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Travelling With Your Bike? Take The Allen Foldable Compact Bike Carriers For The Rental Car

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When traveling routinely with a bike, there is a dilemma of how to carry the bike on a subcompact rental car. You could take the bike apart and try to wedge it in the back seat, or pay a large amount of cash to upgrade to a pickup truck. Allen Sports has come up with a nice simple solution with a foldable universal bike rack. Mounting similar to most trunk racks on the market, the racks have adjustable straps and pads, so they can fit on the back of most small cars and SUVs. The unique thing though is they are made from lightweight aluminum, and fold extremely compact, so you can bring it with you in your checked baggage.

Allen Sports’ Aluminum Compact Bike Trunk Carriers are made from 6061 alloy, fold up to be the smallest on the market, and include a carry bag. Allen has thought this idea through, and make it easy to bring the rack with you. The three pads spread the load out evenly, and along with rubber-coated hooks, keep the rental agency from being able to charge you for damage to the car. There are two versions, the AL01 which holds one bike, and the AL02 that holds two bikes. The AL01 comes in at just three pounds.

Most impressively, the AL01 sells for just $59.99. Being affordable and light, it seems like it would be perfect to simply add to your bike’s travel case. If you need to carry two bikes when you get to your destination, the AL02 sells for $119.99 and weighs 3.5lbs.

 

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Trendy
Trendy
8 years ago

Or… you can buy a Sea Sucker, which is smaller and lighter and you don’t have to mess with any straps.

AlanM
AlanM
8 years ago

@Trendy, all true statements, but a Sea Sucker is going to run you a lot more money. If it’s something you aren’t going to use very often, this will have a lot more value for people.

Ace
Ace
8 years ago

I want one!!

mudrock
mudrock
8 years ago

True, Seasucker has a travel rack that’s tiny (the Hornet), has only one security strap, that you really don’t need. But it’s $175.

One other thing: both this rack and the Seasucker are best used with hatchbacks, which aren’t that common in rental fleets.

speedraceratl
speedraceratl
8 years ago

I use the sea sucker talon when i travel. Well worth the money. I only use it a few times a year. I use it on sedans, suvs, any rental car giving to me. So the statement made by mudrock is inaccurate.

Derek
Derek
8 years ago

The sea sucker referred to by mudrock is the Hornet, which IS intended for hatchbacks, so his or her statement is accurate. The other Sea Sucker racks are much more expensive, and heavy.

AlanM
AlanM
8 years ago

@mudrock, I looked at the fit list for this rack and from a few glances I saw plenty of non-hatchbacks listed. So wrong about this rack and the Sea Sucker.

Aaron
Aaron
8 years ago

I have one of these for my wife’s car, so she doesn’t have to mount my huge Thule 9003 if I need to hitch a ride home. It’s small enough to keep under the front passenger seat, and does an acceptable job of carrying a lightweight bike. I wouldn’t travel the country with one, but it’s great in a pinch. Only complaint are the straps that don’t stay as tight as I’d like them to.

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