What a day so far...... Attached the bike carrier as usual thi morning and loaded on the whyte t-120 as normal. Drove a mile or two and rechecked straps etc.
Then while on the motorway both buckles on the bike retaining straps failed and I see the bike come off the carrier and disappear from rear view mirror.
Thankfully I always use some old toe straps to strap the wheels down as well to the main frame of the carrier meaning the bike was retained but being dragged behind the car. Pulled over and replace crap straps with tie wraps (always carry some in the camelback).
Needless to say I was pooing myself at the thought of what could have happened. The buckles failed in the castings of the main body of them where the pins pass through them that the straps attach to.
Motto of this story is check the fatigue on you strap buckles every time. This is the one time I hadn't as I was in a rush. And always add some extra straps in case of failure.
The bike is ok apart from a small scuff on the lock ring for the lock on grips.