Thule Parkway 4 Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack Review

The Thule Parkway 4-Bike hitch mount bike rack is able to transport up to four bicycles in a secure manner by utilizing a hitch mount rack that is both simple and well constructed.
This rack can be mounted quickly and easily by simply sliding it into the hitch receiver. This makes transporting your bicycles to the trailhead a breeze and eliminates any potential obstacles.

All of the bike frames are fastened to the rack in a protected manner thanks to the fact that the Parkway comes equipped with Thule’s highly rated classic cradles, which are designed to offer protection.

This design is capable of holding any type of bicycle, and it does not require an adapter that fits over the top tube of the bike. This is made possible by the twin arm design of the carrier, which allows it to fit a diverse selection of bike frames.

Tie-down soft rubberized straps are used to hold the frame in place in the cradles, and the cradles themselves rotate and slide to achieve optimal alignment of the bike on the carry arms.

The Parkway has the capacity to transport up to four bicycles weighing a combined maximum of 140 pounds, which is approximately 63 kilograms. There is a choice between two and four bike hitch racks with this.

This durable and high-quality bike rack may be purchased in two different models: the 956 (suitable for 2 inch receivers) and the 957 (suitable for use with 11/4 inch receivers alone).

It is a relatively simple process to load and unload bicycles using the carry arms located at the rear of the truck.

Because they are firmly secured in place with the aid of the pliable rubberized cradles, the bicycle frames are guarded against swaying and scratching at all times.

It is possible to tilt the rack away from the body of the vehicle, which enables convenient access to the back cargo compartment through either the trunk or the tailgate of the vehicle.

This product comes with a limited lifetime warranty from Thule, however it can only be used by the original purchaser. Thule does not allow the warranty to be transferred.

This rack has an additional fee for the 2x locking system that it has. To begin, you have the option of purchasing a Thule STL2 Snug-Tite Lock One Key System Locking Hitch Pin. This pin secures the hitch bar within the hitch receiver as well as the bike rack to the car.

And second, you will need to purchase a locking cable that is sold separately in order to secure the bicycles to the rack. (Thule’s braided cable is only 6 feet long, whereas Saris’ braided cable is 8 feet long, and it costs less money; also, the additional length is advantageous.)

It is unfortunate that Thule does not offer these without charging an additional fee.

The following are some of the features of the Thule Parkway 4-Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack:

  • Dual arms for excellent fit and no need for top tube adapters (according to Thule – we think a cross-bar adaptor will improve the fitting if you have bikes without a horizontal top tube or a larger frame with a unique shape). Dual arms for excellent fit and no need for top tube adapters.
  • Protective soft pads made of rubber that are attached to the bike frame to increase both its safety and its stability.
  • Upgradeable with a Snug-Tite Lock, which allows the rack to be locked onto the receiver for an even higher level of protection (extra).
  • The ability to haul four bicycles
  • Robust steel-built rack.
  • There are two models available: the 956 is designed for a 2-inch receiver, and the 957 is designed for 11/4-inch receivers.
  • Cradles made of pliable rubberized material provide a secure attachment for bike frames.
  • To gain quick and easy access to the trunk, tilt the seat back.
  • A 2 bike variant is also available for sale.
  • Warranty from the Manufacturer, Limited to Lifetime Coverage

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