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  • barefoot
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    After thinking about it for a day, I decided to cut off the metal tabs on my new Brain Bag and replace them with the cord pulls. Now that it is done, I am extremely pleased! It looks great and now I can be super stealthy.

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  • jonefed
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    I use nite Ize 3" Gear Ties (Gear Tie | Nite Ize)
    They are secure and quiet and east to use
    I was using Nite Ize S-Biners (S-Biner - Stainless Steel | Nite Ize)
    They were okay but wore the paint off the zippers and sometimes fell off
    I ride a motorcycle and don't want my pack to open up.
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  • Kichen$ink
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    Wow...the navy color really is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Walker
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    Tonight, I installed cord pulls on my new Aeronaut. I like the way the cord pulls are done on the photos attached by @dmauder quoted by @moriond in post #5 of this thread.

    I assembled the cord pulls first, in the way @Lani descibed. Then I looped the cord through the hole at the bottom of the zipper pull. Bring it to the top hole, slip it over the top of the tab. May need to tug gently to get it through. Voila! Cord pull is installed, just as I like it. The plastic tab of the cord pull just skims over the top end of the metal zipper pull. No extra cord to get caught on anything.

    The tags come off the Aeronaut tomorrow. Taking her on her first trip during the memorial weekend.
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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by snowbot View Post
    I bought some cord from REI and cut it to useful lengths to thread my zipper pulls the way Lani describes. I think that my cord is a bit thicker than the Tom Bihn cord, so getting the end caps on was a bear!
    One trick to make it easier to get the cord to fit into the pincers end... I used to try to push the ends up into the pincer, which is a real hassle. What I do instead is... you thread the two ends of the cord through the plastic skirt (you know the part, right? That looks upside down with the wide end up). Then you grasp the cord ends to make sure you've pulled them taut, and you straddle the two ends of the cord on either side of the pinchers, and aligned so that when the cord ends fit into the pincer, the ends of fit inside the pincer and don't stick out.

    Then, slowly press the sides of the cord ends inward into the pincers. If the cord is thicker than the pincer, you won't be able to get it all the way in--that's OK.

    Now with the cord ends snuggly straddling the pincer, carefully tug at the cord from the looped end. Don't pull too fast; just tug at it slowly and evenly with one hand, while with the other, you make sure the cord ends stay smooshed into the pincer. Depending on the thickness of the cord, you will feel some resistance as the cord ends start to get pulled into the skirt with the pincer. Just keep at it, and at some point, you may need to periodically push in any cord that tries to push itself out of the pincer. But you should be able to pull the cord through, and the skirt will automatically act as an aligner to keep the cord ends in place.

    Let the pulling motion and the skirt rail the cord ends in place for you so you aren't having to fight it.

    See if that works.

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  • snowbot
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    I bought some cord from REI and cut it to useful lengths to thread my zipper pulls the way Lani describes. I think that my cord is a bit thicker than the Tom Bihn cord, so getting the end caps on was a bear!

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  • dmauder
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    Originally posted by Lani View Post
    The cords I got from Tom Bihn are 4.5" long. Did you get yours from Tom Bihn? I can see how 3.5" would be too short. At that length you'd really need to clip the zipper tabs off, and I don't know that you want to do that.

    If your cords are from TB, you might want to ask them if they could send you longer ones. At 4.5" it's tricky but very doable, but at that length I get one inch of cord to work with.
    Yes, the 3.5" cords came with my new TS from Tom Bihn. I would love to get longer ones, preferably around 6".

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  • Chiro75
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    I always cut metal zipper pulls off bags and replace them with 550 paracord. ITW's Tac Toggles are awesome to add if you want a little more grip/grab on the replaced pulls.

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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by dmauder View Post
    The cords I received are 3.5" long.
    The cords I got from Tom Bihn are 4.5" long. Did you get yours from Tom Bihn? I can see how 3.5" would be too short. At that length you'd really need to clip the zipper tabs off, and I don't know that you want to do that.

    If your cords are from TB, you might want to ask them if they could send you longer ones. At 4.5" it's tricky but very doable, but at that length I get one inch of cord to work with.

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  • dmauder
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    Originally posted by darbs View Post
    dmauder, Have you thought about just taking the metal pulls off and replacing them with the cords? That is what I did on my MCB. I know dorayme posted a link above to another thread discussing this very thing. I'd seriously consider that if it is bothering you that much. Good luck!
    I know that is an option, but I could never bring myself to purposely mutilate my new TB bag! I will probably just go buy some cord myself and use the TB plastic parts.

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  • darbs
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    dmauder, Have you thought about just taking the metal pulls off and replacing them with the cords? That is what I did on my MCB. I know dorayme posted a link above to another thread discussing this very thing. I'd seriously consider that if it is bothering you that much. Good luck!

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  • dmauder
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    I finally got my TS today and I see no possible way to loop the cord zipper pulls as shown in the pics from moriond or Lani. There is simply not enough cord....

    The cords I received are 3.5" long. The TS has some short/stubby zipper pulls, and some longer ones (on the front pockets). Even on the short/stubby zippers, if I loop the cord through the back hole of the zipper pull as shown in the pics above, there is barely more than 1/2" of cord sticking past the end of the zipper pull, and it's impossible to get the plastic thingy on and clamped to the cord. I tried every which way to coax it on, but it just ain't happenin'.

    I checked my other (non-TB) bag and the cords are just over 6" long, so there is more than enough to loop them around as needed.

    The only way I can use the TB cord pulls is to just loop them through the large hole in the end of each metal zipper pull. That's not really what I wanted to do, and I also don't t think it will silence the metal jingling noise.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by apbailey View Post
    Thanks dorayme, moriond, and backpack. I purchased some zipper pulls from another retailer and tried the method above. They certainly help the jingling but make the bag look less professional (I'm vain, I know .

    I'll try the liquid rubber. Thanks for the tip, Lani.
    I have seen zipper pulls from other sources but I think Tom Bihn's look the most professional.

    Yet another solution is to use the 8" Key Straps, the weight of the 8" Key Strap prevent the zipper from moving (I have only tested them on the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag at a walking pace, I can't vouch for the noise level at sprinting speed)

    Key Strap: TOM BIHN

    Color Key Strap: TOM BIHN


    One zipper can also hold an Handle Loop, handy when wearing gloves or having sticky hands (the pinkie can do the job of opening the bag)

    Handle Loop: TOM BIHN

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  • Lani
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    It's a little bit of a tight operation, but you can do the same with Tom Bihn zipper pulls. Check it out:

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  • apbailey
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    Thanks dorayme, moriond, and backpack. I purchased some zipper pulls from another retailer and tried the method above. They certainly help the jingling but make the bag look less professional (I'm vain, I know .

    I'll try the liquid rubber. Thanks for the tip, Lani.

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