One of Amazon.com’s best features is each item’s review section. For almost any product, you can visit Amazon.com and check out the public’s opinion of it. Pretty cool. But there’s something a little weird about the people who write the reviews.
If you visit a product page at Amazon and scroll down to the review section, you’ll notice a link that says, “See all my reviews” next to the person’s username who wrote the review. Generally, each user only has a review or two. But every so often, you’ll see someone who has written hundreds of them. I always wonder why they do this. It’s a free gift to Amazon and this content can easily be monetized through a blog. Why are they writing on someone else’s website? I guess the entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t easily flow through all of us.
To my post. I just opened the garage door and was greeted by my new bike rack. In an earlier post, I mentioned that we have been walking/biking at the local rail trail. The one time we went biking, I had to load both big, heavy mountain bikes into the back of my car. This wasn’t fun. Bikes are cumbersome to say the least. Two bikes on top of one another are extremely cumbersome. I decided to buy a bike rack.
I visited Amazon.com and searched for “bike rack.” I liked the first one that came up. It’s called the “Allen Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack” and I believe I paid $84.54 for it. I got super saver free shipping because I bought some other stuff I’ll write about later.
I was eager to see what this little piece of equipment would look like on the back of my car, so I quickly opened the box and set it up. It took about five minutes. I have to say, it’s heavy, strong and very well made. The only thing that I wish was different was the bolt that holds the rack to the hitch. It’s a “no-wobble” bolt and it needs to be attached with two 3/4″ wrenches. Not a big deal if you are as relaxed as you should be, but I wish you could just use a regular (or locking) trailer hitch pin. I have a locking one and it would make me feel a little better if I was on vacation and had to park the car overnight.
Anyway, I wanted to take lots of pictures for anyone who might be interested in this bike rack. I haven’t placed the bikes on it yet because they are hanging from the ceiling. When I get them down for our next ride, I take some pics and you’ll get the full deal.