Easy Reacher Pack: New Elastic Cord

The elastic cord behind the left-side under-seat Easy Reacher pack on my Tour Easy snapped some time ago, probably due to wear against the brace I installed to keep it from flopping around. Quite contrary to what I expected, the repair turned out to be almost trivially easy.

The cord terminates in a pair of plastic lugs, each with a ferrule that slipped off under moderate persuasion to reveal a pair of wedges that engaged the cord:

Easy Reacher pack - elastic cord clamp
Easy Reacher pack – elastic cord clamp

I expected the ferrule to have a positive lock engaging those wedges, but, nope, there’s (at most) a small ridge. Pry the wedges out and the cord slides out of the lug without a protest; the wedges don’t quite meet in the middle with the ferrule in place and there’s plenty of retention force on that flexy cord.

One of the shorter bungie cords in my collection turned out to be exactly the right diameter and length, with ends secured in its hooks using a simple crimped wire. Bending the ends of the wire at right angles freed the cord from its embrace:

Easy Reacher pack - unclamping new elastic cord
Easy Reacher pack – unclamping new elastic cord

The original stainless steel hook lies by the edge of the road along my usual bicycling route, but a slightly reshaped S hook (made, alas, of ordinary steel) fits around the cord well enough. When this one rusts away, I have plenty more.

Insert cord into lugs, push ferrules over locking wedges, remove one ferrule and lug, install reshaped S hook, reinstall lug and ferrule, install new cord on pack:

Easy Reacher pack - new elastic cord
Easy Reacher pack – new elastic cord

Install pack on bike: done!

I have no explanation for how well this worked out; I fear the Universe is saving up spit for something truly awful.

6 thoughts on “Easy Reacher Pack: New Elastic Cord

  1. For what it’s worth, you probably can get bungee cording by-the-foot at either Home Depot or your friendly farm supply store. I got some for a dedicated tarp cover for a trailer some years back. I also got some plastic adjustable strap hooks with another bungee assortment, but so far, I haven’t found a need for those.

    1. I keep meaning to stop at the Tractor Supply store across the river, but it’s just inconvenient enough (left turn across a 4 lane highway by bike) that I never get there. From what I hear, though, it’ll be worth hauling the trailer!

      1. I got some windshield fluid at TSC on the road in Wyoming. Like any decent farm supply store, they have a bit of everything. It was impressive, considering the city population of 9K people. I passed on the chicks and ducklings, though. [grin]

  2. Bending the ends of the wire at right angles freed the cord

    Ah, someone else who knows how to apply force effectively. Most people try to unwrap the wire, which is deucedly difficult. The “two pliers opposite rotation” gambit is much easier.

    1. Crunched the bottom in the bench vise and attacked the ends with linesman’s pliers: they never stood a chance!

      Side note: it’s amazing what you can accomplish when the patient doesn’t have to survive the operation.

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