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Old 02-07-05, 09:27 PM   #1
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Possible Bike Rack Theft?

I recently purchased a Saris Bones 2 car trunk rack for my bike. I was downstairs this evening figuring out all the ins-and-outs of attaching it to my car's trunk. I've got an '05 Nissan Altima. As I was tightening up the straps, I noticed that I could unhook all of the hooks with loose straps from the trunk when it was still completely closed. It occured to me that, while I was off riding my bike, a no-good theif could come along and loosen the straps and take off with the bike rack. (No, I don't know why a thief would take a bike rack. Maybe he would need to transport more than one stolen bike at a time. ) I can always just remove the trunk rack each time and put it in the trunk before I take off on my bike, but does anyone have any other suggestions? Just figured I'd drop my question into cyberspace and see if anyone had any ideas. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-08-05, 12:59 AM   #2
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It occured to me that, while I was off riding my bike, a no-good theif could come along and loosen the straps and take off with the bike rack. (No, I don't know why a thief would take a bike rack.)
-- He would take it because it's there.
You can start by asking the manufacturer about theft prevention. I expect your question in cyberspace will also be fruitful. These bike Fourms have been a fountain of useful information for me
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Old 02-08-05, 05:02 AM   #3
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1. I'm not aware of anybody in our area who has had a car bike rack stolen while they were out riding.

2. I'm aware of many people who remove their strap-on racks and lock them inside their car while they are away. I'm also aware of many who don't.

The worst thing that the people who steal take from you isn't your car rack, it's your freedom. They make you a prisoner of your own possessions. Fear of theft makes you do things like lock your strap-on rack inside your car while you are riding and walk around all of the time with an ever expanding ring of keys. People who steal are the scum of the earth!
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I'm with Retro Grouch on this one-having sold hundreds of them in the CHicago metropolitan area, I've never had someone come back and scream at me that their rack was stolen.
If you are that concerned about it and have a spoiler, you could take a cable lock and run it through the central tubular protion of the rack and secure it to the spoiler. At least that way the theif would have to trash your spoiler to get the rack.
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Thanks everyone for your comments. To be honest, it doesn't seem very likely that someone would steal the rack. But the thought did occur to me, so I figured I'd drop the question on here. Thanks again.
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The chance someone will steal an empty bike rack off your car are slim to none. I've had a bike rack on my car for several years and never give it second thought. There's no money in selling a used bike rack and it's very unlikely a thief would take one for his own use.
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I'm with Retro Grouch on this one-having sold hundreds of them in the CHicago metropolitan area, I've never had someone come back and scream at me that their rack was stolen.
If you are that concerned about it and have a spoiler, you could take a cable lock and run it through the central tubular protion of the rack and secure it to the spoiler. At least that way the theif would have to trash your spoiler to get the rack.
That made me think of another suggestion... Run a cable into the trunk and connect it to... Something... Spare tire, maybe?

Then again, the damage a thief would do (to spoiler, or to the paint/metal of the trunk "lid") probably far exceeds the cost of a new rack.
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That made me think of another suggestion... Run a cable into the trunk and connect it to... Something... Spare tire, maybe?

Then again, the damage a thief would do (to spoiler, or to the paint/metal of the trunk "lid") probably far exceeds the cost of a new rack.
Or just run a cable into the trunk with a padlock connecting the two ends of the cable. With the trunk closed, the padlock won't pull through.
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There's no money in selling a used bike rack and it's very unlikely a thief would take one for his own use.
Not even to hold his stolen bike collection?
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