Imagine you are on a road trip and your side cases and top case are full. It is a hot day and you have no where to store your riding gear and boots
and you certainly don't want to carry them everywhere you go. The first thing I do when I arrive at my destination is to change out of my riding pants and boots, and put on more comfortable footwear. In the past I have used cable locks through the sleeves of my jacket, and you can also do this with your pant legs, but I have been leaving my boots unattended under my bike. So far I have not "lost" any boots but if you are travelling it may not be easy to find a suitable replacement on short notice. I thought that there was a better solution so BeemerGirl suggested the PacSafe 85L which she had been using for a few years
Earlier in the week I stopped by our local MEC.ca to pick one up. They come in 3 sizes and I was not sure which one to purchase but I settled on the 85 Litre model. I would rather it be a bit too large than too small. It comes with its own carrying case .
Removed from its case it resembles an expanding, stainless steel wire duffel bag with a drawstring opening which can be cinched and locked to a stationary object (ie: the frame of your bike). I didn't read the instructions but I found it easy to use and not very difficult to put back into its case
I folded up my jacket and stuffed it into the opening. Then I folded my riding pants and put it in there too. There is still room for my boots
I cinched the top and put on the lock. There is another longer piece of wire with a loop which can be wrapped around a fixed object and can also be secured to the lock
There it is, my riding gear secured in the bag. When I am away from my bike I can put my riding gear into this wire security bag and attach it somewhere to the frame of my bike and I don't have to worry about someone "borrowing" it from me.
The next step was to remove my riding clothes and put this mesh bag away. It is easier to lay it out and let it go back into its natural "parked" position. It more or less springs back itself and all you have to do is "help" it a bit
Like an accordian you gather it together and twist a bit to fold it in half, then you can stuff it back into its case, making sure not to "pinch" it. Let the wires arc as you gently bend it . Once in its case, you gently bend it in half again and use the strong velcro straps to hold it there
There it is. My new PacSafe . I think it will come in very handy to secure your bulky items when away from your bike. If you have valuables in your pockets, just fold your jacket so that the pockets are on the Inside of your folds as small hands can access small items through the wire mesh. I am not sure how strong the wire is, but not many people carry wire cutters with them. You are just minimizing random opportunies of chance. Thieves will just move on to the next bike, at least, that's what I am hoping
Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with PacSafe. I have not received nor do I expect any compensation from them but I am hoping that their product will save me a lot of grief