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rack advice needed!!!(4 posts)

rack advice needed!!!hungry
Sep 8, 2003 5:02 PM
I need your advice on the do's and dont's of transporting nice bicycles on a car rack. It is the trunk kind, holds two bikes, has separators. Any tricks you have found useful? How do I get it from here to there (350 miles) in as good of shape as possible? thanks.
re: rack advice needed!!!bent_spoke
Sep 8, 2003 6:21 PM
I have a Saris Bones rack which I really like and I'd recommend.

Suggestions: I wraped my bike with pipe insulation from Home Depot (plumbing dept). I did all the exposed places that might come into play. I used plastic ties that they used gather electric wires to hold on the pipe wrap. This was quick & easy as the cinch down real tight.

I also used the ties to hold the wheels and cranks in one place so that they don't move & scratch something. I took off my computer & tool bag so I wouldn't lose it. If your driving at nite, I would take a small mini lite & attach it to your bar or seat post so people don't get too close (omit if you're hoping for a rearender & a new bike). Also check ocasionally while driving to make sure that every thing still looks secure. Have a good trip!
re: rack advice needed!!!MKD
Sep 9, 2003 9:05 AM
I had a hitch rack and after scratching up my friends and my own mtn bikes, I decided to switch to roof racks when I got my road bike. There are precautions you could take such as the previous entry, but more than I wanted to do. I didn't mind to much when it was my mtn bike getting dinged up, but I wouldn't have it with my road bike. I know this probably isn't the info you were looking for, but I am so happy I made the switch. I still use my hitch rack when I take my kids bikes somewhere and the roof racks are full.
Sounds great for keeping the bikes separated....howeverbent_spoke
Sep 10, 2003 4:54 AM
you need to be alert when entering parking garages, etc where you have little clearance. I had a friend take his bike off the roof rack, so you have to be careful.