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Securing friction tiedown straps for the anal retentive

Bryan II

As the article title says, I'm a bit anal about how I tie down my bikes. But, I'm old, cranky and don't care if my riding buddies don't like it, so I'm good.

1. Cinch down the straps like you normally would.

2. Tie a simple knot below the friction buckle with the loose strap and slide it up against the buckle. The knot doesn't need to be tight. Its purpose is so that in order for the friction buckle to loosen, it has to suck the knot through it (not happenin').


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3. Take the excess, loose strap and feed it through the eyelet on the top s-hook and route it downward.


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4. Finally, tie a slip knot, securing the loose strap to the tight portion of the strap below the friction buckle by pulling the slip knot loop downward until tight.


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I've been securing bikes like this for many moons and I've never had a since issue. Of course, this assumes that the strap webbing is in good shape to begin with. And no, this doesn't mean you can now drive like Mario Andretti when hauling your bikes. Leave the haulin' A for the track or trail. 👍

Do you have a different tie down method that has served you well? Share it up in the comments below. Are you friction or ratchet strap guy and why?

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i do the slip knot and release  the buckle to suck up the knot and thats all .. if you use the first knot and for get to untie it or the buckel slips a bit you`re stuck with a knot in the line thats hard to remove..

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I use the bungee loops to hold excess straps. wal mart sells them they are the ones with it wood knobs and a loop of small bungee cord much simpler than threading and tying 

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I drive a ZR2 S-10 Blazer with enclosed trailer and front wheel locking chocks .  I use ratchet straps in front and these pull tight or friction straps on the rear just to keep them from swinging around. I'll have to try this , last fall i had my sons 03 cr125 buck loose and ruin my way too expensive graphics on my 01 cr250 , Thanks for the info. guys and here's a bit more. If you need more than 2 strokes you're just playing with it . 😉 

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