CABLE INTERFERENCE ON CAR BIKE RACK
August 5, 2005
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I know this sounds like a crazy
question, but I dont think I can safely put my new
womens bike on my car's bike rack.
I have a Specialized Expedition
and the little wires seem to get in the way when I try to
load it. I don't want to "crimp" them and mess
up something. Help!
The other day, a pleasantly hot
summer afternoon, a motorist pulled up next to me at a red
light and asked me why I bicycled barefoot. The only crazy
question Ive heard this year.
The little wires you that concern
you probably control your brakes (AKA "brake cables").
The worst that can happen: The bikes brakes will engage.
The same thing happens when you squeeze the brake levers.
So I wouldnt worry about it. After you take the bike
off the rack the brakes will disengage.
If your rack grabs the bike a little
lower, itll press on the derailleur cables, or the
wires that cause the bikes gears to shift. If this
happens, when you put the bike on the rack some shifting
might happen, uh, halfway. To ensure that no problem results,
after you take your bike off the rack do this: With one
hand pick up the back of the bike so the rear wheel comes
off the ground. With the other hand grab one pedal and pedal
forward for two complete rotations of the pedals. Thisll
ensure that the gears get shifted completely before you
get on and ride.