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#1 hppants

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:12 PM

This is not re-inventing the wheel, but I thought it might be worth sharing. I recently bought camping gear for my bike trips. I got a large waterproof compression sack to hold everything. On my first trip recently, I used bungee cords to secure it to the bike, which produced results that were less than desirable. I looked online and found a company called Rok Straps – for $25.00 plus shipping, I could have a pair. Or….for about 1/3 of that, I could make my own.

Actually, I got mine for free because my friend Loki purchased all of the materials for me and refused to allow me to re-pay him (many thanks brother). However, a quick search on the web shows that you can get the materials below for about $8.00 shipped.

You will need about 15-20 feet of 1” strap webbing and 4 male/female plastic clips.

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Of course the FJR has a 2-piece saddle.

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The first step is to make four (4) of these.

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I cut a 24” piece of webbing and burned each end with a lighter to prevent unraveling. Then on one end I made a loop with a 2” hole.

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My daughter is an excellent seamstress, so she bought some heavy duty thread and double stitched (thread from top and bottom on the machine) in a “box and X” pattern as shown. With all my might, I could not rip apart the tester.

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Same pattern on the female clip end, with the loop here being tight.

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These assemblies will be used to secure to the bike. Just loop the strap onto itself.

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Here they are with the seat installed and ready to accept the bag.

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Then, with the remaining webbing, I made two (2) male longer straps. Total web length is about 6 feet for each strap, which is way more than you will likely need, but it doesn’t hurt to have extra.

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Then all that is left is to secure the bag. When I pull down on these babies, the bag now becomes part of the bike. I have an extra male/female clip stowed in my bike bag just in case one clip breaks.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

This is extremely timely!! Just today I was organizing my gear, and packing it into my waterproof bag. I ordered some expensive ROK straps and really am not that impressed. I have the 1" nylon strap webbing "in stock", and I'll just go get the clips tomorrow. My wife is an excellent seamstress who used to have a business repairing outdoor equipment. I'm thinking she can "fix me up". ( I'll just take her to dinner or something.)

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:28 PM

I did the same thing and have this bag-
http://www.nrsweb.co...55&pdeptid=1988
the bag closes with the same 1" plastic clips.
The bag is wide enough to hold a tent and poles and is water proof.

I made 2 female and 2 male straps and they snap right into the clips on the bag.
Nice and clean attachment and holds everything secure.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:13 PM

Nice looking set-up and secure too!

I've done something similar with Rok Straps and it's easy on / off and handy for unpacking after a long day.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

Good job! I like it. :clapping:
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:34 PM

I ask myself - What would Johnny80s do?


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Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:11 PM

Those straps look exactly like the ones that come with the mooring cover for my boat. I bet you could get them from a boat supplier online like Barts Waterski or West Marine. They're great, I use them for lots of things. Your idea of running them down to the frame cross member is a great improvement, thanks.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:28 AM

nice set up.
you can ad the slide on cam buckles and have a 'no sew' option (for those of us challenged)

hppants, i like the dry bag... please share info about it??

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:37 AM

you can ad the slide on cam buckles and have a 'no sew' option (for those of us challenged)


Cam buckles while a good idea, are one of those things that don't work so great in real life. But I'm not bitter :D
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:00 AM

Thank you for the replies.

hppants, i like the dry bag... please share info about it??


Here is the bag I have:

http://www.cabelas.c...ch-All Products

(sorry for the long link)

This is a fine piece of equipment. I'm convinced I could throw it in the lake and my stuff would stay dry. The bag can be rolled down and it holds its shape well. If you notice, I arranged my gear in it to make the cross section more narrow - this is to give me more seat room to wiggle on the bike. The compression straps pull down my camping gear to nothing. My bag in the photograph has my 2-man tent, 0-degree sleeping bag, Big Agness inflatable matress, my pillow, a 8x10 plastic tarp, and a gallon sized ziploc bag of "camp goodies". As you can see, it pulls down to a very manageable size. I can still get to my saddle bags easily.

Anyway, YMMV
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:16 AM

Just a note... You mentioned you had extra male and female clips on the bike in case one breaks. You probably need a spare looped strap with female clip attached. Spare clip won't do you any good if you can't sew it on. I like the idea but would be happier with something a little more robust than the clips.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:24 AM

I always like these home-made options. But for those of us without a seamstress on retainer, there's $20 delivered Rok Strap options.
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:54 AM

+1 on the seamstress option, if you don't have one on retainer you'll pay for it. I found Rok Straps at "aviciouscycle.ca" 12"-42" adjustable for $11.99 a pair. Not affiliated with this company, i just found it while scouring on the net. I thought that was a good deal, some on order.

Edited by steve'o', 02 April 2012 - 11:15 AM.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:20 AM

In case you didn't try... flat bungees (instead of the round kind) work really well.
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:18 PM

I always like these home-made options. But for those of us without a seamstress on retainer, there's $20 delivered Rok Strap options.


Sweet...I mostly use flat bungees. Never had a problem with them, but there have been times when I wanted straps to just cinch something down. I like the OP's homemade option, but by the time I pay a seamstress to do what I need, I might as well just buy the straps.

That link to those RokStraps was perfect. I have two on the way.

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