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post #1 of 41 Old 08-14-2019, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Boring but important bit of gear? Straps

So what are you using to strap stuff to your bike. I have in the past ried Regular bungee cords but they get stretched out pretty quick. I tried a bungee net but had little luck. I made some straps with 3/4 straping and two square rings and it cinches down tight and doesnt loosen but what a pain in the butt to undue. I am thinking about cam lock straps and I have been looking at the adjustable flat bungee .. but ... what have you gotten that you like?

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post #2 of 41 Old 08-14-2019, 12:15 PM
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I use 1/4" bungee cord. Various lengths and it stays tight. Although, I try to pack stuff in my soft and hard luggage as much as possible...my tent does not fit.

Here is an example: https://www.amazon.com/Elastic-Bunge...gateway&sr=8-8

I won't use bungee cords with hooks on the end...many people have had some pretty bad eye injuries using this type. And, I can tie a knot.
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ROK Straps, picked up from Moto-Kafe.

https://moto-kafe.smugmug.com/ROK-Strapscoming-March-7/


For other types of straps (D ring, hook loops, ratchet, etc.) I use Strapworks.

https://www.strapworks.com/default.asp
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I use ratchet straps. I really would like for ratchet strap manufacturers to make some scaled down models using 1/4" or 3/8" wide strapping material and small ratchet assemblies.
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I use ratchet straps. I really would like for ratchet strap manufacturers to make some scaled down models using 1/4" or 3/8" wide strapping material and small ratchet assemblies.
I have some smallish cheap ratchet straps from harbor freight that I thought about using but the ratchet mech is HUGE. I like to just keep 2 straps attached to the rack .. in case.

I sell craft items so sometimes its box runs to the post office and on weekends it may be inflatable tubes for floating down the river.

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Outback guys always use rachet straps so they don't loosen up in rough conditions. I use a 4 strand single hook bungie that is really strongly made


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ROK straps!!! Easy to use, easily adjustable, and they won't come loose.
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ROK straps!!! Easy to use, easily adjustable, and they won't come loose.
Ditto. Got mine in 05 when they just came out. I spend 20-30 days a year on the road and can fully depend on them to stay tight with 2 dry bags stacked. Also now have a pair of the 3/4" for the DRZ.
No hooks, just a loop, so no scratching or hooks to worry about. One of the best $20 spent.
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I'm also a rok-strap fan. They are great for strapping on a tail bag or camping gear, I like that you can cinch them down and the strong bungee section keeps them tight.

I also carry a couple normal bungees and a bungee net in a small crash bar bag.

I like the idea of ratchet straps but they are so bulky that I don't ever use them to just strap stuff to my bike, although I have a bunch and use them for other things.
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ROK. Pricey but good!
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