Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Vancouver BC CANADA
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caution if you have panniers
just a word of warning to folks to be careful ...dont do what i did
Sunday April 12, yucky rainy windy day. went out for a short ride to get some shopping done.
It was ~ a 5km ride. Load up panniers at last stop. start heading for home.
The style of pannier i have ...a large bag open on top, flip top type lid, straps and clips pull the top down from bottom strap.
i get literally one and a quarter blocks from home...going up a 20degree incline at around 10kph. i hear a BANG and the bike stops...what the flying fanny farmer happened now says i ...
the strap...was not clipped in..was hanging down...it got sucked into the derailler...the bottom part of the derailler was now up above the axel and jammed into the spokes. tore the derailer in 2 parts. 2 spokes broken. derailler hanger bracket snapped in 2 pieces. Chain did not break but was all twisted up..back wheel locked up tight. Had to lift the rear of bike and practically carry it home...ouch with 40Lb worth of stuffs in packs
so if you have packs like that.. make sure things are not hanging down...i sure as heck wont be moving until i double check those straps