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Bell Bike Trunk Rack
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- A Quick and easy carrier solution for any car - No-tools installation
- Holds 1 or 2 bikes of all frame types with cradles
- Reflective Red end caps increase visibility
- Easy, one-step folding with hub
- Stable fit to most car styles
- Holds one or two bikes of all frame types with cradles
- Easiest, one step folding with new hub
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|Package Height||7.3 x 18.7 x 28.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||11.4 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
There are three detractors to this carrier: (1) It is a gravity carrier, so your bike(s) will swing free unless you can bungee them somehow; (2) The hold-downs slipped around some while I was driving; (3) There are no pads on the hooks.
Here are a couple of pointers to help you out when using this carrier: (1) Cut pads for the trunk hooks. I cut some 2"x3" rectangles from an old rubber mousepad; (2) Buy a piece of foam pipe insulation from a home store. Cut two pieces roughly 8" and place them on the carrier arms between the hold-downs. This will keep the hold-downs from sliding around.
I have no trouble getting two Trek hybrid bikes loaded onto it. You can see the bars lower slightly under the weight when the second bike is put on, but it still seems pretty sturdy. Straps haven't been a problem -- they've stayed secure on all my drives.
It's simple to put on. It only takes about two minutes to get the rack itself on the car, and an additional minute for each bike, once you figure out the best way to position your bikes. It might take a little playing around with the first couple times, but once you find a pattern, it seems to load quickly.
If I start wanting to go longer distances with the bikes on my car, I'll probably upgrade to a nicer rack. But for simple trips and as an economy choice, I think this Bell rack works pretty well.
STEP 1. Open the box and remove the carrier and the instruction booklet. You may throw out the box at this point; you'll eventually be quite happy with the carrier.
STEP 2. Set the carrier aside and pick up the instruction booklet. CAUTION: DO NOT OPEN THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Instead, immediately throw it in the wastebasket. Purists may wish to shred it. In any case, do not open it; and please, if it happens to fall open of its own accord, do not read it! Get it into the wastebasket or the shredder as soon as possible! DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!! I find nothing whatsoever of value in the instruction booklet. Even the illustrations are confusing. DO NOT LOOK AT THEM. This should not be construed as advice; rather, this is a warning. Reading the instructions or looking at the illustrations will most certainly delay the installation of this carrier. (Note to Bell: technical writing is a skill; a fine technical writer is relatively rare and commands a good salary. Bell, if you are listening: hire one.)
STEP 3. Having unpacked the carrier and thrown out the instructions without looking at them, take the carrier in hand and proceed to your vehicle.
STEP 4. Visualize; experiment; try various configurations. It took me three tries to find the correct positioning of the carrier on my vehicle. There are several options, as will become apparent once you begin experimenting. Once I found the correct orientation for my vehicle, everything fell into place perfectly.
STEP 5. Having discovered the correct orientation of the carrier in relation to your vehicle, loosely snug up the straps; do not fully tighten them.
STEP 6. Visually inspect the carrier in relation to your vehicle.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not work for me. Didn't fit well on our Suv, we have a 2007 Honda pilot. Top Straps stay on but lower straps keep coming off. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nathan
I have used this a total of 4 times and a key part where the strap goes in and comes back around in order for the Velcro to function. Gonna ask for a replacement part is all... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great bike rack at an affordable price. I use this on a 2010 Nissan Maxima and it works perfect! Easy to mount (no tools required) and holds my bike securely on the car. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chad E
Good product but will not work if you have a rear spoiler (it's too low). Had to return itPublished 1 month ago by Ziad Noueihed
I made it halfway across the country in a hatchback Suzuki. I had no problems, no scratching or loosening of the straps.Published 2 months ago by Samgee
Be sure to take a picture of it after you put it on your car, so you can remember how for future use.Published 2 months ago by Dionne W.
I purchased this at a local sports and rec store and have used it a ton with no issues. It attached to the trunk of my 1984 Toyota Corolla and to the trunk of my 2009 Chevy Impala. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tabitha
bought this bike rack and it works good. except one day i went to tighten the strap and the rubber broke on the cradle. you cannot find parts for the rack anywhere. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BigAl010