Bike Gear Reviews
ROK Straps Review
Review Date 31 July 2017
By Stephen Latchford
Ok so you have a big bag, tent etc to fix to your bike without causing damage. This where ROK Straps come into their own.
For over 30 years I have used bungee hooks with success but sometimes they have let go from not being hooked on properly and have whipped me, cut my hands and scratched the bikes I have owned. I found you need the right length bungee to do the job and you never seem to have it. A friend of mine suggested ROK Straps and showed them to me in the accessory department at a bike shop, so I bought a pair of 42" straps in black.
Because I have the luxury of my 'adapted' Ventura rack I am spoilt for choice as to where to loop each separate end of the straps. You simply feed the loop round a bar and thread the other part of that strap through the loop and pull tight, that's it. You do just the same for the other part of the strap. Then simply put your bag on the bike, connect both parts of the straps together with a reassuring click and then pull tight until you feel the elasticated part near to the end of its limit.
The elasticated end looped around the rack.
The clip is strong.
Because I had to secure quite a large bag to my rack I bought two more 42" black straps so there are four to do the job now and they do it very well. I was impressed so much by these I bought two more in green in the smaller size (can't remember what it is but about 24" or 26") and these secure my tent separately on the rear of the rack, see the pics.
Things I like
The buckles are plastic but strong
They loop around almost anything
Nice and strong elasticated section
Things I don't like
.............. Erm ? Nothing
How do you fix your kit to your bike? If you'd like to share a brief review then drop Ren a line - firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank L said :-
ROK STRAPS! I wouldn't go back to using elasticated cords now I have these.
09/08/2017 05:15:56 UTC
Pocketpete said :-
I had never heard of rok straps until 6 months ago. When I started my new job they used these for fastening 65 to 70" tv's to the inside of large carrying boxes.
I thought they were specifically designed by the company I never knew you could buy them off the shelf. They are tough yet springy and offer some shock protection for the tv's and never seem to loosen off unless you want them to.
Great bit of kit.
09/08/2017 07:08:21 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Never used them as my luggage has generally been of the hard variety but they must be an improvement over the conventional elastics which have a great probability of gashing your hands or worse.
10/08/2017 09:18:53 UTC
Borsuk said :-
Bought a set after reading Stephen's review about them. Sounds a lot better than bungee cords. Might get some more for the quad as well once I try them out. Bungees are a lot cheaper but they wear out quickly and as he said you have to buy different sizes to secure stuff correctly.
10/08/2017 11:54:48 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Let us know how your get on Borsuk. I had a play with Latchy's ROK Straps last week. They're actually a lot lot smaller than I thought and the plastic clip did not look sturdy enough. I did give it a good pull to no effect and Latchy assures me it's more than up to the task.
I might buy a pair and give 'em what for.
14/08/2017 03:23:11 UTC
Hammo said :-
Well worth the money, be it tying on the camping gear or just having them on the top box for quickly tucking your gloves under if your moving the bike a short distance
18/08/2017 05:13:45 UTC
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