Carrying And Securing Bikes.

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  1. Charlie

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    Bought our van last week and are booked to go south this week on Thursday. We are brand new (wet behind the ears !) so would like some advice on how the rear rack works. Only thing I know is that it folds down. So how exactly do I secure the bike ? Its just one bike . Also how do we lock a bike on so as to hopefully stop thieves from stealing it ? When out and about I would lock my bike inside but its while parked up on site or while in say a service area ? My bike is quite an expensive Specialzed and I dont want to loose it !



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    Thanks !
     
  2. kalamitty

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    • fold the rack down, and place the bike in one of the channels and the straps slide along the channel untill in the center of the wheel base then strap around the wheelrim should just click in, then use the top holding device just unscrew the big knurled knob thingy and adjust to fit the bike crossframe. and then same again click the strap around the frame. i use a chain and padlock to lock it to the rack. also fiamma do a cover so no one can see the make of bike. hope this helps.
     
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  3. Clickem

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    I always thread the electric hook up cable through the bike frame. If the cable is unplugged in the night the fridge alarm goes off.
     
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  4. Charlie

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    Like that ! Does this alarm thing do it on all fridges ?
     
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    You could try to rig some type of personal attack alarm on it as well so that if it comes off the rack the pin is pulled and an extremely loud siren goes off. :)
     
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    I drilled a hole in the back door and fitted an eye bolt for the cable lock to run through fiamma do suggest bolting the rail of the rack for better security
     
  7. Ranger

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    Extra straps and extra locks. You can never have too many securing devices. Also to eliminate movement a couple of the thick rubber bands (the type used for tent tie downs) wrapped around the brake lever stops any wheel movement.
     
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    To add to the post from Ranger I have used "toe clip straps" to do the same job, very easy to tension.
    Ray
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    We use the Fiamma fasteners as described above, then thread a combination cable lock through the bike frames and the Fiamma frame.

    In addition, (belt, braces and piece of string?), we use several webbing straps around the frames, lash the two bikes wheels together and finish with a couple of bungees.

    If they get through that lot they are welcome!:whistle:

    Seriously, our bikes are fairly standard affairs and unlikely to attract a thief looking for a "high end" bike. I genuinely believe that you cannot make bike racks thief proof, you just make it as difficult as you can for them.
     
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    Hi Charlie, I bought one of these recently:

    http://lockalarm.com/products/all/heavy-duty-lock-alarm/

    I wanted an alarmed lock to complement my existing cable locks, it will activate if someone tampers with the locking mechanism or cable. You can get ones which will activate if some one moves it but I wanted to be able to travel with it attached to the bike and rack so opted for this one. I bought mine from Amazon.es as I was staying at a Spanish campsite for a few weeks although it was delivered from Austria I believe. If it has activated whilst I've been driving I haven't heard it, then again I do like my music blasting when motoring (y):whistle:
     
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    I put a light ratchet strap over the bike and around the carrier,,,holds it perfect,,,BUSBY.
     
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    Securing to vehicle sounds a good idea, we had rack where I made sure bikes were well secured and locked to rack only to realise only 2 small bolts holding rack to vehicle so whole lot could easily be removed at once.
    Not good with your expensive bike if parked in quiet location.
     
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