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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

How to install a Bike Rack on a Car

Installing a bike rack on a car is a great way to transport your bike to a new location without having to ride it there. Obviously there will be some variance in terms of the brand and model of the bike rack being installed, but here is a rough step-by-step guide on how to install a bike rack on a car:

Tools you will need:

  • Bike rack
  • Crossbars (if needed)
  • Wrench (if needed)
  • Tie-down straps
  • Bungee cords (optional)

Step 1: Choose the right bike rack for your car 

There are many different types of bike racks available, so it is important to choose the right one for your car. Make sure the bike rack you choose is compatible with your car's make and model.

Step 2: Install the crossbars (if needed) 

If your car does not have crossbars installed, you will need to install them before installing the bike rack. Most car racks attach to the crossbars, so it is important to make sure they are properly installed and tightened.

Step 3: Attach the bike rack to the car 

Follow the instructions that came with your bike rack to attach it to your car. Depending on the type of rack you have, you may need to attach it to the roof, trunk, or hitch of your car.

Step 4: Load your bike onto the rack 

Place your bike onto the bike rack and adjust the straps and clamps to hold it securely in place. Make sure the bike is centered on the rack and the wheels are securely fastened.

Step 5: Secure the bike to the rack

Use tie-down straps to secure the bike to the rack. Make sure the straps are tight and the bike is stable.

Step 6: Check the bike rack and bike before driving 

Before driving, double-check that the bike rack is securely attached to the car and the bike is securely attached to the rack. Give the bike a gentle shake to make sure it is stable. If necessary, use bungee cords to further secure the bike to the rack.

That's it! You have successfully installed a bike rack on your car and are ready to transport your bike to your next destination.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Why is getting a Bicycle Tune Up important?

Getting a bicycle tune-up is important for several reasons:

  1. Safety: A well-maintained bike is a safe bike. Regular tune-ups ensure that your brakes, gears, and other critical components are working properly and won't fail when you need them most.

  2. Performance: A tuned-up bike will perform better, making it easier and more enjoyable to ride. This is especially important if you're a serious cyclist who is looking to improve your speed and endurance.

  3. Longevity: Regular tune-ups can help extend the lifespan of your bike. By catching and fixing minor issues before they become major problems, you can prevent costly repairs down the line.

  4. Cost savings: A tune-up is generally much less expensive than replacing worn-out parts or buying a new bike altogether. By investing in regular maintenance, you can save money in the long run.

Overall, getting a bicycle tune-up is an essential part of owning and riding a bike. It ensures that your bike is safe, performs well, and lasts as long as possible.

A Basic Tune Up Package from The Bicycle Mechanic is $50 CDN. Learn more about my bicycle repair and maintenance services for cyclists in the Banbury-Don Mills area of Toronto.


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