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Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Rack with Cargo Carrier Review

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Rack with Cargo Carrier

Today we're going to be taking a look at Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 platform-style 2 bike rack with cargo carrier for 2" hitches, part number HR1450-85. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider is going to allow you to carry up to two bikes in the platform position on the rear of your vehicle. The padded frame hooks and the adjustable wheel cradles secure your bikes into place. One of its best features is, it has the ability to tilt away from our vehicle even with bikes loaded, so we can gain access to our rear hatch. We'll come down here, we'll remove the pin and clip first, then we'll pull out on the black pin here and then we can tilt it down. As you can see, we've got some room to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. Now depending on your vehicle and your handlebar style, you may be able to open up your rear hatch all the way. It features a hitch pin and lock to secure our bike rack to our vehicle, and an 8' cable lock to secure our bikes to our bike rack. I've gone ahead and removed the bikes so we can go over some additional features.

The center mast folds down with bikes not loaded so we can gain access through our rear hatch to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything you might have with you on your trip. It also folds up against your vehicle for compact storage. Pull out the pin here, fold it up until it snaps into place. Now this would be ideal for pulling in a garage overnight, or in a close-quarter parking spot, or anywhere you might need the space. The rear of our rack features a reflector to help keep it visible at night. If we remove that reflector, we're able to add the Hollywood Racks' cargo carrier.

Slide in the carrier and we'll insert our clip, then we'll come to our anti-rattle lever back here and tighten it up. This basket-style cargo carrier is going to allow us to carry up to 90 pounds of gear. The raised side rails are going to allow us to contain our cargo and act as numerous tie-down points. In this configuration we're still able to tilt it away when loaded, and tilt it up for compact storage; just works the same way. If you're not hauling any bikes, that's cool. You can also use the addition as a stand-alone cargo carrier.

Our wheel cradles are adjustable along the platform, giving us a maximum wheel base of up to 60". Simply loosen up the knob, adjust it anywhere you like, and then tighten it back down. The cradles themselves will accommodate a tire width of up to 3" wide. The frame hooks are adjustable to work with different size bikes and they're adjusted by this lever here. The whole bike rack is made out of a rust-resistant, sturdy steel construction with a black powder coat finish. It features a bike weight capacity of up to 45 pounds per bike, and it has a limited lifetime warranty. We'll go ahead and give you some measurements just to help you determine if it's going to be a right fit for you.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the carrier is 29", and we have a 7" shank rise. With it folded up from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge, it's about 16". When in the cargo basket configuration, it's 52" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge. Customers on our website are comparing this to the Thule Doubletrack platform-style 2 bike rack. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider only works for 2" hitches. The Doubletrack works for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. The Sport Rider does tilt away even with bikes loaded. The Doubletrack does not tilt at all. They both include hitch pin locks; however, the Hollywood Racks includes an 8' cable lock to further secure your bikes. Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. First thing we'll do, we'll pick it up and we'll load our shank into the receiver tube. Then we're going to push it all the way in until it hits that welded-on plate on the top, just like that. Then we'll take our included pin and lock, we'll put that through and clip on our lock. Then we'll make our way back here to this lever. This is going to be our anti-rattle device. By tightening this up, it's going to help reduce all that play and all that rattle from inside our receiver tube and our bike rack, making a nice, solid ride for our bikes. We'll get that nice and tight. As you can see, all that play and rattle is gone. In preparation for loading up our bikes, we'll need to lower it down to the platform position. We'll come to this pin here, pull it out, and then lower it down. Now we can raise up that center mast and pull out the pin here, raise it up, align the holes on the bottom, and reinsert that pin. Now we can raise up our frame hooks just to get them out of the way, and then we'll undo our wheel straps. Now we can grab our bike. It's recommended that you load up the heaviest bike first. I'll set it in place into the cradle. If you have to adjust your wheel cradles, you'd simple just loosen up the knob, slide it forward, and then just tighten it back down. You just want to make sure the tire sits evenly. Then we can lower down our frame hook. Once it makes contact, go ahead and give it a firm push, then we'll run our wheel straps. Now our second bike loads up the exact same way. You just want to be sure and alternate the handlebars, then we can just run our cable lock and we're ready to take it 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 on to our alternating speed bumps, this is going to show a twisting action such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Then on to 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 lot. Now that we've taken our 2 bike rack on our test course, let's go ahead and load some cargo and go through again. We're back on our test course. You'll see that same side-to-side action as we go through our slalom. Going to the alternating speed bumps, you'll see that twisting action that we have with our bike rack and our cargo carrier. Finally through our solid speed bumps, is that up-and-down action. That's going to complete our look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 platform-style 2 bike rack with cargo carrier for 2" hitches, part number HR1450-85.



Hi, is it possible to have a similar setup for 1, maybe 2 ebikes? I know Hollywood makes some of the best ebike racks, but is it possible to also have the same basket style cargo carrier? And is there a light kit that could be installed on the back of the carrier?

Etrailer Expert

Jon G.


You should be able to use the Sport Rider SE Bike Rack for 2 Electric Bikes # HLY84FR along with the Cargo Carrier # HR1485 to accomplish what you're talking about. We don't currently have this available as a kit so you would need to purchase them separately.