Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4 Bike Platform Rack with Cargo Carrier Review

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

Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE platform-style four-bike rack with cargo carrier, part number HR1400Z-85. This Hollywood Racks kit can be used in four different configurations: a two-bike rack, a four-bike rack, a two-bike rack and cargo carrier, or just a cargo carrier. All of these configurations are quick and easy to do. This is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, whether you're riding or traveling.The two-bike setup is perfect for you and one other person, whether you're hittin' the road or the trails. The four-bike setup is exactly the same; it just allows us to carry two additional bikes. It's great for a family or a group of friends.

It's gonna carry a wide variety of bikes. We've got a mountain bike, a road bike, a bike with an alternative frame style, and a children's bike.The two-bike setup with the cargo carrier is perfect for riders that need just a little bit more space. It's gonna be great for camping equipment or wet, muddy, and soiled gear, things we just wanna keep out of our vehicle. Or, if you're traveling or going on long trips, you just wanna take two bikes and you need more room for luggage. It's also gonna free up space inside your vehicle for passengers and pets.The cargo net is included with this carrier.

It's gonna help contain our cargo, that way we don't have to pick up any straps. Now, this bike rack has a lot of the same features as a premium bike rack. It does tilt away so we can access that rear hatch. The nice thing about this setup is, though, not only can we do it with two bikes loaded, but we can also do it with our cargo carrier fully loaded.It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you do this, because it can be heavy. We'll have our buddy come in and pick up on the back of the rack to take off some of that weight.

We'll remove that snapper pin, pull out on the quick release pin, and then he can lower it down until it rests. And as promised, we've got more than enough room to get into our rear hatch for our gear.Now you can also tilt it away with the four-bike setup as well. Both the two and the four-bike rack hold our bikes by their frames. How it works is, the frame hook puts down pressure on our bike's top tube into the front and rear cradles. And then a strap holds our wheels in place.

I've gone ahead and removed the bikes and taken out the gear so we can take a closer look.As you can see, the cargo carrier itself is a basket style. It has a tubular design. The raised side rails are gonna give us plenty of tie-down points to secure our cargo. The open floor design is gonna be easy to clean; dirt and debris is just gonna fall right through. I do recommend putting larger items on this cargo carrier. Smaller items could easily fall out.It's inside dimensions are 52-1/2 inches long, 15-9/16 of an inch wide, and it's 5 inches deep. Now this carrier has a weight capacity of 90 pounds when attached to the two-bike rack. When it's attached by itself, it has a weight capacity of 220 pounds. So just take note of that.Now let's focus on the bike rack. And again, the two-bike has all of the same features as the two-bike expansion, which is the four-bike rack. The frame hooks themselves are rubber coated so they don't harm or scratch or cause any abrasions to our bike's top tube. They also are adjustable along the center mast. That way, they'll work with bikes of different sizes.They're also lockable. That way, no one can remove our bikes. Here at the bottom, the cradles are adjustable along the platform. This is so it can work with bikes with different sized wheel bases. Once we've got 'em in place, simply tighten it up with the large knob. The cradles themselves will support a tire up to three inches in width. Now if you have a fat bike, you could pick up the fat bike adapter kit with part number HRSPRWH-F-HD. And that'll allow you to hold a fat tire up to five inches wide.Here at the shank, we have a rise of seven inches. Not only is this gonna give us better ground clearance here at the back for our bike rack and its accessories, but it's also gonna give us a higher loading height. That way, it's not so strenuous on our backs.Now we'll give you some clearance dimensions. This is gonna 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 when folded down is about 27-1/2 inches.When the bike rack is not in use, the center mast folds down. What we do is we pull out the pin, lower it down, and then reinsert the pin so it stays in place. I'd like to point out that the pin itself doesn't use any clips to hold it in place. It actually features a little tab that when lined up with the notch on the hole, it goes all the way through, and then when it's turned you cannot pull it out.Now with that center mast folded down, it can be stowed like this. So whether you're hittin' the trails or you're driving around town, it's fine. With it in that position though, I'd also like to point out that you can get into that rear hatch. That way you can remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us, just like before.If you'd like just a little bit more clearance here at the back, no problem. It folds up against our vehicle for compact storage. And this can be done with the two-bike expansion or the cargo carrier attached. All of the accessories here are made out of a sturdy steel construction with the Hollywood Racks standard black powder coat finish. So they're gonna be very durable and they're gonna hold up to the elements and last a long time.They also feature a limited lifetime warranty. Now we'll show you how to get everything installed. Now when installing this, you'll need to be sure you have a two-inch by two-inch receiver. That's what we've got here; let's go ahead and get started.How it works is, the shank's gonna slide into the receiver tube all the way up until it hits this welded-on tab. Here on the inside, we have our adjustable loop. Once it's lined up within the receiver tube, the included pin will go through the elongated opening here. The lock with go on the other side, and then we can start tightening up that anti-rattle device. And that's gonna reduce all the play and rattle from inside our receiver tube and our bike rack. Let's go ahead and check it out.Slide it all the way in, take our included pin, slip on our lock. Then as you can see, without it being tightened up, we've got a lot of play. So we'll tighten up that lever, get it nice and secure, and you'll wanna be sure that it's horizontal like this and it's not hanging down. That's gonna reduce our ground clearance, and we don't want it to get damaged. So we'll make sure it's horizontal, give it a good shake. And as you can see, I'm shaking the entire vehicle. We're good to go.When we're ready to load up our two bikes, we'll need to lower it down to the platform position. So we pull out that pin, lower it down until it snaps into place. Now if we're using any of the other accessories like the two-bike expansion or the cargo carrier, I like to load up my two bikes first. That way I'm not stretching over those accessories.So I'll make sure my center mast is up, my straps are undone, and my hooks are up and out of the way. Now Hollywood Racks recommends loading up the heaviest bike first. For us, it's gonna be my mountain bike. Now you can go up and over, or you can go around the side, whichever's easiest. I like to go up and over and rest it in place. Then we can bring down that hook. Once it makes contact, give it a good push, and we're ready to do our wheel straps. Bring it up, over our wheel, through the loop, and back through itself.With one bike secure, our second bike loads up the same way. Let's go ahead and get that done. For your accessory, if you'd like to carry two more bikes, all you do is go ahead and remove that rear reflector, slide the two-bike expansion into the receiver here, lining up those pinholes. We'll take the attached pin and clip, slide that through, put our clip in place. And then at the back here, we've got that same lever to help us reduce that play and that rattle.Get it nice and secure. And again, it's a good idea to make sure that it's horizontal. That way it's not gonna interfere with anything. From here, just add two more bikes like before. Now let's show you how to attach the cargo carrier.It slides in the same way as our two-bike expansion. Be sure to slide it all the way in. Then we'll take our included snapper pin, put that through the pinhole. And then, at the very back, we tighten up that same lever. Now we're ready to load up some cargo.When using the cargo carrier by itself, you'll need to use the included sleeve. It simply slides over the shank like so. We'll take the included pin, put it in place, and then we'll wanna tighten up that lever at the rear. Again, it's gonna help reduce that play within the two shanks here. Get it nice and secure, then we're ready to put it into our vehicle. And we can also use the included pin and lock. That way, no one can remove the carrier from our vehicle.And that's gonna complete our look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE platform-style four-bike rack with cargo carrier, part number HR1400Z-85.

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