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Old 04-23-14, 08:11 PM   #1
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Okay to bungee pannier to seat stay?

I just put a rack on my bike so I can hang panniers off the back-I need more space than my small messenger bag and don't like the sweat from the strap.

I'm using these bags: Tandem Pannier Bag | Bike Pannier Bag | Shoulder Bag - Timbuk2 Bags

There is a little stretching cord+hook on each bag. I initially stretched them to the bottom of the rack(a topeak super tourist TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - Super Tourist DX Tubular Rack w/disc Mounts (w/o Spring) ), at the junction of the front and middle support. But the panniers would fall off.

So I started clipping them to the seat stay instead. No problems on day one, at least. But I'm not doing anything stupid or dangerous this way, right? I figure not, but I'd rather my wheel not fall off in the middle of a ride.

Or if it does, that's something I want recorded, because it'd be funny as hell.
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Old 04-23-14, 09:10 PM   #2
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Well, it's really a matter of if it's secure or not, and only you can tell us that. If the panniers and straps/cords can't work loose and get into the wheel or drivetrain, and stay in place over bumps, you should be fine.
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You could always shorten the cord so that it will attach to the rack.
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You could always shorten the cord so that it will attach to the rack.
Seems to me that's the right answer.

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I'd think you'd be fine. My panniers had those bungees on the side too, but they eventually ripped off. I haven't used them for over a year and the bag is still securely attached to the rack by the top straps. Are you saying that those panniers only attach with the bungees?
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I use double sided velcro straps for my steel cage. The thing is heavy, about 2kg, and I use it to get groceries to carry an extra 10-15kg. I used to use bungee chords and zip ties, but those would break over hard bumps (even the bungee chord), and I never felt safe and secure with it. The double sided velcro strap lets me take off the basket easier and feels a lot more durable. $8 at your local home improvement store for about 2 meters of roll. I also use the extra velcro to hold onto my spare tube and keep my bicycle chain neat and orderly.

(Sometimes I take off the basket to work on the bike or to join group rides ~16mph.)
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Old 04-24-14, 09:18 AM   #7
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"There is a little stretching cord+hook on each bag."
So 1970s.
Modern mounts use QR hooks and anti-sway "door handle" hooks.
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What is that clamp on the seat post for?
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The security of bungies depends on the skill of he user. If you make them tight, they are secure. I use bungies for all sorts of things. I notice my wife can't, because her hands aren't strong enough. Another point is that it can be annoying to use bungies.
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