Thread: Rack Etiquette
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Old 11th October 2011, 01:12 AM   #9
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas, Texas USA
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One other tidbit for those that travel with boards on top. - ALWAYS use two straps on the front, one to secure the board(s) and the other for a back up. Generally, new straps will not fail, but as they age and get cooked by the sun, they begin to wear.

On a long trip at 70 mph with two boards on top, I left the highway on to a side street where the front strap suddenly broke, luckily while moving at only 30 mph. The boards shifted to the side, but did not fall off. From that point on, I always used a second "safety" strap on the front.

I shutter to think what may have happened if the strap broke 5 minutes earlier on a highway filled with cars.
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