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    Bike sliding on rack

    I have an elderly Thule hitch mount rack for two bikes. When carrying a bike on the outside set of rubber pads, they tend to slide in, toward the car and other bike. Am I better off to glue the pads in place, screw the pads in place, or something else?

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    This is very similar to the cheap harbor freight bike racks problem. OK rack, but the craddles slide. Easy solution for it was a pool noodle or water pipe insulation from a hardware store cut and slipped over the rack. Tape the foam down. Life is good.
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    Brilliant. Thanks. The hardware store opens in 7 minutes. I can be there in 12.

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    I had that issue on an old rack in college. Used hose clamps to hold the mounts in place
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    Quote Originally Posted by blkangel View Post
    I had that issue on an old rack in college. Used hose clamps to hold the mounts in place
    I also do this on my Thule rack.

    I also found that the outer most bike would push the rubber bumper at the end of the bar off and the bike would then slide off onto the road. This only happened once, and only to 1 wheel so I didn't lose the bike. I put a self tapping screw through the bumper and into the bar and it hasn't happened since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blkangel View Post
    I had that issue on an old rack in college. Used hose clamps to hold the mounts in place
    Thanks for the idea, I started putting clamps in mine to stop the sliding. Works like a charm.
    Last edited by CHIEF500; 07-01-2016 at 02:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
    ..I started putting clams in mine to stop the sliding.
    I bet that smells weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    I bet that smells weird.
    Actually the clams didn't help much and made the bikes slide even more. I reread the post and realized I needed clamps. Now it works like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
    I also do this on my Thule rack.

    I also found that the outer most bike would push the rubber bumper at the end of the bar off and the bike would then slide off onto the road. This only happened once, and only to 1 wheel so I didn't lose the bike. I put a self tapping screw through the bumper and into the bar and it hasn't happened since.

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    Side of the bumper into the tube or the end?

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    Any pics of the mentioned solutions? I have the issue with a new Thule trunk rack. The rubber cradles slide along the support bars. I am trying hair spray to make them tacky but doubt that's going to work.

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    Google image. I wouldn't be quite this cheap looking though. in a home depot/ace hardware store, they have thinner grey pipe insulation back by the water heaters. costs like $2 for more than you'd ever need. Put some on, wrap it with black gorilla tape. Hose claps will also work instead of the foam, but you'll want tape or something underneath them. Hose clamps would give a stronger clamp force if the foam doesn't work out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
    Side of the bumper into the tube or the end?
    Sorry, didn't see this earlier. The screw went through the bumper from underneath and into the tube. Tim


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