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Hitch mount bike racks(6 posts)

Hitch mount bike racksCHRoadie
Apr 15, 2002 12:10 PM
I'm planning on purchasing a Yakima hitch mount bike rack, and I was wondering how people secure the front wheel so it doesn't flop around. The rack looks like it will hold the bike pretty steady (it's got the "Rattler" trays with the stability bar), but do you just wrap a bungie cord around the frame & front wheel to hold it in place? Thanks!
re: Hitch mount bike racksrideslikeagirl
Apr 15, 2002 12:37 PM
I use a really great strap that's specifically made for that use. It's got a pad for the downtube, loops around the wheel and velcro's to itself.

Had it so long, I can't remember where I got it. Love to get more, though.

Otherwise, a bungee cord works fine.
re: Hitch mount bike racksriney
Apr 15, 2002 12:42 PM
a short piece of webbing with one of those over-under strap holder things (dont know the techinical name for them) you find on back packs work well also. You can pick them up cheap at you local sporting goods or camping supply store
flopping front wheelTurtleherder
Apr 15, 2002 12:43 PM
I use a long velcro strap that I found in the eletrical aisle of the hardware store to wrap around the wheel and the down tube. The strap is kind nifty because it has a slot in one end so you thread the end through and pull it tight. They are made by the same company that makes wire bundling straps so you should be able to find them.
Park handlebar holder works very well tooShad
Apr 16, 2002 8:31 AM
I also have a hitch mount rack and find the park handlebar holder, which is intended for workstand use, to be a very simple, effective solution. The velcro/bungee wrap around the frame and wheel also works, but I like the park myself. Around $15 at most of the on-line places.
gadgets, gadgets, gadgets...SteveO
Apr 16, 2002 9:33 AM
simple, quick, cheap(est) solution...
goto the hardware store, pick up a 1 foot length of bungee for $.45

make a loop by simply tying the ends together.

loop the front wheel to the pedal at 3 o-clock.