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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Gear Review: The Mega Family Bike Rack – We Found It! Thule Apex 5 Fits Five Bikes Safely & Securely To Ease Bike-Rack Stress Disorder
Wild Modern Sculpture or Fab New Bike Rack?
written about this image before – my wide-eyed childhood memory of watching my
gold, 10-speed bicycle fly off the back of our Powder Blue Volkswagon Rabbit
and bounce mercilessly in a wild and passionate fashion into the rushing traffic of Highway 89 in Northern Vermont.
The horror. The bouncing...
the rickety bike-rack of yesteryear that my dad kept together with duct tape
and some swearing didn’t cut it then. And, today, with five of us now on bigger
bikes, I’m prone to avoiding that kind of disaster again for the sake of my Post
Traumatic Bike-Rack Stress Disorder and our fellow motorists.
to a modern miracle in the family bike-rack for convenience, “ease” (as “easy”
as it can be to stuff 5 bikes onto a small metal bar), safety and peace of mind
for everyone involved.
Thule’s Apex 5 manages to store all of our bikes, lock them in, and hold them
on without a nervous wiggle or a jiggle that has us munching on our fingernails
the whole drive.
soccer moms and busy family carpooling, the hitch can also stay on all summer
and easily clicks out of the way when you need to open the trunk of your family
truckster. So it’s super easy to maneuver around and tucks nicely away, flat
against the back.
only issues that have come up are fitting our smaller bikes onto it is more
challenging but can be done (note wild and fabulous photo of floating-bike
sculpture!) and overstretching a Ripple Strap, which are replaceable and it
comes with extras.
Bonus: Comes with a heavy duty lock so you can go eat your In & Out Burger
a difference having this on the back of our Beast has made for us. No more
stuffing the bikes into our 2nd car, no more leaving the bikes at
home. Much more fun!