Recommended Platform Bike Rack for Bike With Rear Cargo Rack

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Is it possible to mount a bike that has a back rack installed? It looks like the ratcheted arm can be opened up fairly wide i.e. 35-45 deg to allow for sufficient clearance while still securing the wheel. Is that correct? Ive included a photo to better depict what I mean.

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I have a solution for you, but you're not going to be able to use the Thule Helium # TH44VR on a bike with a rear basket/rack like that installed; you won't be able to use a wheel mounting rack on bikes with fenders or rear racks/baskets unfortunately and even when used in the manner you've described I'm not sure that it's going to provide sufficient holding strength to secure the bike safely.

Your best bet, and what I recommend, is going with a frame mounting bike rack like the Inno Aero Light QM 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # INH330. This is also a tilting platform rack that will fit in both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, and comes with both a hitch lock and locks for the bikes, so it's got all of the same features as the Helium except that it holds the bikes by the frames instead of the wheels.

I've linked a short review video of the Inno Aero Light QM 2 for you to have a look at.

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