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Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack


Today Ill be reviewing the Thule Helium Aero Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier for an Inch and a Quarter and Two Inch Hitches, part number TH9042. To start off our review, were going to show you how to switch the carrier from a two inch setup to an inch and a quarter setup. To do this, well use the included Allen key to loosen up and remove the two Allen bolts at the end of the shank. This will allow us to remove the two inch adapter from the shank of carrier. For todays demonstration purposes, our vehicle is equipped with a two inch hitch, so well replace the two inch adapter onto the shank and install and tighten down the two Allen bolts. Now well go ahead and install it on our vehicle. First well slide the shank of the carrier into the hitch receiver and lineup the built in hitch pin with the hitch pinhole. Then well simply turn the knob to engage the anti-rattle device and lock it for security.

Well now pull the grey lever at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms out. Now that our bike rack is attached to the vehicle, well show you how to tilt it back, so we can have full access to the cargo area. Well lift up the grey lever at the bottom of the carrier unit you hear a click, which will allow us to tilt the mast down and open up the rear cargo door and you can see that we can have full access to the cargo area of our vehicle. This ultralight weight aluminum bike rack allows you to carry up to two bikes and weighs about half as much as an all steel bike rack. The dual arching arms allow for fast and easy bike loading and provide more ground clearance and space between bikes than standard dual arm racks.

The arms also fold down for storage. To fold the cradle arms down, well simply lift up on the grey lever at the top of mast until you hear a click. This click indicates that we can fold the cradle arms down parallel with the mast of the carrier. The shock absorbing holdfast cradles are attached at varying heights along the arch allowing the handlebars and pedals to hang at different heights reducing scratches and dinks when you are loading your bikes. They provide two layers of cushioning to absorb road shock and hold the bike frame at three points to prevent bike to bike contact.

The reinforced cradle straps provide maximum strength and durability and the detachable anti-sway cradles keep your bike secured while driving down the road. There is a cable lock built into the mast that allows you to lock your bikes to the rack and stores inside the mast when not in use.Both the cable and the hitch connection feature Thules one key system. They are both keyed alike and be keyed to match your other Thule products. This bike rack also comes with a blue safety strap with buckle to further stabilize your bikes to the rack. This bike rack is made in the USA, weighs 18 pounds and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

To load up our bikes, well first undo the cradle straps at the back of the carrier. Well then place our bike onto the frame cradles, bring the straps around the frame and the strap around the seat post for the anti-sway cradle. For our next bike it does have a slanted frame, so well be using Thules Bike Adapter Bar to place onto the cradles. Well then bring the cradles around the bike adapter bar, securing it to position as well as the seat post preventing the bike from swaying during transit. Well now bring out the integrated cable lock and lock it into position securing our bikes to the bike rack. Well now use the included blue strap to go around the frames of the two bikes adding some extra security during transit. Now with our bikes loaded up and secured to the carrier, well show you how it looks driving down the road. That completes todays review of the Thule Helium Aero Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier for an Inch and a Quarter and Two Inch Hitches, part number TH9042. .