Original Free Range – QuickStrap

I’m always looking for better ways to strap gear to my bike. Having a solid system that allows you to forget about your gear until you need to use it, then allows you to access it immediately is the best way to have it secured. Not many systems will afford you this luxury, but the QuickStrap does, and it does it well.

The QuickStrap seemed like any other strap at first.
Watch our video review to hear more about our thoughts on the QuickStrap

First Impressions

My good friend Josh (@pennypinchingcyclist) put up a video in July of 2019 about this new product called the Tube Beanie that was a seat bag alternative from a company called Original Free Range in Arizona. As with most new, small companies making innovative bike gear, I gave them a follow on Instagram and liked what they were doing. A short while later, I entered one of their giveaways that they do very frequently and I actually won!

Soon, a QuickStrap was in my mailbox and I started trying to figure out how I was going to use this new piece of gear. It was a little confusing at first, I saw these three pieces of high-quality, grippy textured neoprene with velcro that were all attached. I saw pictures on the website, but which piece went where and how would I strap it to my bike. I found this description on the website, ” Inner part wraps around a frame tube or saddle rails, middle part grabs your gear tight and the outer part locks everything in place.” I still wasn’t too confident that I had everything right at first, but after comparing my way of setting it up with the photos on the website, I was sure I had it right.

The inner strap part wrapped around the frame.
The middle piece on the right, outer piece on the left.
This is how the middle piece connects to the outer piece.

To be honest, I wondered how often I would be using this QuickStrap. I mean, I have tried “enduro straps” before and wasn’t too much of a fan because I didn’t want to touch the thing and then find that all my gear had been left somewhere down the trail. None of the other straps I had tried previously had ever secured my gear well enough, nor had they held securely to my bike frame. The other straps always slipped around and loosened up when the trail got rough.

As I strapped my Bottle Pod, the bottle shaped, zippered, semi-rigid container that carries all my tools and spare tube to my frame using the QuickStrap, I immediately realized this strap was different. It is super easy to get the strap to stay put on the frame, then secure your item(s) within the middle piece, then strap down hard with the outer piece. I really liked how easy it was to quickly get my item on the bike and off again. It doesn’t weigh that much, at 54 grams, which is about the weight of a high quality water bottle cage. Although it doesn’t weigh a whole lot, the materials felt way more premium than any other strap I had used previously. The premium grade neoprene that they use in the QuickStrap really stretches well while feeling strong. Its a hard balance to achieve with many materials.

The only other strap that has even come close to having this type of stretchy, but strong characteristic is the Voile Strap. The issue I have with the Voile Strap is that there are holes that you must use to close the strap and they definitely have rattled around into spots on my frame, bars, or racks that allow them to loosen up on my gear a little bit. This can lead to lost gear in certain circumstances. Would the QuickStrap perform the same?

Results & Hard Use

I found myself using this strap most often to hold that Bottle Pod with my tools and spare tube. Its a pretty heavy piece of kit with a bottle of sealant, tire lever, patch kit, sewing kit, 29er tube, Lezyne Tubeless Repair Kit, and a few other items. I forgot it was at the bottom of my down tube, right by the bottom bracket for the vast majority of my riding. I would check it on the first few rides during stops for photos or to grab a snack. All seemed just like I left it. Super secure. I rode the Granite Dells in Prescott, AZ quite a bit during this testing period and was very surprised that I didn’t rattle it loose or pop it off while scraping it on boulders.

Another thing I realized it that it stores flat, unlike bottle cages. Storing it flat is nice, both in my parts bin at home, as well as in a bikepacking bag while on the trail.

Folds flat!

Keeping it in a bikepacking bag, such as a frame bag’s map pocket could prove extremely useful if you resupply with a large water bottle from a convenience store or supermarket along your route.

When other places aren’t available, the top tube might work.
Looking down at the top tube.

You could mount it to the top tube, down tube, seat, or possibly even the fork legs.

1 Liter water bottle mounted to the saddle rails!

The design elements of the strap make it much easier to use than I had originally imagined.

Outer velcro piece

The velcro is positioned very strategically so that it initially grips on the inner piece, then really secures with the additional outer piece once you have it positioned where you want it. There is also this small piece of plastic tube sewn into the outer piece so you can get it undone, even with gloves one.

Plastic tubing sewn into the outer piece.

The premium neoprene with the grippy surface is just the right material for this application. It keeps the items secure with just enough stretch, but never feels like I will rip it apart from pulling too hard. The width of the strap is appropriate as well. If if was narrower, the items would slip and/or twist out of being held securely and if it was wider, it would add weight and be too cumbersome.

Final Thoughts

It has been very durable and I will gladly purchase another QuickStrap for my other bikes, my son’s bikes, and as gifts for friends. Its a simple solution that is versatile and durable while being able to pack it anywhere on a trip. If I hadn’t won this strap in a giveaway contest, I never would have thought that I would appreciate an accessory like this, but here I am, writing and recording video about a small piece of gear that I find myself reaching for way more often than I could imagine.

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