Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 Bike Platform Rack

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 Platform Style Four Bike Rack, part number HR1400Z. If you like to take your bikes with you on long vacations, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 is motor home approved. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider is the perfect bike rack for a family or a group of friends. It allows us to carry up to four bikes with a few extra nice features.It holds our four bikes by their frames, which means it's going to work with a wide variety of bikes. We've got a mountain bike, a road bike, a bike with alternative frame style, and a kid's bike. How it works is, the frame hook puts down pressure on our bike's top tubes into the front and rear cradles, and then a hook and loop strap keeps our wheels in place.Like most premium style bike racks, we can tilt it away to gain access to our rear hatch, and it does this even with all four bikes loaded.

How you do that is, we'll remove the snapper pin here, and then, to make it easier, we'll want to have one of our buddies pick up on the end of the bike rack. That way, that pin easily slides out. From there, we can pull out on the quick release spring pin, and then it allows us to tilt it down. Then you can open up your rear hatch to remove any gear you might have with you on your trip.Now, right here, as you can see, our handlebar would make contact if we we're to go any further. Depending on your vehicle or the bikes you may be carrying, you may be able to get a little more or a little less out of your rear hatch clearance.I've gone ahead and removed two bikes so I can show you the next best feature.

If only two of you are going out for a ride, it easily converts down to a two bike rack. Simply loosen up the lever, pull the pin and clip, and it slides right out. It then gets replaced by a reflector. As you can see, it gives us more clearance here at the rear, and it's less weight to carry.Now, you also have the option to use a cargo basket. Once the pin holes are lined up, we'll put our snapper pin back in place, then we'll tighten up that lever back here to reduce our play and rattle.

With this set-up, we can carry two bikes plus 90 pounds of gear.I've gone ahead and replaced my two bike extension and removed the last two bikes. Let's finish out on the last bit of features. The frame hooks themselves are rubber coated so they won't harm or scratch our bike's top tube. They also are adjustable along the center mast for different size bikes. Once you've got your bike in place, they easily ratchet down.

All of our frame hooks are lockable, that way our bikes cannot be removed from our bike rack. Here at the bottom, the wheel cradles are adjustable along the platform. This is for bikes with different size wheel bases, like an adult size bike versus a kid's bike. Once you've got it set, you simply tighten up the knob.Now, the cradles themselves will hold a tire up to three inches wide. If you already have this bike rack and you'd like to hold a fat bike, you can pick up the fat bike adapter kit, with part number HRSPRWHR-F-HD. That will give you the fat bike cradles.The straps that keep our wheels in place are hook and loop. When the bike rack is not in use, the center masts fold down. I'd like to point out that the pins do not use clips to hold them in place. They actually feature a tab that, when lined up with the notch, pass through, and when they're turned, they cannot be removed. So that's a nice feature. With both center masts fold down, we can access our rear hatch without tilting it away. Again, to remove that cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us.Now, you can stow the bike rack in this position while you're on the trails. If you'd like more clearance, you can fold it up against your vehicle. This would be ideal for when driving. What you'll do is you'll pull out on that quick release spring pin, fold it up until it snaps in place. This is also ideal for pulling in a tight parking spot or in your garage.The Trail Rider has a 7 inch rise. This is not only going to give us better ground clearance here at the rear, but it's going to give us a higher loading height for loading and unloading our bikes. This is going to be less strenuous on our backs. It's made out of a sturdy steel construction, giving us a weight capacity of 50 pounds per bike. That's for the two bike section and the four bike section. Hollywood Racks has the standard black powder coated finish, so it's going to be resistant to rust and corrosion.Now, we'll give you some clearance dimensions. This is going to give you an idea of how it's going to fit your vehicle. The distance from the face of the hitch to the closest part of the rack when folded up is about 5 inches. The distance from the face of the hitch to the farthest part of the rack when folded up is about 16-1/4 inches. The distance from the face of the hitch to the closest part of the rack when folded down is about 7-1/2 inches. The distance from the face of the hitch to the farthest part of the rack is about 46 inches.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. It's important to note that you do need a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver in order to install this bike rack. On our 2 inch shank, we've got our oblong pin hole here, and then on the inside, we have our adjustable loop. Once we feed our shank into our receiver tube of our vehicle, the pin will then go through the oblong hole and the adjustable loop. From there, we then come back to our lever and start tightening that up. As we're tightening, it's going to draw that loop back up against the pin holes on our receiver tube, removing all the rattle and play from our bike rack.Let's go ahead and check it out. We'll feed our shank into the receiver tube, push it all the way in until the front of our hitch makes contact with this welded on tab. The full bike rack is pretty heavy, weighing about 81 pounds, so if you'd like to separate the two, making it a little bit lighter for you to load in your receiver tube, go ahead and do so. The two bike is only about 51 pounds. With everything all lined up, we can then take our included pin, slide that through on either side, and then put our lock on.The nice thing about the lock is, no one's going to be able to remove our bike rack from our hitch. Once it's in place, we'll then come back to our lever and start tightening it up. As I said, by doing this, it's going to reduce all that play and rattle from inside our receiver tube and our bike rack to make a nice, solid ride for our bikes. We'll just tighten that all the way up. One thing to note is, you do not want this up and down, because once it tilts down, it'll make contact, and you don't want it all the way at the bottom, because then it'll interfere with your ground clearance. So we'll tighten it up until it's on either the left or right side.With everything secure in our bike rack, let's load up our bikes. We'll need to lower it down to the platform position. I'll pull out on my quick release pin and lower it down until it snaps into place. Then we can raise up our center mast. Then we can undo our hook and loop wheel straps. Now, if you'd like to, per your instructions, you have the option to remove this Phillips head screw. This is going to allow you to completely remove the frame hooks. This may make it easier to load up your bike.Then we can load up our first bike. It's recommended that you load up the heaviest bike first. As you can see, since the frame hooks are not in the way, it makes it just a tiny bit easier to load up your bikes. Then we can just replace them once our bikes are in place. Then we can just run our hook and loop strap over our wheels.With all of our bikes loaded up, we can then run our included cable locks for more security. It includes a long cable and a short one. The long one is just for our two bike section, if we're only using that. The extension is for our four bike section. Let's start by connecting the two. We'll put one through one of the looped ends, and then we'll go back through itself. Just like that. We can then go through all of our bikes' wheels on each side.Once we've gotten to the shank of our bike rack, we can take the metal portion, go through the loop. We'll remove our lock, slip this in place, and then replace the lock. And then both the four bike section and the two bike section are locked together to our hitch pin lock.With everything loaded up and secure, let's go ahead and take it out on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side to side action, such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our solid speed bumps. This is going to show an up and down action, such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking garage. And then finally on to our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action, such as driving over potholes or uneven pavement.That's going to complete our look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 Platform Style Four Bike Rack, part number HR1400Z.

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