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post #1 of 34 Old 03-29-2014, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Tool tube gone.

Don't use heavy duty zip ties to secure your tool tube.

That is all.
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post #2 of 34 Old 03-29-2014, 04:53 PM
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If you use the ultraviolet resistant variety, they last for many years outdoors. I also buy the 3 foot long size, biggest I know about.

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And the corollary: Check your zip ties on your tool tube once in a while to see if they are all still intact.

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Or maybe use metal pipe straps instead.


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Heh.. not sure about a tool tube. But make sure the aluminium strap that your fuel bottle is strapped to is thick enough to not experience metal fatigue and snap while on the highway...

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And while you're at it make sure you zip up your tank bag so your camera doesn't disappear.

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And while you're at it make sure you zip up your tank bag so your camera doesn't disappear.
Oh, if you use the pucks sold by Happy Trails or whatever their name is to hold your panniers onto the racks, do tighten the the fasteners now and then. The Pelicans slide along nicely on the road surface at 120 Kph, but if you don't sense them falling off, that is of little value.

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I got stainless hose clamps from the Hardware store. Tie wraps are not for securing heavy stuff. Still, checking on the loose able stuff occasionally may be a good idea.
I've had saddle bags leave the bike before. Fortunately I noticed and retrieved them.
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I'll check mine tomorrow. I have it fastened with 6 tie wraps, 3 at each mounting point.
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I got stainless hose clamps from the Hardware store. Tie wraps are not for securing heavy stuff. Still, checking on the loose able stuff occasionally may be a good idea.
I've had saddle bags leave the bike before. Fortunately I noticed and retrieved them.
Some tie wraps are fine for heavy stuff, but they are not easy to find. I've had a few holding antenna masts for close to ten years.

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