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Recommended Swing-Away Bike Rack For A Family Of Four With Childrens Bikes

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Will the Yakima and Thule hold childrens bikes ? I am looking to purchase a ile rack for my daughter this holiday and they have 2 adults and two children, age 5 and 3. Swing arm is there preference since they have a mini van. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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For your holiday gift, I recommend the Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack - 2" Hitches - Swinging # Y02465. This swinging bike rack will carry 4 bikes and will allow complete access to the rear cargo area of their van. This will swing with a full load of bikes on the rack. Dual arms allow plenty of space between the bikes and the arm width will fit children's bikes as well as adult bikes.

This rack also features some security with the integrated hitch lock which allows you to lock your rack to the vehicle and then an integrated cable lock to secure the bikes to the rack.

For Children's bikes, Women's Bikes, or Alternative Frame Bikes, I recommend the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar # Y02531. This will attach under the handlebars and the seat to make a sturdy top frame rail that will allow all bikes to carry level on the bike rack's arms. This will create a safer and more secure ride for the bikes.

This will be a great gift for a family looking to spend a little time outdoors together.

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