Thule Helium Lightweight Bike Rack

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BIKERUMOR.com 2009 SEA OTTER CLASSIC COVERAGE: Thule showed off their new Helium lightweight hitch mount bike racks in both 2- and 3-bike versions.

Made of aluminum, they’re considerably lighter than comparable models made of steel, but also more expensive.  They range from $329 to $379.  Weight is only 22lbs for the 2-bike carrier, though, and you get a lot of nifty features built in.

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From left to right:

  • Foot lever to lower the rack away from car for access to trunk or liftgate.
  • Integrated lock cable pulls out of body and left arm (shown engaged in top pic)
  • Arms fold down flush with body when bikes aren’t being transported.
  • knob on hitch piece twists to expand the a silver shim into receiver to keep the rack steady.

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