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    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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    I had to go down to Chinatown and rescue the wife from this exact thing about a year ago. It was not fun.

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    I have had that problem before. If you didn't have such massive quads getting it out afterwards would be easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsmarts View Post
    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.

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    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.

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    Do you usually hold the lock on the top, like this? 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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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    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!

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    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)

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsmarts View Post
    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/...go-net-00-5910
    Geartie: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?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.

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