1998 Nishiki Montana, 1972 Schwinn Super Sport, 2007 Trek 520
Trunk racks and falling bikes
Everytime I drive somewhere with my bikes I watch them in my rearview mirror and grip the handlebars so tight my hands hurt. Has anyone here ever had a bike slip off and eat asphalt, or cause an accident? I usually use rope to secure EVERY part of each bike in place, but I still find I'm nervous.
I also have never taken my bike rack off, so it has seen a few mid-west winters and lots of sun. I'm worried about the nylon straps that hold the thing in place (they seem stiff). Anyone ever heard of them snapping under load? Can they be replaced?
Everytime I drive somewhere with my bikes I watch them in my rearview mirror and grip the handlebars so tight my hands hurt.
I usually grip the steering wheel when I drive my car, not the handlebars. Much safer that way.
I never had great faith in my $35 Sears trunk rack with its four straps and hooks. It was probably ok but I never really felt super secure about taking it on the freeway. I would always stop after a short hop and retighten the straps, which several times had worked a bit loose. I also always put a couple extra bungees on the bikes to help it out a bit. Now I have a Yakima roof rack and I feel much better about the bikes' safety. I have never had anything loosen at all and have put lots of freeway miles and bouncy dirt road miles on it.
You get what you pay for. $35 rack may be ok for $100 bikes and short distances. For $1,000+ bikes and longer trips, a couple hundred worth of rack is cheap insurance... until you forget and go through a drive-thru.