Why is it… Transporting bikes on a rack

So on our trip I had 5 bikes to carry. Road, cross, wife’s mtn.& 2 kids mtn.
I have a nice Yakima hitch mount that claims to carry 4 bikes. Well the kids bikes won’t fit so they go in the suburban. 3 to go. Mixing flat bar & drop bar makes for issues. I decided to put them in order of use. Cross mtn. Road.
There is no easy way to alternate them so as to eliminate rub issues etc.

The real question… Why does ALL the damage happen to the newest most expensive parts/bikes first? Her 25 year old nishiki mtn. Bike was untouched. My bikes scratched the new cross brakes, tore up bar tape, & the quick releases looked like They had road rash.

For the trip home I isolated them better, but still not perfect as more tape was tore up.

Such is life right?

Posted with my I-phone

  • rockclimber

    Drop bar are tricky on racks. You may just want to take both tires off and pile it in the trunk. Or put old mountain bike tubes over your handles bars to save the tubes.

    • rockclimber

      Drop bar are tricky on racks. You may just want to take both tires off and pile it in the trunk. Or put old mountain bike tubes over your handles bars to save your handle bar tape.

  • Chico Brian

    Ya…that pretty much sums up my experience with racks. You might as well drag the newest one behind the car tied to a rope!
    Anyway, you’ve got that first scratch out of the way…so now you are free to enjoy life again.
    Cheers…and by the way, David, thanks for all the great posts lately. Keepin’ VR alive takes a little time and effort from all of us. Good job.