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Tiffin with bungees

serenity_valley's recent bento diaries have been inspiring me to get back to taking my lunch to work.

I came up with a novel solution for transporting it.

Clyde Tiffin Bungees

Inside, I baked a little chicken pot pie right into the bottom section, then had some veggies in the middle and a little Elvis Cake in the top.

With two bungees, it was quite stable--so much so that it wasn't all that easy to get off! As I was waiting for the light at 9th and Weidler, a woman crossed the street in front of me with an identical tiffin. Tiffin solidarity! And when I got to work, a guy in the garage said, "Hey! Is that your lunch? That looks pretty cool."

Note: the chicken pie was only so-so, and the brussels sprouts needed soy sauce, which I forgot. Much, much better lunches are in my near future.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.


Feb. 4th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
Are the 'bungees' elasticated bungee cords that have a bit of a snap to them? If so, please recomsider your method. Nasty, nasty eye imjuries result all too frequently from those things. They make me shudder.
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that never crossed my mind! Yes, they're soft, stretchy cord loops ending in big plastic balls. Since they're secured under the flanges of the tiffin, even if they came undone, they would fall to the ground with the tiffin. (Also, the whole thing is mounted at about knee level when I'm riding)

But I'll definitely remember your advice when I'm considering other cargo methods.
Feb. 5th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
It's not coming undone while you ride that is the problem, though when the elastic gets worn they can snap unexpectedly, it's when you are securing them or releasing them. If you fumble, those plastic balls can become a projectile heading for your eye at great speed. That sort of blunt trauma easily results in blindness. Hook ones are even worse, as they can also penetrate the eye, not uncommonly resulting in loss of the eye.

When you are attaching them or releasing them, it's unlikely your eyes are out of range.

Try googling 'bungee cord' and 'eye' if you want to see how common such injuries are.
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Ack! I'll take your word for it and not do the googling.

I can see that there will be a traditional bike basket in my future!
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Sorry to scare you. It's just that those things scare me. But your tiffin looks lovely on your bike. Is there a non-elasticated way of securing it? A different type of strap that doesn't have recoil?
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
There are always leather straps. *waggles eyebrows*



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