How To Maintain Your Bike Rack

Bike racks are there to do one job, but you can help them along the way.

Put some time aside to keep your bike rack in top condition and it’ll be there when you need it for years to come.

Keep it clean

Your bike rack is bound to pick up some dirt and grime over time, whether from the road or your bike itself. We recommend washing by hand and using a mild detergent, such as dish soap, to get rid of this unwanted dirt and restore your bike rack to its former glory.

For rear mounted racks, it can also be worth cleaning the contact points between the bike rack and your car to remove any fine grit, pollen or other unseen particles. This will help to achieve a snug and safe fit for the rack and your bike.

Adjusting your bike headset

Grab your hex key and loosen off the adjustment nuts that sit on the side of the headset. These are the nuts that keep the headset firmly in place on the stem. If you’re just tightening up, then you can simply wind the hex key to the right until there is medium to strong tension. If you need to align your wheel or handlebars correctly, then take the pressure to just about off so you can move each component without them rolling away loosely – this will make things easier to control.

Once you’ve lined everything up, just tighten the adjusting nuts back up and give the headset another wobble test. If everything feels firm, then you’re good to go!

Check for wear and tear

Wear and tear is also a by-product of regular use, and an important one to keep an eye on. Check the bolts and screws of your bike rack every so often to make sure that everything’s still in working order. Also, check any straps, hooks and scoops to ensure that your bike will continue to be held securely.

If you spot a part that needs replacing then be sure to let us know – many of our bike racks come with at least a two-year guarantee and we may be able to help. There are also a number of replacement or additional parts available.

Turn the locks

If your bike rack has locks, they can become stiff if they’re not used regularly. The easiest way to overcome this is to turn the lock periodically and use some lubricant if you find that the mechanism is sticking. It’s important to stay on top of this; locks are an essential safety feature and the last thing you want to find is that you can’t open them.

Store it safely

If your bike rack has locks, they can become stiff if they’re not used regularly. The easiest way ao overcome this is to turn the lock periodically and use some lubricant if you find that the mechanism is sticking. It’s important to stay on top of this; locks are an essential safety feature and the last thing you want to find is that you can’t open them.

Make a new investment

If you’ve faithfully maintained your old bike rack over the years and it’s simply time to invest in a new one, we have a wide variety of rear mounted, roof mounted and tow bar mounted models to choose from. (If you decide on a rear mounted one, make sure that you enter your registration number to find a make that’s suitable for your car.)

Our friendly and knowledge colleagues are also on-hand to provide advice and can even install your chosen bike rack for a small fee.

Choose the right bike rack for your car.

Rear  Mount
Rear Mount Bike Rack
  • Carry 1 - 3  bikes
  • Small & easy to store
Tow  Bar
Rear Mount Bike Rack
  • Carry 1 - 4 bikes
  • Easy to load, more secure
Roof  Mount
Rear Mount Bike Rack
  • Carry 1 - 4 bikes
  • Keep access to your boot