Bell Sports Inc. Stow-n-Go Quick Mount Bike Rack

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Bell Sports, Inc. Stow-n-Go Quick Mount

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[May 11, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Velcro securing straps seem more secure than methods used on higher end Saris and Thule racks.

Weakness:

Rubber brackets for bike slide around are not secured in a fixed position. The chainring on my Fisher has been bashing against the rack's frame. Chainring is ok, but rack frame is scratched up and dented and is now possibly compromised. Improved somewhat with additional bungees to secure the bike, at least my fork no longer hits my trunk.

Surprised its lasted this long. Cheap POS but it works. You get what you pay for. Would buy if on a budget and you aren't concered about your car's paint.

[May 29, 2003]
Todd
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None

Weakness:

The plastic clasps are weak! I went thru 2 carriers in a week! this is junk DONT BUY!

JUNK * 10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DONT BUY!

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none

[Aug 18, 2007]
chana kreutz

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none

Weakness:

product broke after using for about 2 hours

product broke while in use and my sons bike to fall off and get run over by a car. bike was purchased brand new on the same day.

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none

[Mar 04, 2004]
Christopher Kaufmann
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None except cheap.

Weakness:

The clips broke almost immediately. I have used it about eight times with one bike. Both clips are already broken. You do the math.

Unless you tie it on with slack from the straps, just forget this piece of &^$t. IT'S NOT WORTH THE $25 OR WHATEVER YOU MAY PAY FOR IT.

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[Dec 21, 2006]
Nick
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Cheap as it gets, surprisingly held up under use

Weakness:

Straps do not stay tight, no lateral support, rubber cradle eventually snaps

If you need to infrequently haul bikes short distances, then it probably works fine. It is nearly impossible to open the first time, thought mine was defective. It is scary on the highway, swaying and bouncing all over. However, to give it credit it did successfully transport two bikes on multiple 5-hour trips without incident (except for multiple stops to tighten the straps). After a couple of years the rubber cradles split, but that was after leaving it outside for a month. You get what you pay for, although I wonder if my new rack is really worth 3x more...

Similar Products Used:

Yakima Super Joe trunk mount

[Aug 01, 2006]
Brad Honeycutt
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Price. Easy to use.

Weakness:

Cheap material, poor design for strapping in bikes. Rubber mounts and velcro to hold your bike in.

The rubber mount that the velcro loops through broke after less than a month. It seems that the rubber was not very durable in the hot Arkansas summer. I was lucky that it broke while strapping my bike in and not while traveling down the road. The straps also seem to stretch each time I mounted my bike this made for very little contact between the two velcro strips. I will not buy this or any other product from this company again.

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[Apr 16, 2004]
Jamie
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap and easy to use. And I put $0.00 down cause my dad gave it to me. He didn't need it anymore. But it's like $25.00 at Wal~Mart.

Weakness:

Not very expensive looking.

Ok don't believe all the other crap below! This may not be the best rack in the world but it isn't very costly and it works! I can't understand how those other people's bikes fell off unless you didn't secure it very good. Here is how I use it. Put the bike on the rack and pull secure straps tightly around top tube, then as a safe measure use strap slack through the wheels and back around to the rack and tie it, then I used 2 bungee cords (1 kinda long but not too long and the other short), hook longer cord under your bumper up and around both top and bottom tube of bike then back under your bumper again and that will keep bike on rack and from swaying when you stop and go, then the short cord should go around your top tube and around the bar that sits on your trunk and connect the two hooks of the cord to eachother. You also might wanna use zip ties around the plastic straps that go around your top tube just for added safety, I use metal wire to tie mine down with. I do this everyday it is kind of a pain but it works and it doesn't cost $90 or more dollars. I drove my car really hard swerving and went about 70mph with it like this just for a test and I have had no problems at all!!! If you decide do use it like this make sure your bungee cords are stretched out almost all the way to insure a snug bike. If you want to see pictures of how I do it e-mail me and I will show you. Or if you want to waste your money on a expensive rack go right ahead.

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None

[Jun 16, 2000]
Sean
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Inexpensive. Fairly simple to setup. Folds and stores well.

Weakness:

This rack hates the laws of aerodynamics -- unstable, especially when driving over 35 mph. No way of keeping the car and the bike from colliding while driving.

Bell's one-rack-for-any-car approach is good in theory, but I bet they never really tested this product. It requires patience to install, an extra bit of strength to secure the mounting straps, and a good set of bungee cords to keep the bike mounted. If you're on a budget, like I am, and an expensive Yakima or Thule is out of the question, there are ways to work around the Stow-N-Go's limitations. If you value your car's paint job, do not attempt to use this bike rack for freeway or distance commutes. On the plus side, my bike hasn't suffered any real damage, and if secured in that "special way", the rack can be serviceable for surface street travel. Also, tying a towel or old t-shirt to the pedal seems to help protect the car in transit. But the bottom line is no rack, even a $50 rack, should require this much work.

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My friend's pickup truck.

[Apr 24, 2000]
Christy Carson
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Cheap and that's it!!!!!!

Weakness:

My fiance and I had just purchased new bikes and had them in layaway since February. We got them out on April 14 and bought one of the Bell Bike Racks. We had not gotten a chance to ride our bikes yet and took them home over Easter weekend to show our families and pick up a bike for a friend. We were driving home that Saturday night being very careful not to hit bumps etc when we heard a crash and immediately pulled over. The bike rack was still attached to the car but all three bikes were laying on the ground with mangled wheels and brake systems. Not to mention my new Plymouth Neon that I just purchased a few weeks ago now has several deep scratches on the bumper!!!!! The only thing that kept the bikes on were the extra cords we had attached to the rack. As for the rack, the straps had snapped and the strap buckles were broken in half. Also it took us over 40 minutes late at night to repack my car with three bikes! Trust me Bell Sports will be hearing from me!!!!!!!

The Bottom line is this product is cheap and you should use it with caution.

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First time buyer.

[Dec 21, 1999]
litespeeder
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Cheap

Weakness:

Fell off!

So I'm driving down the freeway in my wife's Sable (hence I'm unable to use the hitch rack or roof rack I normally use), when this stupid thing drops off the bumper. I had it on right, too. Somehow, the top straps held, so the only thing damaged was the bottom bar of the rack. I'll never know how neither bike was trashed. Pretty scary sight at 70 mph at night, seeing a roostertail of sparks behind you. Got it back on with many a rope and bungee to make sure it didn't happen again. About 20 miles later one of the hold-down straps on the rear bike came loose, so it was hanging straight back in the wind until I could stop. Made for a long trip. Buy one of these at your (and your bike's) peril.

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Performance hitch rack, all Yakima

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