The following hints and tips for use with your MaxxRaxx cycle carrier may ensure that you have many more trouble free years of use from your rack. If you are an existing user and have any suggestions you think could benefit other owners, please contact us.
Loading your bikes
We regularly get feedback telling us how easy our customers find using our bike racks. However, every now and then we get asked "What is the easiest way to load and position bikes on the MaxxRaxx?" We understand that it may seem a little awkward the first time and there is not a simple answer to this question as everybody's bikes are slightly different. There are, however, a few handy little tips you could follow.
Positioning Is Important
Firstly make sure you position the most awkward or heaviest bike closest to the vehicle, this will help to further steady the MaxxRaxx.
It is important to ensure that all the bikes are balanced on their individual Cycle Cradles before they are secured with the ratchet webbing strap.
It may seem natural to load successive bikes facing opposite ways but experience has shown that it may be easier and better to have all the handle-bars at the same side. If some of your bikes are mountain or lady's bikes with sloping top-tubes then it can help to load these alternating with conventional men's bikes.
Make Sure You Take Your Time
The most important thing to remember is not to get frustrated if you are finding it difficult to load all of the bikes. If you are finding it difficult have a short break, enjoy a cup of tea and then come back to it. I guarantee that you will then be successful.
This Is Also A Great Idea
One customer had the idea of photographing how he positioned the bikes on the rack for future reference; you could always use this technique. Most people keep their bikes for some time so once you have worked out how to load them you can simply repeat the process each time you use your MaxxRaxx.
Please make the ratchet strap on your rack as tight as you can. The strap is extremely strong and the ratchet is powerful and designed to help you make the strap very tight which will prevent the bikes from moving.
Loading mountain or lady's bikes with diagonal top-tubes
Although it may look slightly odd to have the rear wheel of your bike raised, it is perfectly safe this way once the ratchet webbing has been firmly tensioned with the ratchet.
2 Auxiliary Straps must be used at any time you carry more than 2 bikes or whenever you use the Towing Height Extension.
We would strongly advise that, if the toggle ends of the Auxiliary Straps need to be located into the top of the hatch or boot lid of the vehicle that this should be done before you assemble the S-Tube onto the Foot. If this is not done first, you will find that you will need to lower the loaded rack in order to raise the boot lid or hatch.
The toggles are designed to prevent any damage to the inside of your vehicle. If you have roof-bars on your vehicle, remove one end-cap to remove the toggle from the strap. The remaining loop can be used to attach the strap to the rear end of the roof-bar before being attached to your bike rack.
To prevent possible paint damage to your vehicle, we suggest you temporarily remove the short length of the Auxiliary Strap (with the metal hook and cam buckle) from the long length of strap, while attaching it to the roof bars. You can also watch the video Instructions for using the Auxiliary Straps.