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Bike Rack Recommendation for Allowing Rear Cargo Area Access with Bikes Loaded

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Hi does this rack allow you to fold down with bicycle on the rack so you ca access trunk without removing bicycles?

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We have bike racks that are designed to get out of the way of the rear cargo area of a vehicle with bikes loaded to give you complete access, but the Yakima DoubleDown # Y02451 can only be folded down without a bike loaded.

My favorite bike rack to recommend for rear cargo area access is the Thule Apex Swing XT bike rack # TH9027XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down when not in use so that the bike rack doesn't take up much space as well.

If you plan on carrying any womens 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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