We have been enjoying our Step Thru E Bikes just riding around town. We bought folding e bikes because we thought they would fit in our SUV. However, we added cargo baskets to the bikes. Consequently, they do not fold properly. So, we bought a bike rack that would fit on our SUV. We needed it for our RV anyway. This meant that the next senior adventure for us would be a Hollywood Sport Rider E Bike Rack build. Thanks for joining us on this adventure.
Hollywood Sport Rider E Bike Rack Instructions
The first step in this build was to look over the instructions. As we looked through the booklet, we weren’t at all sure that we could build the rack as quickly as we needed it. We were heading out for a family gathering hoping to take the e bikes with us. We had two days for the build. This was going to be an adventure. However, we felt that two senior adults should be able to hand assembling a simple bike rake.
We made sure all the parts and provided tools were there. We laid all the parts out as we found them listed on each page. The logical thing was to go page by page and image by image.
Assembly Should Have Been Easy
Following the instructions, we began by assembling the part of the rack which attached to the receiver of the car. Once we located the right bolts, lock washers and nuts, things went together pretty well. We added the bottom brackets and the center post. They would hold the bikes up straight. After that the stabilizing hooks were added. These kept the bikes from shaking when driving. Of course, there was time for redoing things when the wrong bolt was used or the part put on upside down. As I mentioned, we felt that two senior adults should be able to assemble a simple bike rack.
We put the tire rests on upside down which meant that the locking, hold-down straps were on the wrong side of the rack. So, we took those off and turned them over. Assembly took about an 2 hours. I figure we put every part on at least twice.
Things Not on the Rack
Once the Hollywood Sport Rider E Bike Rack was together, there were two things that needed to be tested. They were not part of the rack. However, the rack could not be used without them.
Both of our e bikes were “step through” models. Years ago, they were called “girls bikes.” We bought this model because one of us was used to a step through and the other of us wasn’t confident about climbing onto a regular bike without fall over. The stabilizing hooks of the bike rack could not be used without a center bar adapter to hook onto. We had purchased one of these for each bike so we tried them out.
The bar adapter went between the front fork and the seat post to create a solid place to hook the stabilizing bars. At first, it was a bit difficult to get the bars off and on the bikes, but we got it. With these bars, we were going to be able to carry 2 e bikes on the rack.
We also needed to make sure that the entire Hollywood Sport Rider E Bike rack was not stolen off our vehicle. This was true whether or not bikes were on the rack. We had ordered a receiver lock with our bikes. We installed that to see how steady the whole assembly seemed. A pin went through the bike rack tongue and then through the vehicle receiver. A lock was attached to that pin. Any pin lock would work, but ours was made for that Hollywood Rack.
In addition, we needed to lock the bikes to the rack. Although the stabilizing hooks locked over the center bar another lock through the wheels seem appropriate. So, we also installed a 10ft. long, steel, cable lock which could wrap around the rack and all 4 bike wheels.
Of course, the stabilizing hooks and the cable lock could be cut if a thief had the right tools and a bit of time. We had decided to have these three locks as a deterrent and for our peace of mind.
Our two hour session of assembling the bike rack was over. We had read the instructions. Then, we assembled the rack piece by piece. Through the process, we disassembled and reassembled the rack piece by piece. As well, we had added the few extras we felt were necessary. We were finally done and could put a bike on the rack.
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