You just gotta be careful not to drop the bike as you only have one hand on the bars. When I used to ride the bike to the track, I would find a fellow bike racer to help me. I would hold the front brake and bounce the front suspension while they pull the strap tight. If I don't have any help, I'll hold the front brake and bounce the front end while pulling tight with my left hand. Usually not as effective but gets it sucked down quite a bit. Now that I haul the bike to the track, I just throw the strap on before I let out the tie downs.