This little strap has turned out to be one of the most versatile and downright indispensable accessories a utility bicyclist could ask for. We like it so much that we keep a few stashed here-and-there on various bicycles, just for those times when we need one to solve some unanticipated problem. Here are a few ways in which an Irish Strap might be used in a pinch:
- To stabilize an overstuffed pannier (see above)
- To lash a laptop or u-lock to a rack
- As a belt
- As a pant cuff strap
- To stabilize a rando or porteur bag
- As a secondary camera strap
- To lash a basket or crate to a rack
- To compress a sleeping bag
- As a toe strap
- As a sling (yikes!)
- As a leash for a lost dog encountered on a ride
- As a tent stabilizer
- To hang a lantern
- Etc., etc., etc….
I have a drawer full of velcro straps that rarely get used because they have a limited range of adjustment and they’re difficult to draw tight. I also have a bunch of double loop straps with plastic hardware that are pretty much useless. In contrast, the Irish Strap has a clasp made of metal that absolutely does not slip; it’s plenty long* but adjustable all the way down to just a couple of inches; it’s wide enough, but not too wide, so it’s strong, yet it fits many of the loops and handles on bike bags, tents, and such; and finally, it’s made in Ireland and it looks terrific, which should count for something.
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*The Irish Strap is available in either 19″ or 39″ lengths. The 39 incher is far more versatile and you can always wrap the excess strap back on itself if the length isn’t needed for a particular task.