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Recommended Hitch Mounted 4 Bike Carrier For 2012 Honda Odyssey

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Hi, looking to purchase a hitch mounted bike rack for a 2012 Honda Odyssey. Likely Thule or Yakima. Itd be used for 2 adult bikes and 2 boys 20inch bikes. It looks like Ill need the bike adaptor for the 2 small bikes. The distance between the handle bar stem and the seat stem is ~16in. will that work? Im interested in either the tilting or swing away racks that allow access to the back. Is one better than the other? Ive read that sometimes its a puzzle to put 4 bikes on some of these racks. Is this true? Thanks.

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For your 2012 Honda Odyssey, I recommend the Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack - 2" Hitches - Swinging # Y02465 if you have a 2 inch hitch receiver. The swing away function is really nice for complete access to the cargo area with bikes loaded. It is a little heavier and more awkward to install, but once installed gives you great function. This rack includes the hitch lock and anti-rattle to secure your rack to the vehicle as well as the integrated cable lock.

If you have a 1-1/4 inch hitch or just prefer the tilting function for your cargo access, I recommend the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # Y02458. This sill have the same features for holding and securing your bikes, but will tilt away from the hatch toward the ground for cargo access. Some people prefer this function as there are less moving parts and it is easier to install on your hitch.

For your bike adapter bar, I recommend the Hollywood Racks Bike Frame Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes # HRBA-PRO. This adapter will adjust from 15-13/64" to 28-13/16" long to fit the bike you described. Anytime you are loading 4 bikes, there is a little bit of a learning curve to get the best fit. You want the largest/heaviest bike on the inside (closest to the vehicle) and the kids bikes on the outside. The only puzzle is getting the handlebars to fit and alternating the bikes direction helps a great deal as you see in the videos.

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