Tie-Down Directions for a Bicycle

Tie-Down Directions for a Bicycle
Tie-down straps and accessories are available for mountain, road and racing bikes as well as motorcycles and dirt bikes. The process is moderately easy, and in most cases, ratchet straps and other tie-down systems can be interchanged among a variety of bike types. You always want to be aware of how your bike is positioned to safeguard it against damage before you tie it down. By following the manufacturer's directions on your tie-down system, you can secure your bike to any trailer for easy transportation to your favorite bike trail or park.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Look for tie-down hooks inside your trailer or tie-down points on the outside of your trailer side wall. Attach the ratchet strap or rope to secure your bike in place.
Step 2
Position the bike to prevent forward movement. Placement along a trailer side wall is ideal.
Step 3
Position the bike so its front wheel touches the front wall of the trailer.
Step 4
Keep the bike upright and in a secure position with the end of the bike handle bar in contact with the trailer wall. Protect the hand-brake levers and pedals from damage by keeping these delicate parts off the side of the trailer.
Step 5
Use a ratchet tie-down strap to hold the bike in place. Attach the hook located at one end of the strap to your bike and the other to the tie-down point found in Step 1. Adjust the strap until it is taut.
Step 6
Tie one end of your rope to your bike and secure it with a secure knot. Pull the other end to a tie-down point on the trailer. Pull taut to eliminate slack and strengthen the security of the rope.

Tips & Warnings

Ratchet straps can secure motorcycles as well as mountain and road bikes.
Refer to manufacturer's directions for step-by-step instructions on how to use your ratchet straps.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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