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Lippert Hitch-It 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Lippert Hitch-It 2 Bike Rack

Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with Today, we're going to be taking a look at the BikeWing-2 and also the Hitch-It. These are going to be bike racks that are going to go on the neck of your trailer to get two bikes to and from your destination. If you're going to go traveling to the lake with your boat, or even just to a campsite with a utility trailer, or an enclosed trailer, your hitch is being used. This is definitely going to resolve that problem.

Now, we can actually just put this on the tongue of whatever kind of trailer we may have to be able to get those bikes to and from the destination.We could get a bike rack that goes on our roof, but you're probably going to have a lot of cargo and gear too. If that's already being in use, this is going to be a great way to not take up any space on your vehicle, whether it's on the roof or inside. Just going to be behind you. You'll be able to see it while you're driving down the road, and it's not going to interfere with anything.So, everything that you see right here, the base, all the hardware, and the bike rack section of this product is the Hitch-It. If you grab the Hitch-It, everything here will come with your kit.

This is going to be ideal if you want your bike rack to start exactly where your base is. In this instance, it sits perfectly between my car and my boat. This way we won't have any contact when we're returning or backing up. But some people need to either put this part either closer to their vehicle, or closer to the boat. In this instance, this part is going to be added which makes it the BikeWing.

What it's going to do is either face it towards our vehicle here, like so . or we can have it face towards our boat.It just depends on what your preference is. One thing to note: the closer it is to your vehicle, if you're turning or backing up, the vehicle is going to get closer to this section. The boat is going to stay fixed, so as we turn it's not going to get any closer to our boat. In this instance, I would probably just go for the actual Hitch-It kit just because I don't think I'm going to be able to put a bike on this side anyway.

