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Budget bike transport.
You shouldn’t have to spend as much on your rack as your did on your bike—at least that’s the way Thule sees it. The Parkway Hitch Carrier is simple to install and simple to use. The Parkway uses Thule’s classic cradles, which secure and protect your bikes’ frames during transport. And, because of the dual arm design, you don’t have to mess around with wonky top tube adapters—the Parkway carries them all. Thule even includes tie-down straps, but recommends upgrading to Zip Sticks for added stability.
- 2 bike capacity
- Eliminates need for top tube adapters
- Tie-down straps included
- Item #THU0181
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Does the job for a bike rack, especially for the price! I get nervous about the bikes rubbing though and certain bikes are a real challenge to get on.
Does the Job
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This rack does great carrying two bikes. However, it does stick out pretty far from the car and does not fold down. But it gets the job done!
So far works for me 2 weeks. I had no problem w/using it. Few extra rubber bands will help to prevent rattling and sliding along bars. I would recommend to get a long secure cable and a separate weather resistant lock w/dial code for it. IMHO auxilary pin-lock that thule suggests will be trashed by road dirt and you won;'t be able to stick the key in.
my bike has never fallen off
works fine. mine has a sleeve to fit both hitch receivers though. bikes stay on the rack and the securing strap deals are pretty nice (and replaceable). bikes bounce around and swing a lot but i have never seen a hitch mount that doesnt - and yes, i use the zip stick.
i prefer the bikes on the roof or in the back of a truck. i guess if youre a baller and drive a hummer or escalade or similar, a roof rack wont work for you so this is a good option.
Good for the price
It is a nice rack and does the job of holding two bikes like it says. I have been having problems with the clips at the top sliding back in forth while driving with the bikes on it (I fixed it buy using rubber bands as gaskets to stop the movement). If you have a small bike, like my wife has, it will be a tight fit on the rack. I find that the zip stick is very useful in keeping the bikes from swaying around. Bottom line is it works good for the price but there are better ones out there.
Thule Parkway Hitch Bike Carrier - 2 Bike
Pros - Good price, excellent functionality, easy to assemble, bikes ride well, excellent overall design
Con - Discovered that the Thule Zip Stick 2 that is recommended was an unnecessary purchase for me
Thule 2 bike, hitch mount bike rack
I have only used it once so far but like most Thule products, it is made of quality materials and built solidly. I thought it was very easy to assemble and install. It holds 2 mountain bikes nicely away from the back of my Denali and swings away easily for access to the back of the SUV without removing the rack or bikes (although Thule recommends that you remove the bikes before lowering the rack). The rubber tabs held the bikes securely and the tie strap kept the bike wheels straight on the rack. All in all, a good value for a high quality product.
Does it fold down when not in use??
Does it fold down when not in use??
No, you can lower it down to easily load a bike, but the rack that holds the bikes won't fold down flat.
will the parkway carrier clear spare tire...
will the parkway carrier clear spare tire on 2011 jeep wrangler
I'm not exactly sure how far out this thing sits from the end of the receiver but I would recommend the Thule Spare Me 2 carrier...it has the same capacity and is designed with your Jeep in mind (I'm not a rep, just a bike nerd).
we are buying our first bike rack so, we...
we are buying our first bike rack so, we have a 2010 escape. will this fit? we have towing package.
Measure your receiver hitch to make sure it's 2". Many are 1 1/4". Though you can pick up a reducer at a store to make this work if you really like this particular bike rack.
It should work fine, just find out the specific size of your receiver hitch (2" or 1.25") and order the correct one...
Escapes typically come with a 1 1/4". I would strongly recommend that you buy a rack with the correct size hitch because it will give you a more solid connection to your car than if you have to use an adapter.
You can also get an extension to take your hitch from a 1 1/4" to a 2". I would suggest not doing this though. I tried it at first and you get a lot more movement from the rack while driving. I hit a speed bump and knocked my bikes into my bumber and scratched the paint. Shoot for a rack that is an exact match for your hitch.
Can this bike rack fit on a Toyota Rav...
Can this bike rack fit on a Toyota Rav 4?
we have 2 beach cruisers - will this bike...
we have 2 beach cruisers - will this bike carrier work for us?
Write your question here...I have a hummer...
Write your question here...I have a hummer h2 with hitch extender does the Thule parkway bike carrier work with the extender ? Some bike racks are not recommended with a hitch extender
Your best bet is to enter your information in the Car Rack Configurator at the top of the page and that should tell you if it will work or not.
configurator doesnt have a extension question
Do you have the hitch extender only so that the bike rack will be far enough away from the spare tire? If that's the case, it should be just fine. Racks aren't 'recommended' to be used with extenders because they increase the torque placed on the hitch and because with the additional junction they aren't as stable.
My wife uses an extender on her Escape to convert her 1 1/2" receiver to a 2" for our Thule T2. It works fine, but isn't quite as stable as when the rack is directly into a 2" receiver.
will this fit an H3 with spare tire mounted...
will this fit an H3 with spare tire mounted on back?
It will work on an h3. depending on the tire size, you mite need a hitch extender and silent hitch pin. the silent hitch pin gets rid of the wobble.but the 7" extender decreases your tounge wieght by a third. with 2 bikes you have no worries. the roadway 912 is a lil bit better rack. Take my advice i work at Rack N Road. A rack specialty store
does it fit a Jeep Commander Hitch?
does it fit a Jeep Commander Hitch?
Measure your hitch to see what size it is and then go from there. Hopefully it's 2 inches because that is all we have in stock right now. You can also reference the Thule fit guide. http://www.thuleracks.com/default2.asp
can I use this on the back of a pickup...
can I use this on the back of a pickup truck --it has a trailer hitch
and if so do I have to remove every time I want to put back down --or is there a better product I should be looking at
You can use it on a pickup, you will have to fold it down (but not remove it) to get into the back, and there are bed-mounted racks that would better suit you.
I have a ladies mountain bike...do I need...
I have a ladies mountain bike...do I need the bar in order to mount it? We are traveling on fairly smooth roads from Maine to Florida...and how easy is it to swing away from my vehicle in order to get to the hatch?
For most ladies bikes, you'll need the frame adapter in order to hang your bike from this rack". It hooks onto the stem and seat post to create a straight top tube. It's Item # THU0324 on our site
How would you lock down bikes with this...
How would you lock down bikes with this rack?
You cannot lock the bikes, you would need to buy a lock, but you can secure them with the straps provided.
I have a spare tire mounted above my hitch...
I have a spare tire mounted above my hitch on both vehicles I would use this rack on. Question is there enough clearance for the rack or will I have to buy an extender?
Some friends of mine have a Toyota RAV4 and their rack works just fine. Check out the image to see if the style is similar to your vehicles.http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/T/toyota/rav4/03-large/06-rav4-r3q-a.jpgAre you dead set on hitch rack in this style? Bikes swing back and forth and collide with one another, and if you have any dual suspension bikes you're just asking for mounting troubles.Personally I prefer fork mount roof racks, but I'm a huge fan of Yakima's tray racks. They're quite a bit more expensive, but I like to think that my bike deserves the best after I ride it so hard.http://www.backcountry.com/store/YAK0233/Yakima-HoldUp-Bike-Rack-%96-2-Inch.htmlhttp://www.backcountry.com/store/THU0128/Thule-Transport-T2.html (Thule version, not as good in my opinion)