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Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Rack

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule T2 Classic Platform-Style Tilting 2 Bike Rack, part number TH9045. Please note this is not recommended to be used with bikes with fenders. The T2 Classic is an inch and a quarter 2 bike rack that provides superior access to your rear cargo. With most bike racks, you'll have to remove your bikes to access your rear hatch. Not with the T2. You simply remove this pin and pull up on the grey lever, and we can tilt it down even while the rack is fully loaded.

Then as you can see, we're able to open up our rear hatch without making any contact. It can adjust to fit a wide variety of bikes. As you can see, we've got a mountain bike and a child's bike without any problems. The wheel cradles will accommodate a tire size up to five inches, so you won't have any problem with your flat tire bikes either. The bikes are held in place by a front-wheel hook and rear-wheel strap. The bike does not make any contact with the frame.

For optional security, the wheel hooks are lockable and you can pick up a Thule locking core right here at, with a part number TH512. The anti-rattle hitch pin does include a lock so you can secure your bike rack to your vehicle. It includes two keys. It's going to work with your class 1 or class 2 inch and a quarter hitches with a weight capacity of a hundred pounds. The bike rack is made out of a solid steel construction with a black powder coat finish so it's going to stand up to the elements. We can go ahead and remove the bikes so we can show you one final feature.

The whole bike rack folds up against your vehicle for convenient storage. This would be ideal for close quarter parking or pulling into your garage. Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now this is made for inch and a quarter hitches so let's go ahead and feed it into the receiver tube. Then we'll line up our pin holes. That looks pretty good.

Then we can take included anti-rattle bolt and lock and we'll get that hand-tightened. Once we get that hand-tightened, we can take our included tool and tighten it the rest of the way down. Then we'll put our lock on, lock it up, and we've got it. In order to load up our bikes, we'll need to lower it into the platform position. It's in the stored position right here so we'll come over here, pull up on the grey lever, rotate it down until it clicks into place. Now let's fold out and raise up our wheel hooks. Then we can undo our rear wheel straps and then grab our bikes. Now in loading up your bikes it's always a good idea to put the heaviest bike on first, closest to the vehicle. We'll set our rear wheel in the rear cradle. If we have to, we can adjust it so it's centered up. Then we can raise up our wheel hook and that's going to come up right in front of our suspension here or in front of our brake caliper, whatever comes first. We'll just lower it down. Push it firmly in place and it's going to hold our bike up for us so that we can tighten our rear wheel strap. You want to make sure that this goes between the spokes and over the wheel, feed it down through the ratchet there, and make sure it's snug in place. As you can see, our kid's bike doesn't quite fit. That's okay because our platform is fully adjustable. You can adjust it left or right within these lines or front to back up to this pin hole. You just simply loosen the bolts. I just loosened it with the included tool, slid it forward, tightened it back up. Now I can adjust my cradle as needed and it's not going to come in contact with anything else. Here on our test course, let's go into our slalom. This is going to show side-to-side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Then finally onto our solid speed bumps. This is going to simulate pulling in out of a parking lot or out of a driveway. That's going to complete our look at the Thule T2 Classic Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, part number TH9045.

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