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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Locking down a sissybar bag?
So I'm planning some long rides this year, and am adding a sissybar bag with duffle roll to my bike for the travels.
I do have a luggage rack on my bike, this information will help to know.
I'm trying to figure out a way that I can lock down the back to the bike, not just strap it down but actually lock it down to the bike.
I've though of a couple of ideas, but there are draw backs to each and was wondering if anyone might have some suggestions.
Idea #1 was to just use some cable locks and run from top straps or through grommet holes placed a top of the bag and down to the rack itself.
Problem with this would be trying to one get the grommets installed in the right place due to the back being already sewn together. Also that it's still a bit easy to pull off the bike, because you could easily just cut out the two grommets and the cable would be released.
Idea #2 would be instead to use a metal plate inside the bottom of the bag and drill holes through it that line up with grommet holes in the bottom of the bag. Then running a U-lock or cable lock through the wholes and attach to the rack. This would prevent the ability to cut out the grommets
Problem with this would be, that the holes would not be a the top of the bag, but rather at the bottom, which could cause water to get into them when taken off the bike, bu I don't think that would be too much of an issue really. The only other problem I see would be once again getting the grommets in due to not being able to reach.
Maybe I'm overthinking this, as I sometimes tend to do but do any of you have any ideas or solutions that have worked for you. I know that a lock is only to keep honest people out, I'm just wanting to make it hard for someone who might be tempted to just pull a huge bag off a bike.