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Parkway Hitch Bike Carrier
It’s not hard to spend $400 on a bike rack, but why bother when you can get the Thule Parkway Hitch 4-Bike Carrier for virtually half as much? It’s not like the Parkway’s been gutted to make it more affordable, either. It locks right into your vehicle’s standard hitch receiver, and holds your bikes solidly in the classic anti-sway cradles, so they don’t smash into each other even when you’re grinding up rocky roads to the top of an epic shuttle lap. The Parkway can haul up to 140lb, so even four burly rigs should be able to fit without an issue.
- Rack for car shuttles and family trips
- Steel construction is extremely strong
- Rubber cradles are gentle on your bike frame
- Compatible with standard 2-inch hitch receivers
- Carries up to 140 pounds and fits up to four bikes
- Tilts away from vehicle for trunk or tailgate access
- Item #THU0175
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Holds 4 bikes
Load capacity-140 lb
Max bike weight-35 lb
Dimensions-34.5 x 35 x 38 in
Weight of rack-27 lb
Distance between bikes is 5 in
Carbon frame compatible- YES
NO tilt function WITH bikes
Fits 2 inch receivers
Does NOT fit 1.25 inch receivers
Compatible with One Key System
Bike lock NOT included
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This was so simple to assemble and mount into the hitch. With the 4-bike carry and easy load, mountain biking is about the ride and any thoughts of transporting our bikes is left behind (with the hitch). Love the tilt feature. I had one without this for quite awhile and will never go back. Easy access to the rear compartment of my SUV is one pin-pull away. We often take the dog riding and this is so much nicer for him too!
Thule Vertex Bike Rack - 4 Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is well made and easy to use.
It fit my 2006 Honda CRV with enough room to get past the spare tire hanging off the back. I did not need a hitch extension.
I had to replace the top 5/8 bolt with a 5/8 pin to allow the arms to fold when not loaded with bikes.
Good basic bike rack
Good sturdy rack, a little challenging to get 4 bikes on especially kids bike with smaller frames but doable. Wish the rack came with a pin instead of bolt at top so it was possible to fold down rack part that holds bikes when not in use.
Sturdy, gets 'er done
Very nice construction, seems sturdy enough for 4 bikes, just be careful going over rough bumps...
My main gripe is that it doesn't rotate down when you're not using it - not a huge deal I guess, but it seems like all other racks (including Thule's) rotate down and out of the way when you don't feel like driving with 5' poles behind you...
The Rack Rocks
This rack rocks.
Decent Rack, Good Price
This is the first and only hitch rack I've had on my 4Runner, and there are definitely plenty of reasons to like it. It was a cinch to setup, it's always been stable, it leans away from the vehicle with ease, and it was relatively cheap for a 4-bike rack. That said, I'm not totally happy with the carrying style. The cradles are fine, and can rotate as needed, but it can be difficult finagling certain frames, especially full suspensions, onto the rack. Also, I know the carrier arm can't extend 12 feet off the back of the vehicle, but it'd be quite the feat to get 4 bikes on this rack. I've only carried three at once on this rack, and it wasn't easy getting them on and off. Overall, not a bad buy for the price, but it works best only carrying two bikes at a time.
Due to my massive spare tire this is what I needed so the Thule would fit. (32'' BFG MT's)
Fold down (need to buy extra pin)
If you want your arms to fold down you will need to replace the provided bolt with a pin. Easy solution. The arms will even lock in place up or down with the pin.
This is my Parkway with a 12'' hitch extender. The Thule Parkway has a place to secure a cable around and then the other end around your hitch plate.
Parkway with extender hitch
Great for the Price
Despite problems, it's great for the price and free shipping!
My vehicle is a 09 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited X with the Rubicon Wheel and Tire package and hard top. This rack did not have a long enough receiver tube to clear my 32'' BFG MT spare tire. I will need an extender tube but then my departure angle will suffer and I worry that my rack may hit the ground on uneven terrain.
Other issues include not being able to open my gate or glass even when you pull the pin to lower the rack. It's still not enough to let the glass flip up past my tail gate. When the hardtop is off this may not be an issue.
