Use these methods to provide additional security for your bike. Note that your insurance likely only covers use on provincial and municipal roads. Use of your rack off-road is completely at your own risk. On rough roads or on trips where road conditions are unknown, we recommend the following:
- Tension restraints (paracord, rope or nylon loop straps) to restrict vertical movement of the bikes
- Ratchet straps to secure the upper horizontal tube of the rack to reduce torque forces
To keep bikes secure in the rack, you can use nylon loop straps to secure your bike to the lower wheel cradles, or build your own using paracord or rope. Nylon loop straps should be 15″-18″ long and can be purchased from hardware stores or on Amazon (see here or here).
- You can make your own tension restraints with paracord or rope (polypropylene rope isn’t recommended because of its low friction). See this video on YouTube. Rope restraints are convenient because they are tied onto the rack.
- Secure your rear wheel in the cradle as usual with the rubber bungee.
- Loop one end of the restraint around your pedal axle against the crank arm
- If using a nylon loop strap, loop the other end of the restraint onto the flange of the rack lower wheel cradle (you might have to back-pedal so you’ve got enough slack).
- With both ends in place, reverse your cranks firmly again to create tension in the restraint. This restraint will limit upward movement from your bike if you hit a large bump with your vehicle.
- See pictures to see proper positioning of pedals with the nylon straps installed, and see our video regarding proper bungee tension and use of the nylon straps on YouTube.
Load / ratchet Straps – Top Horizontal Tube
The upper wheel cradles have holes in the back of the bracket in between the two nuts to accept the hook from a ratchet strap; use the outside cradles at the ends of the top tube. If the hook is large it can be looped around the upper wheel cradle tube. Secure the other ends of the straps to a solid location on your vehicle. In the example below, the straps have been attached to the tow hooks under the bumper. Load straps can also be connected to a roof rack as long as the rack is permanently fastened to the vehicle. Canadian Tire sells a ratchet strap that can be used for this purpose.