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Old 28 Sep 2006
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Wink Who killed Bungee?

The best bit of kit I ever had. Guaranteed my stuff would stay on the bike - ish. Also allowed me to string up my poncho effectively as a young Para, thereby keeping me dry - ish. I've also dried a quite a few grods on my bungee washing line. Preparing for my upcoming trip, I ventured into a motor accesories retailer, and on making my request was told, "no,sorry they are illegal". Apparently, they "can 'ave yer eye out". Frankly, I'm glad I'm leaving this country. I can't scratch my arse without a risk assessment these days.
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You can buy them online. Screwfix Direct and they sort of places do them. Personally I prefer ratchet straps rather than bungee straps as they are much more secure, but each to their own.
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I like ROK straps , they work like ratchet straps but have an elastic portion that "gives' a bit .
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Unhappy Arse scratching is indeed a risky pastime...

StretcherMonkey,
I know how you feel, before my last trip it took me ages to find an insurance company which would cover me for Arse Scratching. Some would cover it, but only if "Arse Scratching is not the main purpose of your trip and no more than one day in six is spent in Arse Scratching up to a maximum of 6 days in any 12 month period."
Others would cover Arse Scratching as the main purpose of the trip but only up to two fingers and even then there was no cover for post action sniffing.

Matt

PS- I've got a horrible feeling I'm gonna spend the rest of the day singing "Who killed Bungee" in my Sid Vicious voice and it's all your fault.
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ROK Straps... the mutts nuts.
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Sid's version of "who killed Rok-Strap" is pretty dire although I am partial to a Rok-Strap or four.

And the best of all, I don't need to fill out a risk assessment although I strongly recommend wearing a hi-viz jacket, hard hat and safety goggles just in case. Remember where you put them once you've taken them off otherwise you've got yourself a trip hazard and you don't even want to go there...
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Pedant Alert

Rok-Straps are better than bungees but Sid Vicious didn't sing "Who killed..."; Tenpole Tudor did.

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but Sid Vicious didn't sing "Who killed...";
He did too, but not to forget The Misfits, Nekromantics, and Eighteen Vision and not of them were takling Bambi!
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Talking Such knowledge...outstanding!

I can safely say that I have learnt more from this post than any other...ever. Should I wish to take the risk, I have learnt where to buy bits of elastic with hooks on the end, discovered ROK straps, and after all these years realised that more than just Tenpole recorded "Who killed Bambi?".

Matt, I have simply given up searching for adequate arse-scratch cover and find it much simpler and cost-effective to buy in-country. I have done this ever since I lost my six year no-claim discount after forgetting to trim my finger nails one day.

All together now: WHO KILLED BAM-BI!! WHO KILLED BAM-BI!! ... WHO KILLED BAM-BI!!!!!!
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I think you have been missinformed, bungees are still widely available. car accessory shops (even Halfords) military suppliers, outdoor shops etc etc
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You're right!

Yep, it appears that you are right Moggy, and after all that palaver! It seems that they can be acquired at Halfords at a mere £3.99 per pair. Lesson: Stoke motor accessory retailers are full of shit. Still bleedin' leaving though!
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As I wipe a tear from my eye I think fondly of the good old days when we used to play in the woods. Making crued weapons out of bungee cords, golf clubs and anchovies. Ofcourse that was until the day of the accident and Kenny snuffed it....


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Hi there,
I make my own bungees with bicycle inner tubes and coat hanger wire, they stretch well, last for ages, nice and long, grip to whatever you tie down and don't get pinched off your bike either.

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Hi there,
I make my own bungees with bicycle inner tubes and coat hanger wire, they stretch well, last for ages, nice and long, grip to whatever you tie down and don't get pinched off your bike either.

Cheers
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You don't even need the coathangers, if you are prepared to fiddle a bit. Tie one end of the inner tube (sliced into 3/4 inch strips) to the luggage rack (or somewhere on the bike) and just keep wrapping your goodies up. Slip the ned under previous loops and Robert is most certainly your fathers brother...

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Personally I see no reason to insure myself against my own actions. I mean try getting insurance for suicide! Now what I do to someone else is another question ...

Andy Strapz ...
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ER nurse who got sick and tire of people takin out their eyes with bungees and having them show up in the ER ... so designed his own system - eye safe.
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