If you are driving to BRC in a sedan and plan on hauling your bikes using a trunk bike rack, proceed with caution. Those racks, especially the cheap ones, are fraught with hazard (for you and potentially other people on the road). Here is what I learned, sometimes the hard way, in several long rides to the playa:
-Practice setting up your rack and loading your bikes before your departure day. You will be tired enough after packing your car, and the bikes are the last thing you will load, so be sure you know how to set it all up beforehand.
-Pack your trunk only with items you will not need in transit or in the event of car trouble. You will not have access to your trunk while the rack is on it.
-Tie at least two backup cords to your rack. Use a strong and skinny cord, and make the cord short enough to prevent your bikes from hitting the ground if the rack slips off your bumper.
-Secure your bikes to the rack with several backups. Bungee cords work well for this.
-Secure all bike wheels. If you don’t, the wheels will continuously spin while you are driving and may fall off. Bungee cords work well for this also.
-Be sure any and all decorations on your bike (fur, etc.) are well secured. If there is any chance it will fly off your bike, wait until you arrive and put it on there.
- Your car will be both longer and wider with bikes attached to it. Give yourself a larger buffer on the road and take it slow.
-Make sure the view of your middle brake light and license plate are not obstructed by the rack. This is usually not a problem, but double check before driving.
If you have anything to add to this list, please do so. Happy and safe trails!