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Signs That It's Time for a New Bike Rack

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Are you a bike riding enthusiast in British Columbia? If so, you aren't alone! More than seven million Canadians report that they have gone biking in the past three months. 


One of the most fun parts about bike riding is doing it in different locations. Riding in a new place means transporting your bike to that area safely and efficiently. 



However, even the best bike racks for cars, trucks, and SUVs need to be replaced at some point in time. Read on to learn the signs that it's time for a new bike rack! 


Visible Rust 

Depending on the material your bike rack is made of, you may see visible rust that gives you cause for concern. Rust builds up  over time on materials like aluminum and metal due to repeated exposure to water, heat, and more.  


Your rusty bike rack is showing signs of damage that you can't afford to ignore. Keep your bike rack out of the weather elements when it's not being used, and wipe off excess water when it's exposed to rain or snow.  


Damaged Straps and Tie-Downs 

Whether  your bike rack  is on top of your vehicle or attached to the back, you probably have nylon straps or plastic tie-downs that keep your bike in place while you travel. Although these straps and tie-downs can last many years with regular use, there comes a point in time where they may need to be replaced. 


Make it part of your routine to check the integrity of your straps and tie-downs each time that you use your bike rack. This will help you avoid waiting too long to replace it and putting yourself at risk of an unwanted incident while your bike rack is being used. 


The Wrong Size 

The bike rack that's the right one for you now may not be the right one in a month or a year. Your bike rack may be meant for carrying many different bikes of various sizes. Although your bike may fit this rack at first, you may need to replace it if you decide to buy a new one. 


When you go bike shopping, consider your bike rack's size and if the bike you buy may fit. This will help you ensure you are buying a bike that will fit your existing setup! 


Wrapping Up: Replace Your Bike Rack 

There are many different reasons why you may want to replace your bike rack. With so many different bike rack brands, you may feel overwhelmed when you first begin shopping for one.  


At Burnaby Hitch, we are your source for quality bike racks and accessories in Burnaby, BC. Our team of professionals is dedicated to bringing you the highest quality bike racks, hitches, and more! Contact us today  to learn more about our products and how we can help you with your bike rack needs! 


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