Can I pick up directly from North Shore Racks to avoid shipping?

Yes. We do local sales by appointment. Email us to arrange a time.

How do the racks attach to my vehicle?

All of our racks are hitch mounted.  You must have a 2” receiver hitch for the NSR-4 and NSR-6. The NSR-2 can be sold with either a 1 ¼” receiver or a 2” receiver hitch bar.

Can I use an adapter to use the NSR-4 or NSR-6 on a 1 ¼” hitch?

No.  The 1 ¼” hitches are simply not strong enough to safely support the load of more than 2 mountain bikes.  The adapters aggravate the issue by adding more leverage to the hitch.

Can I put road bikes onto the NSR racks?

No.  There isn’t enough room between the front tire and the fork crown of a road bike for the cradle device of our racks to fit.  We have seen people put road bikes on the racks by hooking the cradle through one fork blade, however this is not how the racks were intended to be used and we do not recommend doing so.

Can I use the NSR racks with kids bikes or bikes without front suspension?

For the most part yes.  As long as there is enough room between the front tire and the fork crown for the cradle device to fit.  The cradles are made from mild steel and can be bent a little if needed by the end user for a particularly tight fork. We have used the racks with 12” and 16” kids bikes.  These bikes are very short and require a bungee or something similar to secure the rear wheels to the lower double bar of the racks.

What kind of hitch do I need?

A 2” receiver hitch except for the NSR-2 which can be supplied with either a 1 ¼” or 2” receiver hitch bar.  The class of hitch required is difficult to specify as this often has more to do with the towing capacity of the vehicle than the strength of the hitch.  For example a given hitch may be capable of a class II or III rating, but be labeled class I because the vehicle it was sold for is only rated to tow 2000 lbs.  We recommend you check with the hitch manufacturer.

How much do the racks weigh?

NSR-2 is about 40 lbs, the NSR-4 is about 52 lbs, and the NSR-6 is about 74 lbs.

Do you offer industry discounts or pro-deals?

No. We do our best to keep our prices as low as we can for everyone.

Do you sell through retail stores or bike shops?

No we only sell directly through our website.  All of the manufacturing is done locally and in relatively small batches so we can keep the quality high.  As such we don’t have the cost structure to go through the normal retail channels.

Can I lock the rack to the vehicle?

Yes. All 2" receiver hitch models include a locking anti-rattle hitch pin. Note: lock may not work on some hitches, particularly late model Toyotas, as these hitches have an extra plate welded around the hitch pin hole. The anti-rattle pin will still work, just not the lock portion. 1 1/4" hitch models require a cable lock to lock the rack to the hitch (not included).