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How to fix bag to rear rack, trunk style?

Old 04-15-10, 09:42 PM
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How to fix bag to rear rack, trunk style?

Hi,

Anyone got any tips on how I can fix my bag to the top of my rear rack?

I have a rigid, boxy bag with a stiff base which looks great on the back of my bike. I'd like to be able to fix it on, trunk style, without the use of bungees - so that I can open it easily.

Ideally the fixing would be semi-permanent - enough to deter casual thievery but easy enough for me to remove in 5 minutes without destroying the bag. But I realise that straps or cable ties might be more feasible than bolts.

I don't mind punching holes in the bottom of the bag.

My rear rack is a cheapo - the top is composed of bars and a springloaded rat-trap (there is no solid plate)

If you have done something similar and could provide pics or tips on how to make neat holes, where to place the holes, what fixings to use, that would be MUCH appreciated!
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Old 04-15-10, 10:27 PM
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Bike Cargo Net. Way better than bungees.
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Old 04-16-10, 12:29 AM
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dwilbur3, thanks for the response.

Bike Cargo Net will have the same drawback that I can't open the bag without detaching it... and it will be too easily thievable for me to leave the bag on the bike if I nip into the shops. But thank you again.
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I would sew two straps with buckles to one side of the bag, and the buckle ends to the other side of the bag.

You would then slide the strap under the rack and buckle on the other side, cinch and you're set.

When you take the bag off the rack, just re-clip the buckles and cinch flush with the bottom of the bag.

You could also sew on bungee cable with rubber hooks on the ends and have those grab the rack.
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Old 04-16-10, 08:23 AM
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If you're going to break out the needle and thread, I'd suggest just sewing two lengths of wide flat straps snugly across the bottom of the bag. Open the rat-trap, slide the bag on and go.
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