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Old 08-06-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
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Bike tie down

How can I tie my bike's on my ladder without buying a ladder rack, it's not feasible at this time

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Old 08-06-2014, 11:22 AM   #2
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First be sure the ladder will support the weight. It is best if the bottom of the bike is supported by the rear fender. A nice easy way to transport is to buy the close cell foam that is used to insulate home water pipes. It is very cheap and comes in many sizes, get the right one to fit the ladder rungs or bike frame. The pool noodles also work, they are much thicker and a little more money.
Then experiment with the best way to position the bike, be sure to see what will move and cause damage like the pedals and the handlebars. I have seen people loosen the bolt that holds the handle bars and turning them to line up with the frame. Easy to do and undo as needed.

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Let a pedal, padded with a section of pool noodle, rest on a rung to support weight, then firmly fasten to the ladder. Pool noodles are available at Dollar stores for a...$1. They can be used on ladder verticals and bike frame to protect. I'd use 1" wide tie down nylon straps rather than bungie cords. Since your ladder is usually rated for at least a 220 lb. person, I think it can handle a 30-50 lb. bicycle. You may have to loosen handlebars so they don't rub on RV back. Most bikes don't have a rear fender, which couldn't support the weight of the bike anyway.
When using straps, make sure at least one also loops around a higher rung to help support weight. While a bike isn't that heavy, the violent motions of the ladder so far behind your rear axle can make for pretty dramatic forces.

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