Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Can never get enough practice...

Another nice fall day, with moderate temperatures, and we had quite a bit of sun to boot, so all in all, not a bad day... however, the forecast is maybe not quite so nice...

Today we did a bunch more practicing for getting ready to leave! I mentioned yesterday that we had bought a new bicycle rack to enable us to carry our bicycles this winter down south. Today we hooked everything up to ensure we would have no big surprises on "get a way day!"

So you can see the new bike rack above... it is designed for only two bicycles. You simply put the front and back tires of your bike in those slots you see at the bottom of the rack, and then secure the big hook that you see at the top, to make sure you bike goes no where. This rack simply installs into the trailer hitch that I had already installed on the Cruze, which has a 1 1/4 inch receiver. No part of the bike rack actually touches your car! This is what I wanted.

It only took a couple of minutes to secure the bikes to the new rack. They have a velcro strap for each wheel to be secured at the bottom, where the wheel sits on the rack. The bikes sit about 6 or 7 inches away from the back of the car. There is a special bolt that secures the rack to the receiver, that really does a great job securing the rack to the back of the car. It is very sturdy, and the bikes don't move at all.

Next we put the car up on the dolly behind the motorhome, and took the whole shooting match out for a spin around Woodstock. All is good, and the bikes ride just perfect behind the car. Should have no problems at all hauling them around with us this winter. This is the best bike rack I think I have ever bought. It is sold under the brand name CCM. It is sold at Canadian Tire for $199.00. Well worth it as far as I am concerned.

Other than getting out for some exercise this afternoon, that was about it for the day... count down is on!

Till tomorrow...



  1. It seems clear now that you are set to go. Well done! Good luck with the drive south.

  2. Ready set go, real soon. Nice rack you have there.

  3. Pretty nifty bike rack. I like the idea that it uses the trailer hitch. Happy pedaling!

  4. We have the identical rack on the back of our trailer and find it great. We have had people eyeing our bikes in a parking lot so we added a cable lock for security. The spokes also cut through the Velcro straps so I replaced them with small dollar store dog collars. It's all good.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.