Silly bike rack question

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  1. Bluemooner

    Bluemooner Funster Life Member

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    Should the bikes be straight up or slightly leaning towards motorhome?
     
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    I've always assumed that the clamping arms will put bikes in right place.
    So I've never even looked at vertical or otherwise.
     
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    depends on the rack, if it's fitted to the van wall usually straight up, if its a towball mounted they lean in a bit,

    Alan
     
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    Ours sit straight up on a Fiamma rack.
     
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    Thanks for the replies you can adjust the angle on the Fiamma rack
     
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    Lean mine slightly toward van, cos i can!

    not related but a while back I dropped a whole rear mounted fiamma rack with two bikes on it, ripped holes in back of van, pesky French speed hump snuck up on me at speed, was in the middle of nowhere!
     
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    Another thing been bugging me, bought expensive locking wire thing, it now is obvious to me that a small adjustable spanner would enable anyone inclined, to remove the rack complete with bikes, in seconds?
     
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    Thats why i have a long wire and i will put it round chassis
     
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    Give the bikes a shake to make sure the handlebars or pedals can't contact the bodywork when you go over bumps, other than that, leaning in towards the van has got to cause the least amount of stress on the rack fixing points and the van's back panel as you are reducing the "moment arm" of the load (y)
     
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    Well just picked bikes up drove about 8 miles home (yes i did stop to check) and all is well
     
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