I have a family of 5, with young children, but my oldest son rides with me, and I am anticipating at some point all 5 of us will ride together. I am looking for a solution to easily transport up to 5 bicycles.
I had a Class 1 hitch installed on my Subaru Impreza. It has a 1-1/4" receiver. I saw that Walmart was selling an Allen 5-bike carrier for a great price ($99), and it had pretty good reviews on Amazon (4.5 stars). However, it is meant to fit a 2" receiver. So, I purchased this bike rack, and a 1-1/4" to 2" adapter.
Well, I completed the installation, and I find that there is a fair amount of wobble in the connection between the adapter and the car's hitch receiver. There isn't really any movement between the bike rack and the adapter.
So my questions, if you would be so kind to chime in, are:
1) Is this a safe assembly? Is the inclusion of the adapter between the 2" bike rack and the 1-1/4" receiver safe, and legal?
2) Should I be experiencing this wobbling? Do you have a suggestion how to eliminate it or minimize it?
3) There are 4-bike racks out there that are designed to fit a 1-1/4" hitch. Should I instead consider purchasing one of these? I would imagine it might be a little safer, as the bikes would be closer to the car. But would I experience less wobble with this solution? And yes, one downside is that I would only be able to carry 4 bikes when at some point I may wish to transport 5.
4) What other suggestions would you have?
Thanks in advance for your help...