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    In the right lane gerv's Avatar
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    Your techniques for lashing things to your (two-wheeled) vehicle

    Lately on Fridays I've been been carrying home pizzas on my rear rack. As many do, I use hook bungees to fasten the box to the top of the rack. Of course, this is a good way to lose your wheel if you aren't careful. The hooks get loose, then fall into the spokes.

    I normally use ball bungees to fasten my lock to the rack, but typically the thing bounces up and down.

    So recently I started trying some small diameter ropes and a few simple knots (in the photos a bowline and a clove hitch). IMHO this system works pretty well.. the lock does a lot less bouncing around.

    What are your secrets for lashing things on the bike?

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    I have never had a bungee pop loose, so I use them a lot.

    Also, while not really "lashing," I sometimes attach large rear panniers and load items into them.

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    I think a rack with a spring gives you better versatility and stability when carrying things.

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    Baskets, fenders and bungees work well for me. On the off-chance that a bungee fails, the baskets and fenders keep it away from the spinning parts. I don't care for ropes or straps since their non-elastic nature makes them less secure (our roads and paths are quite poorly built and maintained).

    When the load is bigger, I'll often put things into plastic tubs on my trailer (about a thirty inch by fifty inch platform with eight inch high rails on three sides). The trailer is big enough to hold four garbage cans (five if I place a board under them to extend the length). When I transport garbage cans (usually full of recycling) to the transfer station, I use straps with ratchets to cinch them down and hold them securely to the trailer.

    On the rare occasions when I transport pizza, I prefer to bungee it to the top of a front basket. The front of the bike bounces less on the failing roadway than the rear, so the pizza arrives in better shape.

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    Any thoughts of using zip ties for the bike lock? You can find them in all sizes, and even some that are "reusable" opposed to the more commonly disposable kind.

    Growing up I always kept my cable locks wrapped around my seat post, no problem of it flapping around as I rode and no need to tie it down. I never cared about the lock scratching my frame, after all surface scratches can easily be rubbed out most of the time and IMO it gives your bike character I've also rode around with a U-LOCK hanging from the seat post, without it moving as I ride.


    I don't carry pizza on my bike but have done a lot of grocery runs on my bike. Heavy items like case of cans or larger items (gallon of milk, juice, etc) go on the rack(some trips I strap on a square milk crate with zip ties but ordinarily I forget). Smaller items go into my backpack. Larger but lightweight items (i.e. TP, paper towels) I hang from the top tube/step and keep away from the front wheel. It takes up leg room and is a bit of a sight riding down the road (people around here love to stand and stare at bikers) but it's doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    I don't care for ropes or straps since their non-elastic nature makes them less secure (our roads and paths are quite poorly built and maintained).
    The non-elastic nature of good rope should make the load more secure... but there's a bit of skill involved in using the correct knot. Rope is cheap, eco-friendly (bungees use rubber which is in short supply, but you can make rope out of a number of materials, including hemp. Zip ties... don't get me started. I've had so many snap using them to secure fenders.).

    Anyway, rope is also old school (All my bikes right now are from the last century ) And there's a ton of info on knots.

    Check it out !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Marley View Post
    I have never had a bungee pop loose, so I use them a lot.

    Also, while not really "lashing," I sometimes attach large rear panniers and load items into them.
    If you search BF mostly everyone recommends ball bungees. They aren't perfect, but they do work and when (for any number of reasons.) they decide to loosen up, they tend not to get hooked up in the wheels.

    You do not want a bungee to lock up your rear wheel when you navigating an intersection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeRides View Post
    Any thoughts of using zip ties for the bike lock?
    D-Ring works for me for the lock. Depending on the load, bungee cords and/or gravity holds everything in place for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    If you search BF mostly everyone recommends ball bungees. They aren't perfect, but they do work and when (for any number of reasons.) they decide to loosen up, they tend not to get hooked up in the wheels.

    You do not want a bungee to lock up your rear wheel when you navigating an intersection.
    What is a "ball" bungee? I have never had a bungee "loosen up" but have forgotten to hook them up, luckily without disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    What is a "ball" bungee?
    Ball-Bungees: The Handiest Thing You Never Heard Of | WIRED

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    I have a bunch I bought at Walmart. They're very quick for lashing onto all kinds of places and can be a great alternative especially when there's nothing great to hook onto.

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    I have one of those ball bungees somewhere but didn't know how to use it. I use non-elastic straps for anything that won't fit in my panniers.
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    I often have a backpack.
    Small stuff goes into the backpack.
    Larger stuff gets tied down.

    It depends on which bike I'm using or whether I'm using a trailer.
    Bungee cords work great on the bike rack. I usually have a few extra ones on the rack most of the time.
    Cam Straps work good on my cargo bike and trailers.

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    I had a bungee catch a spoke. The cord broke. Finally I head the hook tapping the frame. I have a basket that is wide enough for medium pizza, but mostly I use a trailer. Sometimes I use my cable for extra restraint on large trailer loads.

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