Also, the rack does not secure to your hitch with a pin. The hole is small and threaded. Very poor design, you will need to get a longer bolt. Also, the "arms" of the rack do not fold down. This is another modification you will have to do. Additionally, the rubber straps to hold the bike seem to fall off often.
It does the job.
If you have a standard shaped road or mt. bike you will be good to go. I would recommend replacing the top pin so that it folds down. It holds the bikes on well and does not scratch them up.
Thule 956 bike rack
It is a good rack, easy to install. But it's not designed for some odd shape bikes, you gonna need a adapter for them which is another $20 or $30. Though the rack could swing down to load bikes, the top part could not be fold as some advanced model. If you happen to have a small garage, it will block the door. I bought a 3/8" ($5) pin from LOWES, replace one bolt to make the topper part able to fold.
Great rack! Easy to install and remove. It works!
Another great Thule product
Purchased Thule Parkway 2" for a 14-hour (mostly interstate) family vacation road trip. Wanted a quality entry-level rack. Loaded it up with two adult mountain bikes and two kids bikes (oddly shaped) -- all of varying weights, sizes, tube dimensions. All fit just fine and remained remarkably stable even at interstate speeds -- no swaying. Easy to assemble. Solid construction. Very pleased.
hi i have a volkswagen tourage. will this...
hi i have a volkswagen tourage. will this rack work with it. or can you suggest others
Will the Thule Parkway 4Bike Rack carry...
Will the Thule Parkway 4Bike Rack carry cruiser type bikes without an adapter? Need to carry at least two ladies' coaster bikes and one youth bike.
Unfortunately you will need the adapter for anything that does not have a horizontal top tube. You can find the adapter here on our site at:
does this come with adapter for a 2"...
does this come with adapter for a 2" hitch
This is designed specifically for a 2"hitch, so if that is what your vehicle has, you won't need any special adapter.
Will the Thule 957 Parkway bike rack fit...
Will the Thule 957 Parkway bike rack fit on a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport?
can i get double hitch to get more height...
can i get double hitch to get more height on my thule bike rack, g35 auto, need to take off front wheels on bike for road clearance
I need a rack for my 2008 F350, I'm tired...
I need a rack for my 2008 F350, I'm tired of throwing the bikes in the bed and watching them get beat up. Will this rack fold down out of the way for the tailgate?
It folds down, but may not fold down enough for a tailgate to drop.
I want to use the this Thule 956 to carry...
I want to use the this Thule 956 to carry my recumbent tadpole trike vertically on the rack.
Can you please tell me the height of the carrier, from the hitch to the carrier bars?
I have a jeep JK Wrangler with the Rubicon...
I have a jeep JK Wrangler with the Rubicon BFG/MT 32'' spare tire. WIll this rack clear my spare tire?
The rack 'should' work just fine. This rack will give you 9.5" of clearance from the pin on the receiver to the rack. Follow this link for more details:
or if you can't find on that will fit, the Thule Spare Me would be another option:
It turned out to not work with the 32'' BFG MT's. An extender will be required but then I will lose more departure angle.
I had a problem with a Jeep Liberty with an oversized tire and also had to get a hitch extender.
It will work with an extender, but even with my 14" i still can't fully open the tailgate and I had to shave off some of the plastic/rubber around the glass to allow that to open past the tire.
Item #THU0175 Thule Hitch Bicycle Carrier...
Item #THU0175 Thule Hitch Bicycle Carrier - 4 Bike - Does it fit a standard 2" hitch receiver?
Do the racks arms fold down when bikes are...
Do the racks arms fold down when bikes are not being carried?
doesn't look like it. It looks like it folds down out of the way so you can get in to the back of your vehicle, but does not fold up. Check this link out, it has a whole video on this rack that may give you some answers.http://www.etrailer.com/tv-demo-thule-4-bike-carrier-TH956.aspx
nope, you gonna replace one bolt with a pin, if you like it to fold.
does this rack fit all bikes?
does this rack fit all bikes?
nope, you will have to buy a adapter for some odd shape bike
nope, you will have to buy a adapter for some odd shape bike