Don't fumble with inferior racks—the Parkway Hitch Bike Carrier gives you a rock-solid Thule rack without breaking the bank.
The Thule Parkway Hitch is a simple bike carrier that safely and conveniently transports up to four bikes. This bike rack hooks right into your vehicle's hitch to make getting your bicycles to the trailhead simple and worry-free. This bike rack features Thule's classic cradles, which secure and protect your bikes' frames. Thanks to the dual arm design, there is no need for top-tube adapters on certain bikes—this carrier holds 'em all. Thule included tie-down straps but encourages you to upgrade with the Zip Stick [part 950] for added bike stability and anti-sway. The four-bike Parkway Hitch Bike Carrier can transport up to 140lb (63.5kg).
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Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This was so simple to assemble and mount into the hitch. With the 4-bike carry and easy load, mountain biking is about the ride and any thoughts of transporting our bikes is left behind (with the hitch). Love the tilt feature. I had one without this for quite awhile and will never go back. Easy access to the rear compartment of my SUV is one pin-pull away. We often take the dog riding and this is so much nicer for him too!
hi i have a volkswagen tourage. will this...
hi i have a volkswagen tourage. will this rack work with it. or can you suggest others
Will the Thule Parkway 4Bike Rack carry...
Will the Thule Parkway 4Bike Rack carry cruiser type bikes without an adapter? Need to carry at least two ladies' coaster bikes and one youth bike.
Unfortunately you will need the adapter for anything that does not have a horizontal top tube. You can find the adapter here on our site at:
does this come with adapter for a 2"...
does this come with adapter for a 2" hitch
This is designed specifically for a 2"hitch, so if that is what your vehicle has, you won't need any special adapter.
Thule Vertex Bike Rack - 4 Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is well made and easy to use.
It fit my 2006 Honda CRV with enough room to get past the spare tire hanging off the back. I did not need a hitch extension.
I had to replace the top 5/8 bolt with a 5/8 pin to allow the arms to fold when not loaded with bikes.
Good basic bike rack
Good sturdy rack, a little challenging to get 4 bikes on especially kids bike with smaller frames but doable. Wish the rack came with a pin instead of bolt at top so it was possible to fold down rack part that holds bikes when not in use.
Will the Thule 957 Parkway bike rack fit...
Will the Thule 957 Parkway bike rack fit on a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport?
Sturdy, gets 'er done
Very nice construction, seems sturdy enough for 4 bikes, just be careful going over rough bumps...
My main gripe is that it doesn't rotate down when you're not using it - not a huge deal I guess, but it seems like all other racks (including Thule's) rotate down and out of the way when you don't feel like driving with 5' poles behind you...
can i get double hitch to get more height...
can i get double hitch to get more height on my thule bike rack, g35 auto, need to take off front wheels on bike for road clearance
The Rack Rocks
This rack rocks.
I need a rack for my 2008 F350, I'm tired...
I need a rack for my 2008 F350, I'm tired of throwing the bikes in the bed and watching them get beat up. Will this rack fold down out of the way for the tailgate?
It folds down, but may not fold down enough for a tailgate to drop.
Decent Rack, Good Price
This is the first and only hitch rack I've had on my 4Runner, and there are definitely plenty of reasons to like it. It was a cinch to setup, it's always been stable, it leans away from the vehicle with ease, and it was relatively cheap for a 4-bike rack. That said, I'm not totally happy with the carrying style. The cradles are fine, and can rotate as needed, but it can be difficult finagling certain frames, especially full suspensions, onto the rack. Also, I know the carrier arm can't extend 12 feet off the back of the vehicle, but it'd be quite the feat to get 4 bikes on this rack. I've only carried three at once on this rack, and it wasn't easy getting them on and off. Overall, not a bad buy for the price, but it works best only carrying two bikes at a time.
I want to use the this Thule 956 to carry...
I want to use the this Thule 956 to carry my recumbent tadpole trike vertically on the rack.
Can you please tell me the height of the carrier, from the hitch to the carrier bars?
Due to my massive spare tire this is what I needed so the Thule would fit. (32'' BFG MT's)
Fold down (need to buy extra pin)
If you want your arms to fold down you will need to replace the provided bolt with a pin. Easy solution. The arms will even lock in place up or down with the pin.
This is my Parkway with a 12'' hitch extender. The Thule Parkway has a place to secure a cable around and then the other end around your hitch plate.
Parkway with extender hitch
Great for the Price
Despite problems, it's great for the price and free shipping!
My vehicle is a 09 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited X with the Rubicon Wheel and Tire package and hard top. This rack did not have a long enough receiver tube to clear my 32'' BFG MT spare tire. I will need an extender tube but then my departure angle will suffer and I worry that my rack may hit the ground on uneven terrain.
Other issues include not being able to open my gate or glass even when you pull the pin to lower the rack. It's still not enough to let the glass flip up past my tail gate. When the hardtop is off this may not be an issue.
Also, the rack does not secure to your hitch with a pin. The hole is small and threaded. Very poor design, you will need to get a longer bolt. Also, the "arms" of the rack do not fold down. This is another modification you will have to do. Additionally, the rubber straps to hold the bike seem to fall off often.
I have a jeep JK Wrangler with the Rubicon...
I have a jeep JK Wrangler with the Rubicon BFG/MT 32'' spare tire. WIll this rack clear my spare tire?
The rack 'should' work just fine. This rack will give you 9.5" of clearance from the pin on the receiver to the rack. Follow this link for more details:
or if you can't find on that will fit, the Thule Spare Me would be another option:
It turned out to not work with the 32'' BFG MT's. An extender will be required but then I will lose more departure angle.
I had a problem with a Jeep Liberty with an oversized tire and also had to get a hitch extender.
It will work with an extender, but even with my 14" i still can't fully open the tailgate and I had to shave off some of the plastic/rubber around the glass to allow that to open past the tire.
It does the job.
If you have a standard shaped road or mt. bike you will be good to go. I would recommend replacing the top pin so that it folds down. It holds the bikes on well and does not scratch them up.