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streetsmarts
02-14-2018, 07:59 PM
Had anyone else had a bungee cord (which was attached to the rack) come loose while riding and wrap around the axle?

Well it happened to me tonight. I used to like to keep my u-lock on the rack..sometimes under those bungee cords.
After tonight's debacle (i eventually had to take the back wheel off and oh so carefully undo the stuck bungee cord. But it was really stuck..came off while riding in traffic near Dupont Cir. trying to avoid a car ) I worry about ever using bungee cords!

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jrenaut
02-14-2018, 08:03 PM
I had to go down to Chinatown and rescue the wife from this exact thing about a year ago. It was not fun.

DismalScientist
02-15-2018, 05:54 AM
I have had that problem before. If you didn't have such massive quads getting it out afterwards would be easier.

Judd
02-15-2018, 07:40 AM
Had anyone else had a bungee cord (which was attached to the rack) come loose while riding and wrap around the axle?

Well it happened to me tonight. I used to like to keep my u-lock on the rack..sometimes under those bungee cords.
After tonight's debacle (i eventually had to take the back wheel off and oh so carefully undo the stuck bungee cord. But it was really stuck..came off while riding in traffic near Dupont Cir. trying to avoid a car ) I worry about ever using bungee cords!

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Yikes! I'm glad it didn't cause a crash. I stick my u-lock into the rack and have had it slip out into the spokes before. I think I've seen a couple of folks that have some heavy duty Velcro strips that they use instead of bungees if you're worried about it happening again.

Vicegrip
02-15-2018, 07:48 AM
Had a 10 foot long string get all gobbed up and shredded in the rear end once. Had to sit and saw it out with a chipped rock cave man style. I carry a single edge razor blade in my tire patch kit ever since.

drevil
02-15-2018, 07:58 AM
Do you usually hold the lock on the top, like this (https://78.media.tumblr.com/be0dc8aac96986e2d2d9c8796947a44f/tumblr_inline_mwutoeGOnd1spsahe.jpg)? I usually drop it in the slot, then use a toe strap (or Voile) around the lowest point of the lock and the bottom hook on the rack to pull the lock down. Easier to do, less straps/cords, and most importantly, less clangy! :)

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streetsmarts
02-15-2018, 08:23 AM
I had to go down to Chinatown and rescue the wife from this exact thing about a year ago. It was not fun.

SO GLAD I'm not alone! Thanks Jon. So It happened at a busy intersection in traffic on my way to an appointment. Tried and tried to undo, locked it at Dupont Cir. (thank goodness it was fine 1 hr later); then spent 30 mins taking off the wheel, the hook actually got stuck on part of the derailleur - what a job!

streetsmarts
02-15-2018, 08:25 AM
I happened to have small kids' scissors with me (because knitting!), and of course they could not cut the bungee. Plus it was sooo stuck! Might keep a good knife with me now (and of course have to remember to take it out cause - security)

streetsmarts
02-15-2018, 08:26 AM
oh that's perfect drevil~!! thanks! Actually, last night, after removing both bungees, I put it through the top like this.. first clang, and then BAM it popped out! i'll try that!

bobco85
02-15-2018, 11:28 AM
Had anyone else had a bungee cord (which was attached to the rack) come loose while riding and wrap around the axle?

Well it happened to me tonight. I used to like to keep my u-lock on the rack..sometimes under those bungee cords.
After tonight's debacle (i eventually had to take the back wheel off and oh so carefully undo the stuck bungee cord. But it was really stuck..came off while riding in traffic near Dupont Cir. trying to avoid a car ) I worry about ever using bungee cords!

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Aw, man, that sucks to hear! I'm glad you were able to untangle it. I've had an evil raspberry (I love raspberries, btw) vine with thorns get wrapped around one axle, and it was a pain (both figuratively and literally) to unwrap it. (Also, this is why I bought those pruning shears)

Might I suggest getting a cargo net and/or geartie as opposed to a bungee cord? I've had really good experience with using both, and they don't take up much space. Here are the ones that I use (I highly recommend the longer gearties, I've used them for so many things):
Cargo net: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/bike-tools-transport/packs-racks/transit-cargo-net-00-5910
Geartie: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SHBNE6G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

P.S. (thought of this just before I submitted the comment) - you could try storing the bungee cord in a cheap small bag (sandwich bag, mesh, etc.). That way, it wouldn't fall and/or get tangled in anything.

Steve O
02-15-2018, 12:03 PM
Has anyone else had a bungee cord (which was attached to the rack) come loose while riding and wrap around the axle?


Because I am mostly unteachable, this has happened to me I think 3 times. Take a look at one end of my bungee at Velo tonight. Because I'm cheap, I refuse to replace it just because the end is wickedly malformed.
I carry my lock like this:
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Easy on/off this way. Also, in the rare event it is needed as a weapon (thankfully, never so far), it is readily accessible.

huskerdont
02-15-2018, 12:22 PM
Heh, the bounce has gone from his bungee (https://www.google.com/search?q=the+bounce+has+gone+from+his+bungee&biw=1600&bih=791&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=CYQ2luKeyNcUWM%253A%252C8309AbTZk7DoFM%252C_&usg=__FSBbf4eQkl0oXMCWinHn1kZdbhE%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjym7ncxKjZAhUjmeAKHaoGB7oQ9QEIXzAH#imgr c=CYQ2luKeyNcUWM:).

I don't mix bungees and bikies myself.

streetsmarts
02-16-2018, 03:19 PM
OK truth is, I must also be unteachable (unlearnable?) because yes this happened once before. The thing is - I should find a picture - I used to keep my u-lock on the top of the rack laying down, under the bungee cords (2 of em!), Kinda like yours but different.

So then I switched to hanging the Ulock in the rack (a la Drevil), but not securing it. but the bungees helped it stay in there - until they didn't.

Now I'm afraid of bungees. :(

Will keep one in my bag when needed, not attached to the rack!

But i'll keep them on hand for