Today’s QT comes to us from long-time RBR product reviewer Paul Smith (with an addendum from Tech Editor Jim Langley).
I put out the clarion call last week asking for some fresh Quick Tips from the RBR Crew, and Paul’s tip about protecting your bike when carrying it on a roof rack had particular resonance. It turns out that Sheri Rosenbaum is among the cyclists (we all probably know one, right!) who have suffered the fate of driving into the garage, bikes atop car, and doing damage to some combination of their bike, their car, their garage.
Here’s what Paul wrote:
Save a bike. And possibly a car. And a garage.
A friend of mine told me this recently. It was one of those ideas that I thought was genius.
When you have a roof rack and drive away from your house with expensive bikes on top, first take a bucket and place it in the entrance to the garage. (Something similarly clunky would work just as well.)
When you arrive home and start to pull into the garage, you will wonder why you have a bucket there, and then you will remember the very expensive bike(s) mounted on top of the probably less expensive car.
The mental jolt will get you out of the car to take the bikes off, and move that bucket out of the way, before you drive in.
Jim Langley added this:
Another version of this is to put the garage door remote inside your cycling glove so that you see the glove and realize your bike’s on the roof rack.
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