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    Show us your Eclipse racks and bags!

    Hey all -

    I was able to score a set of Eclipse "professional" panniers and a rear rack off of Craig's List earlier this year, and I *love* them. I'm looking to get a front rack for the same bike, but haven't seen any Eclipse front racks on Craig's List or ebay yet.

    I'd love to see your front racks, handlebar bags, saddle bags, panniers, etc., so I can see what all might be out there in the world. Would help me decide if I should continue to hunt for Eclipse stuff to complete my set, or if I should just go for a Nitto, Tubus, or something else.

    So, yeah. Show 'em if ya got 'em!

    Here's a not-great photo of my "Professional" model pannier:


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    Imported from Ann Arbor!
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    Senior Member truckface's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
    Imported from Ann Arbor!
    Is that where they were made originally? I don't think I knew that.

    Did they ever make a low-rider rack?

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    Mr. Jackson, the founder died all too young.

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    1984 Trek 614 I snagged off CL had an Eclipse rear rack. I'd love to find some bags.


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    Like the classic Eclipse bags, I have a soft spot for the original Cannondale bags from the '70s. I have two sets of rear panniers, different models, both Cannondale. I have a handlebar bag that is Eclipse.

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    These items came as spare accessories with the CILO touring bike I bought a while back. The panniers are now in commuting service with my CILO, while the spare rack found its way onto my Peugeot Versailles, also in commuting service, with panniers from Taiga. There is no brand on the rack that I spotted, so I'm not contending it's Eclipse; it just happens to be in the same photo with the panniers.

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    The early Eclipse (Transcontinentals?) scored over the Cannondale (Overlander?) (IMO) in two ways.
    First, the Eclipse main compartment had a zippered flap allowing you to separate it into two compartments, with zippered access to the bottom half and top load access to the upper half. Tools and HS (heavy stuff) could go on the bottom, with some food or whatever on top - without getting squished.
    Second, I really liked the top loading. Bought a new set of Cannondales once, but found some Eclipse leftovers at an LBS and sold the one to buy the other. They also made an adapter to allow Eclipse bags on a regular rack. Still works.

    Later Eclipse panniers seem to have had a more standard mounting system. Have a set of those I still sometimes use for commuting duty.

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    have a complete set that's basically brand new but they literally sat on a barn inside a plastic bag and they have a horse smell , I'll take some pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard View Post
    The early Eclipse (Transcontinentals?) scored over the Cannondale (Overlander?) (IMO) in two ways.
    First, the Eclipse main compartment had a zippered flap allowing you to separate it into two compartments, with zippered access to the bottom half and top load access to the upper half.
    Yep, that would indeed be the Transcontinental model. Almost scored a shiny orange pair + rack on ebay a few months back, but got beaten by a few bucks in the last millisecond.

    Quote Originally Posted by guzziee View Post
    have a complete set that's basically brand new but they literally sat on a barn inside a plastic bag and they have a horse smell , I'll take some pics.
    Awesome! Definitely take some pics, and let me know if the smell gets to be too much for you.

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    Eclipse front and rear panniers

    Quote Originally Posted by simmonsgc View Post
    1984 Trek 614 I snagged off CL had an Eclipse rear rack. I'd love to find some bags.

    If you're still looking, I have a full set of front and rear Eclipse panniers (red) along with Blackburn front (lowrider) and rear (with integrated trunk bag as well).

    I can't figure out how to attach photos.

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    I have a few bikes with these and several sets of the bags...they show on ebay from time to time. They also had struts that made other racks compatible with the bags.


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    Original Centurion rack, with the adapters to mount Eclipse bags. Eclipse handlebar bag also:

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    The horrid yellow bar tape is gone, it has a slight riser stem on it, Gary 2 bars, and it's been converted to 700c with indexed 9speed barends.
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