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28 Jul

SportRack (A1152) 3x Bike Carrier Rack Trunk Mount

SportRack Euro Trio Bike Rack

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After I got a car I stopped biking. So it’s been about 10 years since I last rode a bike. In my younger days, I use to bike to school/work/for fun/etc. I recently had an itching to start biking again however, I’m no longer a young whipper snapper and don’t really feel like biking the whole distance to my destination. I figure I’d drive there and then bike the rest of the way. Hence, the need for a bike rack for my Yaris hatchback.

My car didn’t have a hitch so a hitch rack is out of the question. I also didn’t want a roof mounted rack so I’m basically left with the option for rear mounted trunk racks.

Canadian Tire had a number of trunk mounted racks by SportRack. The A1152 was actually the cheapest at $49.99. On the box it claims to fit most 3, 4, 5 door sedans and hatchbacks. I was a bit worried it wouldn’t fit my car since it showed the rack attached to a sedan and not a hatchback. I figure, I’d take the chance, and if it didn’t fit, I could somehow return it. It fit perfectly.

The rack comes pre-assembled. You just have to pull it out of the box and adjust 2 knobs make it fit your car. There were 6 straps with metal tabs that hook on to the hatchback door. Do the top 2, then sides and finally the bottom straps. Make a knot at the end of the buckle so the straps don’t loosen up during transport. Play around with how you wanted the rack to mount. I originally mounted it too high. Instead, I moved it down so the bottom of the rack touches the top of my car bumper.

I’ve only tested it hauling 2 bikes even though it can do up to 3. So far everything is great. I can still see out the back. My bike doesn’t have your usual frame but it still fit well. SportRack also sells these bike adapters for people with really weird full suspension bikes… you know the Y-Frames or others. Since these frames don’t have a hole for the 2 rack arms attach to. The adapters themselves are $45.

Well pictures speak a thousand words so check out the pics and see if this rack would be suitable for your car and bike. For $50, it can’t be beat.

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