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  • Sleek aero design improves ground clearance and increases distance between bikes for protection
  • Tilt-down design with Hitch Switch™ quick-release lever allows arms to fold down when not in use and tilts carrier away from vehicle for fast rear vehicle access
  • Hold Fast Cradles™ are shaped to cushion bike frames and feature Thermal Plastic Elastomer road damping pads that absorb road forces and vibration to protect bikes
  • Anti-Sway Cages with integrated soft-touch TPE strips protect bike frame finishes and prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact; reinforced rubber cradle straps
  • Thule Helium Aero accommodates both 2 in. and 1.25 in. receiver hitches with included hitch adapter
  • Integrated locking cable and AutoAttach lock knob lock the bike to carrier and carrier to vehicle; bike cable stores in rack's support arms
  • Easy mounting of hitch rack requires no tools; push rack into receiver until auto-pin engages, tighten knob and lock the hood of the housing
  • Not intended for tandem or recumbent bikes; carrying bikes with step-through frames requires the purchase of an adapter (sold separately)

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Best Use Cycling
Number of Bikes 3
Hitch Receiver (in.) 1.25 and 2, 2, 1.25
Rear Liftgate Access Yes
Weight 19 pounds
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This really is a nice product. Its easy to install. Its lightweight (compared to other types of bike racks). My back doesn't like heavy things and I can manage this with no problem. I've only put 2 bikes on my 3 bike rack but there is plenty of room for the third. The unit is very stable. It comes complete right out of the box. I use a chain and/or u-lock if I leave bikes on the rack when parked. I've used this on my Jetta, Taurus and a Tacoma. Works great. I love that you can throw it in the trunk if you aren't using it. It folds up nice and the tilt feature is a blessing in disguise. Its priced a little higher than other racks but I think its worth it. I have zero regret.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thule Helium Aero 3 Bike Hitch Rack This rack was easy to assemble. It fit right in my brand new Uhaul 1 1/4 hitch that was 48 hours old. My a Novara Big Buzz mounted right on. First problem, even though the bike was properly secured the bike would bounce like a basket ball while driving on main hiways and the Interstate. Second Problem, The Stingner mount would not adjust resulting in the mount getting stuck in the receiver. The adjustment knob would not move up or down. I did with some luck was able to disassemble the adjustment knob. Inside there is nut with a star adjuster. I had to turn the nut up two threads to get the spacer bar to flaten enough to remove the rack from My hitch receiver. . Tip before mounting for the first time make sure the adjustment knob will move the spring up and down freely. Use some kind of silicon lube, or WD40 on the Stinger and the receiver.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for fat tire bikes I've been using this rack for about a month for my two fat tire bikes. It's a great rack--light, easy to install, easy to secure bikes and hitch--but isn't meant for fat bikes. The bikes (with frame adapters) slide off of the mounts and the mounts slide up and down the bike rack's frame. The pivot mounts (for acclaimed sway protection) literally pop right off while you're driving. This rack could very well be great for road bikes, I haven't tried, but if you've got a fatty, or plan on getting one, this isn't the rack for you.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not easy to use and unsafe I like this rack because it's relatively light and easy to store (I don't want to keep it on my car all the time), and it tips down easily, locks to the car, has a built in lock for the bikes, is super easy to take on and off.... I thought I was going to love it. But on the maiden voyage someone honked as they passed us on the freeway and pointed to our bike rack: on of the bikes had come off of one of the attachment cradles. We had really secured the bikes on there and had used the separate webbing strap that came with it, so all was fine, but man that was scary. After that they did stay on for the rest of the trip but the cradles did shift on the arms and make the bikes caddywompus. Another thing that is a reason it's going back to the store is that we have smaller bikes (we're both 5'5") and it's a real challenge to get them over the fork-arm things. It's a tight fit where you have to hold the bikes at miraculous angles and push really hard to get them over the cradle things. So lots of things I like about the product but two big things I didn't like.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Bike Carrier Product went together in less than 10 minutes. Attached to vehicle hitch receiver in less than one minute. Bicycles go on or off in less than one minute each. Bike carrier can be removed from vehicle in less than one minute. Bikes seem sturdy while mounted but I have not taken any long trips yet.
Date published: 2013-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight and easy to use. I bought this rack to fit on a hitch of a car, not a truck or SUV. It has more clearance than my old Yakima so I don't bottom out on driveways with the bikes and a loaded car. It is also incredibly lightweight and was super easy to install out of the box (took about 20 minutes first time). The bikes are stable and we can easily fit 2 hybrid bikes on the 3 bike rack.
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very high quality I like how it locks to the vehicle and also the security cable that locks the bikes on the rack. It lessens the worry when we park and ride the rails to trails.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bike Rack - Nice I wanted a bike rack that I needed to only haul 2 or 3 bikes. This is a very light, yet very well built bike rack and I am impressed with it.
Date published: 2013-07-25
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Hi, I have a Honda Civic 2012 and I am interested in finding a bike hitch/rack to transport 3 bikes. What do I look for to be sure my car has the ability to accommodate the Tule Helium Aero 3 Bike Hitch Rack? Nicole

Asked by: antigravitybug
If your 2012 Accord has a 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitch, the Helium Aero 3 will fit your vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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