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    Giant Twist Ties = Great for securing bike to rack.

    I have a 4-bike hitch rack that's pretty much like all others in that it has the rubber cradles the bike rests on and the thick black rubber straps to hold the bike on.

    The straps that came with my rack kinda suck—they stretch out over time and the holes tend to widen and tear. I've gone through a bunch of them (and they never inspired much confidence from the start).

    Finally I got sick of them and looked for an alternative. For me, the perfect solution turned out to be the "giant twist ties" you can buy for $3/pair at Walmart.

    I bought a pair and started using these to secure my bike to the rack, and they're great! They're covered in dense foam so they don't harm the bike, they're really quick and easy to wrap-n-twist on, and they're bombproof—my bike doesn't budge, and I'm a lot happier.

    Here's the link to the manufacturer:
    http://www.griptwist.com/

    So file this in the "If your black rubber straps suck" folder.

    Scott
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    How long do they last? Any reason you couldn't use electrical wire instead?

    J.

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    I've only been using mine for a couple weeks, so not sure how long they last—but they're pretty beefy, so appear to be good for at least a season.

    Sure, you could use heavy-gauge electrical wire...I'm sure that's what's inside these things. But these are nice 'cause they're padded, so easier on your hands and your bike.

    Scott
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    They look pretty cool. I do like the idea of the padding.

    J.

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    I use cheapo toe straps from the LBS

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    I use velcro straps on my hanging rack.

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