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Does Thule Helium PRO 3-Bike Rack TH9043 Use a Bolt for a Hitch Pin

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Hi, I just received a recommendation from you to pick the Thule Helium Aero 3 bike hitch carrier. I do have a follow-up question. Does the Saris need to be bolted onto the hitch in order to get anti-rattle? I am planning to frequently remove the carrier after use.

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The Thule Helium PRO, part # TH9043PRO uses an auto pin system to lock into the hitch receiver. You'll just slide the shank of the rack into the hitch receiver, and the locking pin will automatically slide into place. Then tighten the knob to take up any slack between the shank and the receiver. Use the key to lock the knob, and you're done. Easy as can be.

If you'll be transporting women's bikes or bikes with sharply-angled top tubes, you might also consider a frame adapter bar like part # 64005. The bar spans the distance between the handlebar gooseneck and the seat post, which provides a secondary attachment point for the bike rack. This allows the bike to be carried level, which maximizes ground clearance. I'll link you to a video showing how the adapter bar works.



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