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Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Greg


Kuat Trio: A Three-Way Bike Rack For One

Bicyclists know that one of the most annoying parts of transit is finding a good way to carry your bike on your car. There are loads of different options, but many cars simply don’t offer a usable rear/trunk door that works well for holding your bike. Roof-mounted systems are a great solution, but often leave your bike elevated high enough to be tricky, with wind and balance issues, plus stress on the bike itself. They can be tough to install, and more than you need sometimes!

The Kuat Trio solves these issues with a nifty twist, ideal for longer-haul trips. A fork-mounted system, you simply remove your front tire, then use the prongs to fit just about any forks- included are triple mounts for 9, 15, & 20 mm. An integrated cable lock is one less thing to purchase and secures your bike (both frame and rear wheel), and you can simply throw your front wheel in your trunk. Attach the rear wheel strap for stability, and you’re all set.

Installing the rack is a bit tricky, and requires that your vehicle have a crossbar (any type will do just about, with a minimum spread of 19-5/8 and a maximum of 3.5 inches wide by 1.7” thick). This rack only accommodates a single bike, but up to 45 pounds, so even folks with heftier bikes don’t need to worry. The included hardware was enough for us, and it took about 20 minutes total, including a bit of time to change out the quick release knobs for our appropriate fork size- there are four bolts and a couple of nuts to worry about, so even someone who is afraid of a hammer can get it up in no time.

The Trio looks great, thanks gun metal powder coat finish. It’s lightweight too, built from aluminum, and held up to the inevitable scratches in our tests. We suggest installing it on the driver’s side, but it can also work on the passenger side as well. It does take a bit of time to get your bike unmounted, or back up on the rack, but the sliding wheel base is cute, and the rubber coating protects your bike well. The hardest part might be removing your wheel! Available now, for around $210, the Kuat Trio is a great way to get your bike on the move!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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