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Old 06-04-2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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Question stupid question but it friggin hurts!!!!

**this is the wife of 98_900RR - for the record**

I spend a lot of time on my bike commuting back and forth to school. So my backpack is kind of a mainstay. The problem is that I have to tighten up up the straps really high to keep the backpack from catching air on the highway - the resulting long straps are killing me! Have you ever had a thin piece of cloth snap you on the at 75 mph??? PAINFUL!

anyway, things I've already tried:
1. tying the straps up on themselves to make them shorter - always come undone and wind up doing it again
2. tucking them into the backpack itself and zipping down on the straps - always work themselves out.

ANY help? stupid question I know but there has to be a way to knock this off!@!
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:33 PM   #2
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zip ties FTW or sew the ends down

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put some velcro on the strap and on the backpack
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Rubber bands?
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Happened to me all the time wen I used to commute on a bike.. I ended up rigging my backpack like GQ said with the velcro. I found heavy duty velcro at linens 'n things
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just cut the straps down and then melt the ends, so they don't fray.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:38 PM   #6
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thanks for the ideas guys - im going to try the velcro idea
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:42 PM   #7
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I know exactly what you are talking about! That chit stings!

I solved that problem by wearing full leathers

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just cut the straps down and then melt the ends, so they don't fray.
I thought of that as well, but only flaw is you need all the slack you can get on at least one side so you can pull the backpack off, assuming you are wearing a jacket. It's a to get a tight backpack off with a jacket on, unless you are double jointed
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Yeah mine did the same thing for about one day, and I folded them back up right to the clasp with the rubber bands (elastics if you're from boston) and they haven't come loose yet.
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rubber bands or just cut them you dont need them that long in the first place
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I know exactly what you are talking about! That chit stings!

I solved that problem by wearing full leathers



I thought of that as well, but only flaw is you need all the slack you can get on at least one side so you can pull the backpack off, assuming you are wearing a jacket. It's a to get a tight backpack off with a jacket on, unless you are double jointed
i take my jacket off with the backpack, then slide the backpack off the jacket. makes it much easier, and you're not wrestling with anything.
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I know exactly what you are talking about! That chit stings!

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I thought of that as well, but only flaw is you need all the slack you can get on at least one side so you can pull the backpack off, assuming you are wearing a jacket. It's a to get a tight backpack off with a jacket on, unless you are double jointed
I sometime had to take my jacket off just to get into my backpack because I didnt feel like taking 20 mins to re-strap up my backpack
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I use a backback everyday. BUT, I put it behind me on the bike with the bottom of the backpack toward my....er....bottom. Then, I cover the backpack with a motorcycle cargo net and wrap and hook the net under the rear fender area.
This works and I can attest to this as my haul to work and back is usually the Westpark Tollway from Highway 99 to FM1093. (Practically an Autobaun)

Forget wearing the stupid thing, just strap it to the bike and GO!
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What kind of backpack? I have an Ogio that I used when I was bike commuting to school. The straps have little loops around it that kept the excess straps from whipping you on the like an angry jockey.

I would recommend going by cycle gear and looking at some of their bags. This may give you an idea of how their engineered for motorcycle use, and you can choose to follow suit or pick one up.

EDIT: If you see validity in your question, then it's not stupid. Very likely someone has or will have the same problems, too.
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I had the same problem and like NorthHoustonCBR said try a Tank Bag. I bought an Icon Tank bag that has backpack straps you use off the bike. It works great and I don't that thing on my back bugging the out of me.
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put some velcro on the strap and on the backpack
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sew some velcro on the ends and on some place on the bag. that should do it for you.
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