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Easiest Way to Carry 3 Bikes with a 2017 Subaru Forester

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I just bought a 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring with the factory installed trailer hitch, class 1, 1.25 inch. I read your answer to another question by someone about the same hitch. Are there any bike racks that I can buy that I can hang 3 bikes from?

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For a Class I hitch there are no 3 bike racks that can be used in a Class I hitch. Only option we have would be a trunk mounted bike rack that is designed for carrying three bikes like our best option the Thule OutWay part # TH56BV.

What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses only 2 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than the 4-6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer.

The cables store inside the rack so there are no loose straps ends to flap around. The cables can also be locked into position to deter theft of the rack. And there is also an integrated cable lock in the last bike position to deter bike theft.

This rack also features the latest and greatest in road dampening technology which protects bike frames better than other cradles.

If you plan on carrying any women's or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video for this product also. This will allow the bikes to be carried more level and will provide more ground clearance.

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