|Item Weight||9.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||28.6 x 14.2 x 4.5 inches|
|Item model number||103DN|
|Manufacturer Part Number||103DN|
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Allen Sports Deluxe Trunk Mount 3-Bike Carrier
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- Patented design fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and SUV's - consult manufacturer web site for specific vehicle fit information^Side straps for increased lateral stability
- Individual tie-downs secure and protect bicycles
- Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
- Comes fully assembled - set up and installs in seconds
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Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle. Patented sure strap lower strap keeps bottom hook in place during use. Comes fully assembled - installs in seconds. Black powder coated finish.
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103DN installed on Sedan
The perfect way to get out riding
The high quality, simple design of the 103DN offers the perfect way to take your bikes along when traveling.
Safe, Versatile, and Easy to Use
Patented single configuration design fits wide range of vehicles
The Allen Sports 103DN Deluxe Three Bike Carrier fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans and SUV's (make sure to confirm specific vehicle fit above). Its patented design sets up in seconds and will safely transport your bicycles around town or cross country. Two side straps deliver exceptional lateral stability on your vehicle. A patented tie-down system individually secures and protects your bicycles.
- Sets up in seconds
- Fully assembled
- Patented tie-down system secures and protects bicycles
- Narrow set carry arms fit wide range of bicycle sizes and styles
- Rugged, high quality components ensure years of reliable service
- Backed by Allen's lifetime warranty
Allen Deluxe Trunk Rack Features
Patented individiual tie-down system
Allen's patented individual tie-down system secures and protects your bicycles. The tie-downs are fixed in position on the carry arm, but rotate so that the can engage a wide range of bicycle frame sizes and styles.
Patented design fits sedans, SUV's, hatchbacks, and minivans
The patented single configuration design fits a wide range of vehicles, and eliminates confusion during installation. The middle frame on the rack keeps bicycles away from your vehicle during transport. Please consult Allen Fit List for specific vehicle fit.
Side straps for lateral stability on vehicle
Two side straps (in addition to rugged top and bottom straps) deliver exceptional stability for the rack when on your vehicle. This ensures that you and your bikes reach your destination safely.
Narrow set carry arms
The 103DN's carry arms will accommodate a wide range of bicycle frame styles and sizes. Most traditional adult size bicycles, as well as most women's and children's frames can be quickly installed onto the rack.
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|Capacity||2 bike/ 70 lb||2 bike/ 70 lb||3 bike/ 100 lb||3 bike/ 100 lb||4 bike/ 140 lb||4 bike/ 140 lb|
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About Allen Sports
Dick Allen (pictured left in 1972) started Allen Sports in his garage in 1967. Since its founding, the company has been committed to producing the highest-quality, easiest-to-use bike racks and bicycle related products on the market. Dick, a onetime aerospace engineer, opened Allen Sports after building a prototype bike carrier in his Lincoln, Massachusetts shop in his free time. The first ever trunk-mounted bicycle carrier made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding) was thoroughly tested on weekend excursions to Cape Cod. Shortly afterward, Allen took his design to market, and by 1971 had established a national presence for his product.
Today, the family owned company owns more than three dozen patents, operates four warehouses nationally, six factories abroad, and sells products in countries around the world including USA, Mexico, Canada, and China.
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1) Wrap the metal strap clips in Electrical tape or put pieces of rubbery cabinet liner between the clip and the car. Serves two purposes: protects your paint from scratches, and helps the clips grip to your car.
2) Use bungee cords to strap the bike(s) to the rack and to keep the wheels from spinning. More bungee cords never hurt anyone.
3) Alternate your bikes on the rack. I saw folks putting their bikes on in the same direction. Alternating them (one bike points one way, next bike is flipped the other direction) makes the bikes fit into each other better and evenly distributes the weight across the rack.
4) Retighten your straps after putting the bikes on the rack after you first mount it. Once the bikes are on there, you need to give those straps some more good tugs because the added weight will change the distribution and forces acting on the rack. Have your friend lift the rack/bikes while you do the tightening. Then you can neatly tuck away the excess straps in whatever way you see fit. I wrap the excess around the straps then tuck the last three inches back into itself
5) IF YOU HAVE NICE PAINT: Take the rack off frequently after long trips and clean in between the pads. I live in the dry and dusty California climate and I found out the hard way that if you keep the rack on your car for extended periods of time, dirt and grime will get up in there and scratch or stain your paint and/or bumper. It isn't too bad on my car, but it's definitely visible.
With those tips go forth and enjoy your bike racks. If y'all have any additional tips I would love to hear some!
The product description brags about how initial assembly shouldn't take more than a few seconds, which isn't especially flattering to my skills. The first assembly is easily the most frustrating part. Took me about five minutes to discover exactly what goes where and how. Only about a minute of that time was spent crying and ruing existence.
The second time you put it on takes about thirty seconds. Your straps are already at about the right length and your muscle memory will compensate for your general inability to attach things.
Putting bicycles on there is pretty easy. Lift them up and into the little cradles. Then those are a simple strap on each side and it holds it secure. Repeat these steps for however many bicycles you plan to attach (which really maxes out at three total).
I would recommend buying bungee cables to secure your front tire so that the handlebar stays stationary.
1. I am terribly uncoordinated at these types of things. And I have managed to get my assembly time down to about 29 seconds. If I can make this thing stay on my car, then your dog probably could too.
2. It's super compact. When I'm not using it. It fits really well inside my trunk.
3. The price. I was initially going to buy a much more expensive one, but I decided to give this one a chance. It has worked tremendously for my needs.
4. It holds very securely on the back of my Chevy Cobalt. I never have to worry about it.
1. The instructions are not very intuitive or helpful. It ends up being more guesswork than I'm sure they intended.
2. It looks very daunting at first. But once you attach it once. It's never difficult again.
Setup was a breeze and the construction was substantially more impressive than I expected at first.
Everything fit and tightened properly, and the whole works doesn't move or feel like it's going to fall off when you're driving around with it.
The only issue I had initially was that the straps seemed to wiggle a bit when I drove, from the wind hitting them. This was easily fixed by grabbing the end hook and twisting the strap once or twice before hooking it back onto the car.
The wind hitting the flat straps caused them resonate, like a guitar string, so twisting them inhibits their ability to do so.
That entire solution however, was provided to me by their customer support over email. Which was close to if not the best customer support service I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with.
I sent them an email with my earlier issue, and they responded in *minutes*! They were very polite and helpful, with the earlier solution provided in only a few quick exchanges along with pictures! Their support team seem to actually know and understand their product! A rare case in these days.
I've been using the rack for several weeks now and it's been holding up great; after such a pleasant experience with everything having to do with the company, Allen has definitely earned my future business.
Also, I use this rack almost daily and have had zero issue with it scratching my car.