Just so you guys know, if that fits your needs and you want to have it close to your boat or closer to your car, you can grab the BikeWing kit . but we will have to purchase our base separately. But in this instance, I'm actually just going to use it right here because this gives me a good distance between my boat and my car, and I can get both of my bikes on here.The bike base here is going to be able to fit trailers that are two to four inches wide, and it's also going to be able to fit trailers that are all the way up to about six inches tall as well. These bolts are going to make that possible, and they are included with the kit.Now that you know the fitment of this bike rack on your trailer, let's get to the good stuff, what you guys really want to do . let's ride your bike. We are going to have two bikes that can be on here at the same time, and they're both going to mount up the same way. There's going to be a wheel hook for the front and back. As you can see here, I do have the front in place. The bottom is actually resting on my frame here, but my other wheel hook isn't really doing the job. Luckily, we have a lot of adjustments that we can do to kind of make it to where it's going to fit pretty good. You have your little pin we'll pull, and you can actually adjust this up. Slide it in.Now, we have a little bit more pressure on that mount there. This is going to change depending on what kind of bikes that you guys have. Obviously, you probably shouldn't have both bikes facing the same way just because you might have a little interference with your handlebars. The other one over here, just face it that way. And if you need to make any adjustments, you can.Once you get your bike where you want it, you can go ahead and take these soft durable rubber straps and stretch them over to finish the job. They are extremely tight, which doesn't make it too easy to put them on, but that also means it's not going to be too easy for them to fall off. That's definitely a plus in my book. We are going to have three per bike, two on the wheels, and then a straight one down low here.I don't think it's going anywhere. I'm just going to put my second bike up here. I am facing it the other way, just so we don't have any clearance issues with our handlebars here. You do notice I am not really utilizing this one down here, but that one's also adjustable. You just twist this little knob and it'll slide up. This one butts up to that wheel. You can hand tighten this down too. Luckily, we don't need any tools to do so. Then we can go ahead and start tying her down.So, this whole process is going to be the exact same thing regardless of if you have just the Hitch-It, or if you have the BikeWing. One of the nice things about this compared to maybe a roof mounted bike rack . I could see all my bikes in my rear view mirror and also my boat.In regards of how this bike rack interacts with your bikes, the back wheel's always going to be pretty solid. The only real wiggles we get is in the front, just because we have a little bit of flex. But even when really moving these guys around, I don't have any contact with each bike. No bike-to-bike contact, which is always a plus. We might have a little bit of contact with our masks here . a little bit with the purple bike maybe. But with my mountain bike here, we are going to have a little bit. We actually have pads down here that'll protect some of that, but I actually didn't have them all the way up here. Luckily, we can just remove this pin, slide that out, and just slide this pad up just to accommodate for whatever bikes you guys are using. It's always nice buying a product that is thinking about your bikes, and this one definitely has that box checked.All three of the points that is going to be touching your bike to secure it down, they are all either . have the durable rubber strap touching the actual rim, like the one down here, or all of them are going to have a rubber coating on the outside of this bar here. You don't have to worry about your wheels getting scratched. This is a women's bike and it works pretty well. A lot of those hanging style racks are going to have a adapter that goes across here just so it'll fit, this way we don't even have to use the frame at all. There's no frame contact. And even with your kids bikes, all we really needed to do for those smaller wheel bases is move these down. Because as that V goes down, obviously these hooks are going to be closer together. For your smaller wheelbase bikes, just move those down, and use all the adjustment holes that we have here to make it fit right.We're going to go ahead and take these bikes off to see how easy it's going to be. Those take a decent amount of strength to get those things undone, and it's not really the least awkward angle to get all these done from one side. I don't have a whole lot of room between my boat winch here and my vehicle too, so we'll see how it goes.That's one thing to notice, too. Whenever you're taking it off, you are going to have to have a decent amount of upper body strength to kind of get that up and around whatever you're kind of working around. As you can see, I'm kind of struggling here to get it all undone. It's not too difficult, but not the easiest thing in the world.The Hitch-It here from the top of our bike base to the top right here is going to be about two inches. We're going to go ahead and compare that to the BikeWing. And both are going to have anti-rattle bolts, so that's always nice. And those are included with the kit. A lot of the bike racks that you can buy here actually just come with a pin and clip. So having that . that comes with it. And not having to go back and make another purchase to gain that feature, it's always nice. Because I do suggest anti-rattle, but this one comes with it. I won't take this off. I'm going to go grab the BikeWing, put it on right there.Just so you guys get an idea, I'm actually going to put this into a inaudible 00:10:27, because it'll bring it up a little bit. With this in place, this is how it'll be whenever you're hauling your bikes. Instead of about two inches from the top here to the top . the same top part that we measured on the Hitch-It, it's going to be about nine and a half inches. There's quite a big difference there. Also, the distance between the center of this hole all the way to the center of this hole over here is going to be about 10 and 1/4 inches. You're going to have the option to do 10 and 1/4 inches closer to your car, or 10 and 1/4 inches closer to your boat trailer or enclosed trailer.This whole assembly isn't too heavy. It is made of steel, and it does have a powder coat finish. It does look pretty nice as well. If you guys don't have an option to put your bikes in your vehicle, up on top of the vehicle, or even in some of the trailers that you may be hauling, this is definitely going to be a solution to get your bikes to and from the destination. A cool thing is we have different options like the BikeWing here. We can also obviously do just straight up into our bike base here just to get the Hitch-It, or we can actually go ahead . there's another attachment that we could grab for this. If you have already purchased this, you can grab the Bump-It. If you're not using your hitch to haul anything, you can actually have this attachment go into your hitch, and then you can use that bike rack even if you're not hauling your trailer.That's definitely a thumbs up for me because it's going to do what it needs. This is one of the only options you really have for a trailer tongue bike rack, but it also acts as a normal bike rack too. It's the best of both worlds and I would definitely suggest it. And a cool thing is if you're not using it, this isn't too big and it's not going to affect anything, so you don't have to worry about taking it in and out all the time. All you got to do is undo that anti-rattle bolt and you're ready to go. But other than that, that's just about it for our look at the Hitch-It and our BikeWing-2.

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