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Thule T2 916 XTR Vs. Yakima Holdup Which One Earns a Spot On Your Hitch

Thule T2 916 XTR Vs. Yakima Holdup

This is a battle of the big dogs in the hitch mount bike rack market. Thule and Yakima are the largest companies in the rack market. Be that for bikes, kayaks, boats you name it, they are even starting to make lumber and ladder racks for homeowners and contractors. Both of these companies are at the top of their game and put out really great products and the Thule T2 916 XTR and the Yakima Holdup 2 are no exception. Which ever rack you choose rest assured it will be well made. These racks are both tray style racks meaning that your tires sit in a tray and hold up the bike. I love this feature, no more removing a tire to put it on the rack. I also much prefer the tray style rack to  the beam type of bike rack where a beam holds your bike by the top frame tube. Mainly due to the beam style getting too crowded on the beam and the bikes coming into contact with each other or even your vehicle. Who hasn’t seen that SUV or truck rolling down the freeway with that telltale spinning tire rub mark on the back tailgate, where a spinning tire slowly ate away the paint. Not to mention some say carbon bikes can get damaged by that type of bike rack however I have not seen this to be the case.

Thule T2 916 XTR

The Thule T2 916 XTR is a tray style  2 bike hitch mount bike rack. If you want to carry four bikes your can get the Thule 918XTR T2 2 Bike Add On Hitch Rack to extend your rack to carry up to four bikes.  I like this type of system where if you add more bikes you Thule T2 916 XTRsimply buy an addition to your regular bike rack and you don’t have to buy a whole new one. It has a Secure Hook that latches over your bikes tire to secure the bike to the rack. That way there is no rack touching your bike frame. In the past the Secure Hook was the only way your bike was secured to the rack and some people said you could simply deflate the tire and remove the bike from the rack. This has been alleviated by the addition of cable locks to go around the frame of the bicycle which solved this problem. Some of the things I really like about this rack are that it is very sturdy. This thing is a tank. It actually weighs 56 lbs out of the box so while this helps in how sturdy it feels you also feel it when you want to put it on or take it off your hitch. I also like the fact that when you put your bikes on it they stay where you put them. There is no movement and they don’t crash into each other with bumps in the road nor are there any spinning wheels to leave that telltale mark on the back of your car from the wheel spinning and cutting into the paint. The bike trays themselves are adjustable forward and back so if you put two bikes on the rack and they are touching pedals or the handlebar is on the seat post simply adjust one or both of the racks and voila they are no touching anymore. This is so great.  Another great thing about the T2 XTR is that it’s simple to put together and it comes with its own locking cables. Get it out-of-the-way. When you are not using the T2 XTR it simply folds up tight against your vehicle. Actually this is one of the best racks in this department it sucks up pretty tight to your vehicle when it is in the up position.

Yakima Holdup

The Yakima Holdup is a tray style 2 bike rack which uses a pivot arm to grasp the tire of your bike to hold it securely to your bike rack without touching your bike frame. If you want to hold up to 4 bikes you can get the Yakima Holdup Plus 2 Add ON. This will extend your rack to a rack bike rack. Both of these racks do this very well they will hold pretty much any bike from 20 inch wheeled bmx bikYakima Holdupes all the way up to 29 inch mountain bikes. The Holdup is a big bike rack  it weighs 49 lbs. without any bikes on it. That is a lot but 7 lbs lighter than the Thule T2 XTR which is not that much of a difference but if you are someone who puts your rack on and off your vehicle  very often this could mean a lot to you.  The Holdup 2 comes with cable locks to securely lock your bikes to the rack but as with most bike rack cables they are  pretty small so if you want to really be secure you need to put something better on. I like this rack as well because it has the adjustable racks to keep your bikes separate. How did we all get along for so long smashing our bikes together on those beam style racks and letting the tires and cranks spin into the other bikes. These racks are such better options. The Yakima rack assembles fast and loads bikes fast and I it even comes with a bottle opener what more could you ask for.

