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Yakima SingleSpeed Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima SingleSpeed Platform Rack

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima Single Speed platform style, one bike rack, part number YO2481. Meet up with some friends at the trail head, or get your bike to the starting line with the Yakima Single Speed platform style, one bike rack. Most single bike racks go on the roof. This saves the expense of a roof rack system. Most roof bike racks are fork mounted, this also saves you the hassle of having to remove your front tire.It's going to work with a wide variety of bikes including your fat bikes. It holds our bikes with zero frame contact.

The front wheel hook puts down pressure on the front wheel into the front wheel cradle. Here at the rear, a ratcheting strap further holds our bike in place. I've gone ahead and removed our bike, so we can take a closer look. Here you can see our front cradle. It's going to accept fat tires up to five inches wide.

Our rear strap is extra long, to get over those fat tires.The rear cradle pivots to accommodate bikes of different wheel bases, up to 48 inches long. The wheel hook is rubber coated for grip, and so it won't harm or scratch your bike's finish. It ratchets down. It'll work with tire diamond airs between 20 and 29 inches. The cable lock is integrated within the arm, so it's always there when you need it, and you don't have to worry about losing it.When not in use, our wheel cradle folds in, and our arm folds down for compact storage.

The attached pin and anti-rattle knob makes it a tool free installation. Our anti-rattle knob is keyed alike to our cable lock. Two keys are included. It's a steel construction with a black powder coat finish. It'll hold bikes up to 40 pounds, and it features a limited lifetime warranty.

Finally, like most Yakima products, it includes a bottle opener, so after a hard ride, you can have a drink with your buds.Now we'll give you some measurements. From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the end of the rack is about 24 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack, is about 7-1/2 inches. A similar rack on our site is the Thule T1 platform rack. Both are fat bike ready, one bike racks. The T1 has a closed front wheel cradle, the Single Speed's is open. The T1 folds up against your vehicle to save space when not in use, is also motor home compatible, where the Single Speed is not. The Single Speed is more price friendly, however.Now that we've gone over some features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now this can be used for either 1-1/4 or two inch hitches. It comes with a sleeve, so we can fit it into our two inch by two inch receiver which is what we have. Let's go ahead and slide it in place. We'll line up our pin holes, then we'll take the attached pin, and put it through until it snaps into place.Then we'll come back to our anti-rattle knob, and turn that clock wise. By doing so, it's going to tighten up the wedge on the inside of our receiver, on our shank, and reduce all that play and rattle, so we can have a nice solid ride for our bike. At the end, when we've got it tightened, we'll grab our key, and lock it up. Once it's locked, the knob spins freely, so no one can remove the bike rack from our vehicleTo get it ready to load up our bike, we'll need to fold out the wheel cradle, and fold out the wheel hook. We'll also want to make sure that it's up all the way. And then we'll also want to undo our rear wheel strap. Then we can load up our bike. Rest the front wheel into the front wheel cradle. And then we'll rest the rear wheel into the rear wheel cradle. We'll secure our front wheel first. We'll raise up the wheel hook. This is going to end up in front of our brakes, or our fork, whatever comes first. We'll lower it down. Once it makes contact, give it a good push, and that way our bike is held in place.Here at the rear, we'll simply just take our strap, go between our spokes, and over our wheel, and back down into the ratchet. With our bike secure, we can go ahead and run our cable lock. We'll pull it out of our wheel hook arm, go through the frame, and then back to itself. Then we can lock that up as well. With everything secured, we're ready to take it out on our test course, and see how it performs.Here on our test course, we'll first go into our slalom. This is going to show side-to-side action, such as going around corners, or evasive maneuvering. Then onto some speed bumps. This is going to simulate potholes in the road, or rough terrain. And that's going to complete our look at the Yakima Single Speed platform style one bike rack. Pack number Y02481.

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