to transport my bike to local trails and parks. It's just as easy, convenient, and secure as ever, and I don't see it failing any time soon!
I have an Audi A5. I am very anal about taking good care of it.. And that's why I was very reluctant to put this rack on my car. From other reviews, I've read that the bike pedals or wheels could scratch the bumper or mess up the paint. NONE OF THAT HAPPENED.
The minute I attached this thing on the trunk, I knew what to do. Putting the rack on the trunk took me about 5min. Didn't forget to tighten the straps until I felt safe about it. I put an old sock to one of the pedal that might scratch the bumper and laid the bike on the rack and tighten the straps that holds the frame of the bike.
And then wrapped the rear wheel of the bike all the way around the handle bar with two separately purchased bungee cords in a way that the wheel or handle bar wouldn't move even at high speed and strong wind.
After the installation, the set up was so solid that it was very very steady. I nervously drove out of my apartment to the city and to the highway. It was raining here in Los Angeles and the wind was blowing rather strong. At about 70 mpg in highway, as I keep looking at the bike on the mirror, I noticed that there was hardly any movement. I felt really safe about it. Wheels didn't turn at all. Bike was sitting there like car wasn't moving.
some important things to remember.
1. Make sure all straps are tightened well enough.
2. Get bungee cords to wrap the wheels and handle bar. (so they don't move)
3. Put a sock on one of the pedals that would scratch the bumper
4. Drive with ease and keep your eyes on bike frequently.
I would happily take this rack anywhere with my bike with confidence that it will not scratch my Audi! Also confident that 2 bikes won't be a problem at all
Overall, it's a great quality rack, it can support heavy frames provided that you set it up correctly, and the foam pads it uses at the contact point of your car are nicely made. The straps used to secure the bike to the rack SEEM like they could get loose, but I haven't had any problems with it, and I've driven from San Francisco Bay Area all the way down to LA (and back) averaging 75-85 mph on the freeway with a road bike without any problems. But if you're not too sure, you could always use a U-lock or a cable to secure it to your mount JUST in case.