Which Rack to Put On Your Hitch

The Verdict

As you can tell I really like both of these racks. Simply because they are both very good racks that do the job pretty similarly and very well. But for my money I would buy the Thule T2 916XTR I like the fact that it’s built like a beast even though to me it’s a negative that it’s heavier. It just seems more well-built to me, and the bikes just don’t move around as much as they do on the Yakima Holdup and at the end of the day to me that is the true test.  But I wish the Thule came with the bottle opener because I mean you can never find one at the end of a ride. Either way if you end up withe either one of these racks you will be very happy and wonder why you didn’t upgrade to a big boy rack sooner.

 

Pressure Washer Reviews

Pressure Washer ReSimpson MSH3125-S MegaShot 3100 PSI 2.5 GPM Pressure Washerviews

I will be reviewing the top of the line models of both Gas and Electric Pressure Washers as well as helping you decide when you might need a gas model or and electric model. Because why spend more than you have to unless you really need it? So if you are looking for a pressure washer, be it to get those stubborn oil stains out of the driveway during spring cleaning,or make that old deck look brand new again, or to simply get all the moss off the stairs and the walls I will help you choose the right pressure washer for the job.

Gas Or Electric Pressure Washers

When choosing a pressure washer Gas or electric is really a big decision. There are a lot of trade offs based on this decision to go gas or electric in your pressure washer buying decision. Everything from size, weight how much pressure the machine puts out to how much it costs is determined by whether or not it is gas or electric-powered. Not to say that the gas machine is always more expensive or more powerful. But that is generally the case with pressure washers.

Electric Pressure Washers

The benefits of an electric pressure washer are several. For one they definitely cost less than a gas pressure washer you can get a quality electric pressure washer in the $100.00 and up range. Which is really a great deal. An electric pressure washer does not put out as much pressure as your typical gKarcher X Series Electric Pressure Washeras pressure washer. An electric pressure washer will usually be a smaller machine. Typically an electric pressure washer runs in the 1900 to 2000 psi  and uses about 1.4 to 1.5 GPM. What do those fancy acronyms mean? Well, PSI means pounds per square inch. and GPM means gallons of water per minute. Not only all of that but typically an electric pressure washer will take up a whole lot less space in your garage when you are not using it. But if you look at the list below as you can see you will find more and more things to pull it out and clean with it. Simply because a pressure washer does the job so well in so little time. One of the downsides of electric pressure washers is you are dependant on electric cords so you either need a dedicated plug which doesn’t matter if you are around the house or you need a good generator. Another benefit of electric pressure washers is they are very quiet compared to gas machines. This is a definite benefit.

What Can You Clean With An Electric Pressure Washer

  • Garage and Driveways
  • Patios and Decks
  • House siding
  • Fences
  • Outdoor Furniture at the end of Summer before you put it away for winter

Gas Powered Pressure Washers

Gas Pressure Washers are built for big jobs. These machines put out a lot of pressure. I am talking about 2700 to 3200 plus psi running 2.5 gpm. That is a lot of power. Gas  pressure washer typically cost a little more than electric models but they will give you more power for the price. So that same large deck that you had to go over twice with the electric pressure washer. Now, you can just do it once, with the gas-powered pressure washer. How is that for time savings. Not to mention that there are no electrical cords to worry about with these machines.

What Can You Clean With A Gas Powered Pressure WasherGenerac 6020/5987 2500 psi 2.3 gpm residential gas powered pressure washer

  • Oil and Grease From Your Driveway
  • Large Decks and Patios
  • Outbuildings
  • Graffiti Removal

As you can see a gas pressure washer can do most of the things an electric pressure washer can. It just does it without cords and with a lot more power. About the more power in some situations you need to be careful of that power and use the wide-angle tips. After all the straight tip on some gas pressure washers will etch metal. Another downside of gas pressure washers is the sound. They are noisy. So if you do get one of these machines make sure to get some hearing protection I recommend this pair ear muffs. Also think of your neighbors so don’t use one of these machines early in the mornings or late at night it’s just the neighborly thing to do.