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Hollywood Racks SE4 # HR1400Z-FB or Yakima FourTimer # Y02469 Recommendation?

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I am trying to decide between the two bike racks listed above. I have one fat tire bike, one womens beach cruiser and two 20inch kidsfoot bikes. Tilt away access and 2-bike option is important to me. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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In choosing between the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 for Fat Bikes # HR1400Z-FB and the Yakima FourTimer # Y02469, I recommend the Yakima FourTimer for transporting your fat-tire bike, women's beach cruiser, and 2 20-inch kids bikes. One of the advantages of the FourTimer is that the rack has a longer measurement from the shank's pinhole to the closest part of the rack when folded up (12 inches compared to the 5 inches of the Sport Rider SE). This measurement is important for rear bumper clearance as well as how much space you will have to access the rear hatch of your vehicle when the rack is tilted (with or without bikes loaded). The FourTimer also allows you to remove 2 positions off the rack.

In addition, the FourTimer is the more economic option for your specific needs. Even with the purchase of your fat-tire straps # Y02470 to accommodate your fat-tire bike and the optional cable lock # e98891 for added security of your bikes, it is still the more economical choice.

Since you are transporting a women's cruiser bike and 2 children's bikes, both the Sport Rider SE and the FourTimer require you to use a bike frame adapter bar in order to attach it to the mounting points. I recommend the Rhino-Rack Bike Frame Adapter Bar # RRRBCA021 for each of those 3 bikes. The Rhino-Rack adapter bar will give your bikes a straight, horizontal plane that is required to mount the bikes to the ratcheting hooks.

If you need a hitch receiver for your vehicle that is compatible with the Yakima FourTimer, I would be happy to make a recommendation if you provide the year/make/model of your vehicle.

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