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Old 07-20-2006, 05:12 AM   #21
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Old 07-20-2006, 06:13 AM   #22
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I've hauled my bikes / our racebikes in gear all over the country for the last 29 years. Never have damaged a transmission by doing do. If you're not preloading the shift lever there's no force being exerted on the shift forks, and the clutch sees's more load on a downshift at speed than it will ever see sitting in a truck.
I'd definitely recommend good quality straps that won't come loose.
A Cycle Cinch is nice, but not abosolutely necessary.
I've always loaded both bikes facing front in a pickup, usually with a 2" x 12" between the bed and the front wheel. If I have a strap lightly touching body work I'll zip tie a towel around the strap to protect the bike.
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:18 AM   #23
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I've used a Canyon Dancer with my former bike with slight damage to the grip, but I attribute that to the angle and to my overzealous ratcheting of the straps. There have been no issues using the CD with my current bike. I do have to say that using just "soft straps" would be just as effective as using the CD without 20% of the additional cost.

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