Hitch Mount Bike Rack Lock Questions
I have a Yakima 4 bike receiver hitch mount rack, and the first thing I did was remove the insert with the nut in it so that I could use a stainless MasterLock that I already had to secure the rack to the truck. Seemed logical to me - if the bikes are secured to the rack, and the rack is locked to the truck, they should be safe...
I did notice that this allowed the rack to rock back and forth a little, but I have noticed other similar racks doing the same thing, so I didn't worry about it.
Tonight a riding buddy told me that our LBS chewed him out for doing exactly the same thing (by chewed out, I mean that they told him that was a big mistake, in no unclear terms) They told him that the rocking back and forth was very bad for the bikes since it "jerked" them around. I can see that, I guess. His bike and mine are carbon frames, don't know if that matters.
I am new to biking, but I do have an expensive (to me) bike, so I am concerned about being sure it is secured.
What is the best way to secure the rack to the truck to prevent the rocking AND keep it from being taken off by someone that I don't want taking it?
-- Also, my rack does not have the built in lock to keep the bikes attached to the rack (it's like a $40 option) - is it worth the money compared to a Wal-Mart type chain or cable/lock? The only problem I see with the Wal-Mart version is how to fasten the cable to the rack - otherwise, you can take bike, cable, and all...