If this is in the wrong forum- my apologies. I tried to choose the one that applied the most.
Hello- I am not a cyclist. I am just a dad who wants to take his family bike riding. My kids love it.
We have been trying to acquire bikes and the necessary equipment to take them riding on local bike trails.
We just bought a used Bell bike rack. The instructions were not included. I do not know the model number and have had no success finding anything online. I do not want to drive down the road until i can feel that it is properly secured.
I installed as i imagined it should go. It seems very unstable. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas, or suggestions. Below are some pictures and one short video of what happens when i move it. The top cushioned bar seems to pull away from the vehicle due to the weight. Should it do that? Will the straps loosen while driving? How do you get the straps tight enough?
Here is an 8 second video of what happens when i move the rack a little with no bikes on it.
The top straps attached to the top. The side to the side and the bottom to the bottom. I crossed the bottom straps in an attempt to stabilize. (All the straps are marked.)
The person who sold us this said that it would work on a wagon. (They also said that it would hold 4 bikes and i just don't see it, so i wonder...)
Please don't make fun of our cheap bikes! We just want to have a good time with our kids before school starts. Thank you very much for any help!!!