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Old 03-02-11, 05:14 PM   #1
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Nashbar ATB panniers

Who has 'em? And could you answer a couple of questions?

-They are sold in pairs. Are they two individual bags or are they saddlebags that are connected to each other?
-IIRC, don't these have the mounting hardware mounted a little lower on the bag, causing them to ride a little higher than most panniers?
-And can they somehow be linked together off the bike to make transporting them easier?
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1. They are not connected.
2. Fully loaded, they might stick out 6 inches above the top of the rack.
3. They have some metal clasps on them, but I could never figured out what they were for. You can hold the carrying straps together if you want, that works well even. I normally just use one at a time unless I'm touring or hauling.

I've had mine for about 3 years now; they've held up nicely for $40 panniers.
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I like mine. They're getting pretty worn, but they held up very well. They go on sale for $30 or so very often, I paid $28 for my pair.

A few months back I bought the Nashbar waterproof pannier set on sale, I was getting tired of having to put everything in plastic bags for the ATB panniers all the time, and also even when it wasn't going to rain, if I put a camera or something in there, given the gravel roads I ride on, everything got permeated with dust with the ATBs.

They do have some snap buttons on straps at the top, but I also couldn't figure out what they heck they were for.
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I have a pair that I commute with, usually just one at the time though.

They are actually on sale for $20 right now.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes//Catalo...rm=atb+pannier
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They can be connected together. I used then for carry on when I flew.

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The snaps are used to snap the left and right bag together, making them easier to carry when off the bike. When snapped together, the two bags feel like one when you carry them, I found this was helpful when I parked my bike downstairs and used both bags. One less thing to worry about while trying to open doors and carrying water bottles, my helmet, etc... The velcro straps are used to secure the bags to the rack, but if you use a trunk rack with the ATB bags the velcro straps are pretty hard to use. I think they put them on for people who were worried the bags were going to fly off. Those are great bags, don't forget to put your stuff in plastic bags if you want to keep things dry if you ride in the rain.
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The snaps are used to snap the left and right bag together, making them easier to carry when off the bike. When snapped together, the two bags feel like one when you carry them, I found this was helpful when I parked my bike downstairs and used both bags. One less thing to worry about while trying to open doors and carrying water bottles, my helmet, etc... The velcro straps are used to secure the bags to the rack, but if you use a trunk rack with the ATB bags the velcro straps are pretty hard to use. I think they put them on for people who were worried the bags were going to fly off. Those are great bags, don't forget to put your stuff in plastic bags if you want to keep things dry if you ride in the rain.
So they attach via velcro instead of the old hooks at the top with bungee at the bottom? Just how sturdy is that kind of set-up? And how much time does it take to mount/remove?
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They have hooks on top and a bunge hook for the bottom of your rack.
Easy on and off.

The velcro is to connect the two bags as one handle.
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As much as I hate to disagree with 10 Wheels, I've always used the Velcro to wrap around the rack rail to keep the pannier from bouncing off. There are three snaps for connecting the bags together for easy carrying.
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As much as I hate to disagree with 10 Wheels, I've always used the Velcro to wrap around the rack rail to keep the pannier from bouncing off. There are three snaps for connecting the bags together for easy carrying.
Never had a bouncing problem. Guess racks are different.
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Just ordered a pair myself. Coupon code "OUTMAR" takes another 10% off so can't be beat at that price.
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Anyone else have the fabric the draw string is attached to rip apart from the bag? Happened to both of mine the first month.

Between that, and the velcro that's nearly required to keep it from ejecting got old fast.

I really wish I'd not bought them. $20 wasn't much, but I'd of been better off buying mounting hardware and using a bucket.

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For me, the bungee isn't enough to hold the bags on tightly, if you hook the bungee into the RACK. However, if you pull it down lower (to a piece of frame like the seat stay or a hole in the drop out), it stays put just fine. I never use the velcro.
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The velcro loops can help to stabilize the pannier on the rack as well keeping it on when hitting a bad bump. Probably not needed when staying on roads, but can be useful on some trails. As mentioned, they can be used individually and stick up a bit over the rack when full but you could easily just leave them a little underpacked if you want the racktop area to be fairly flat.
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Not too concerned about keeping the racktop flat. More concerned about heel strike. Since it appears that these mount higher than the typical pannier, they just might fill the bill. One bag should be sufficient for most of the time, the second one would come in handy to deal with the layers of clothing that I go through during these 30-40F daily temp swings.
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I've had mine bounce off if the velcro wasn't looped and I hit a pothole or something.

The snaps on mine did NOT mate with one another. All I can think of is that maybe they were meant to mate with a trunk bag.
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That's how I mount mine. I use the same rack trunk and use a Topeak explorer rack. The rack trunk needs to be wiggled off to the side to get the hooks on the rack and keeps the panniers from bouncing off. It's not too hard to mount the panniers without using the velcro, I keep the velcro strips that mount the rack trunk loose enough to give me enough room to slide the panniers onto the rack. A rack with a separate set of rails for pannier mounting would be better (TSL has one of those), but mine works fine with enough slack in the mounting strips for the rack trunk.

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