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Hollywood Racks Hollywood Express 3 bike with hubs and 6 straps
The Express 3 is an economical three bike trunk rack. Fits most vehicles with easy-to-use adjustment hubs and six attachment straps. Soft rubber bike cradles help protect bikes finish. Comes fully pre-assembled and Folds flat for easy storage. Specifications Carries up to three bikes Soft rubber cradles protects bikes finish Fits most vehicles Easy-to-use adjustment hubs Six attachment straps for secure fitting Comes fully pre-assembled Folds flat for easy storage Integrated tie-down strap for extra security Warranty Limited lifetime warranty Product Instructions Fit Guide
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342 of 345 found the following review helpful:
Ok for short distances - not good for long tripsJul 16, 2008
By G. Smith
I too did my homework as for reviews comparing this bicycle rack with others offered on Amazon. I chose this one partially because of the reviews plus it was available directly through Amazon and the price was reasonable. I found that this rack was extremely well made and easy to attach to my 1996 Honda Accord. I could also tell that it would be able to fit many cars because of the way it was designed. I also liked this one because of the fact it has two additional hold down straps which attach to the sides of the rear trunk. There is a weak link in this product though. It is the quality of the tightening fasteners on the hold down straps. I loaded up three 26" bikes on the rack, which was a bit of a challenge, but did work well once you get the hang of it. I re-tightened all the straps as instructed in the directions before driving off and felt confident I did a good job. My vacation trip was only 150 miles away and I just happened to stop after about 50 miles to check how the bikes were doing. I found that the straps had loosened up and the rack was not secure. I tightened the straps up again and rechecked in another 50 miles to find the same result. If I hadn't stopped from time to time to check, I wonder what the result would have been. So, because the rack is built so well and is easy enough to use, I gave it three stars rather than less because I feel this rack would work great for short trips. However for longer trips, I definitely would not recommend this rack. It's really a shame they didn't come up with a more efficient strap fastener. I am returning this rack today and will try another brand with a close eye on the type of strap fastener used. Advice to you....no matter what brand you purchase, for long trips be sure to double check how secure your rack is from time to time....Hope this helps.
202 of 211 found the following review helpful:
Works great.Apr 01, 2009
By James Jonas
Fits nicely on my Nissan Versa. Make sure you check the vehicle fit list before purchasing: http://www.hollywoodracks.com/supp-vehicle-fit.htm
89 of 92 found the following review helpful:
great rack for the priceApr 15, 2008
By Jono VK
I needed a bike rack to transport my bike 1000 miles. I traveled through rain and snow and wind and the bike stayed put. The rack did not vibrate or shake. The bike stayed secure for the entire trip and the vehicle is undamaged in any way. I would buy one of these racks again.
36 of 36 found the following review helpful:
Well built, but can carry two bikes at the mostJan 26, 2009
By Sudarshan Karkada
- Well made, looks and feels strong
- Fits very well on Hyundai Sonata
- Easy to setup and remove
- Handled one 40-pound mountain bike and a child's bike (~20 lb) very well.
- I can't imagine how anyone can fit 3 bikes on this. There is just not enough room. May be if we remove pedals from the bikes.
- Didn't stay intact with two heavy (35 - 40 lb) mountain bikes. Holding clamps kept moving. We had to stop and readjust 3 times during a 30-mile trip.
If your bikes are lightweight, you will be fine with this product. If you are thinking of carrying 3 heavy moutain bikes, just forget about it. You may be able to fit 3 bikes only if they are in such away that their handles and peddles don't hit each other.
The product is not so bad to warrant a return. However, its weight capacity is not mentioned anywhere and it would be very hard to carry 3 normal bikes. Hence, 3-star rating.
It was very windy when we tried to transport two light road bikes and this carrier couldn't handle the second bike! This is unbelievable. We had to stop 2 times on the highway to remount the second bike. The bike just came off the carrier and was dangling by the belt - both the times. It was scary. In all that commotion, I lost the (expensive) blinker from the other bike! It appears like this rack can handle just one bike under adverse conditions and can carry two in ideal conditions.
33 of 34 found the following review helpful:
OK with 3 bikesAug 26, 2009
I know many of the reviews recommend the Express rack for only 2 bikes, I just thought I'd mention that I had no problem using it with 3 bikes: a 26" Trek mountain bike and two 24" Trek mountain bikes. I did not have to remove pedals. My car is a Kia Sedona minivan. The bikes did not come close to bumping against the car and the straps did not come loose on a 2-hour trip nor on the return. I was impressed with the solid build quality and the metal buckles.
A potential downside is that the racks are a bit far apart. For both of the smaller bikes I put one rack through the frame near the seat and had to rest the bike frame on top of the other rack. I'm also not sure how long the rubber belts will last, though I guess you can eventually replace them with short nylon belts.
Here are a few tips:
If you're worried about the straps coming loose you can knot the strap over the buckle -- that's what I did.
Make sure to use the extra safety strap.
There are 6 U-shaped pieces for resting the bike frames in. You can rotate these sideways to make it easier to slide the bike onto the rack. You can also slide them on the rack to change the spacing between bikes.
Before you attach the bikes to the rack, find the best position for the the bike pedals so they fit through the adjacent bike's spokes and don't interfere with the adjacent bike's frame.
After you've loaded the bikes on, get someone to lift the back of the rack to take the weight off while you tighten the top straps one last time.
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