I have two Dahon Mu P24s which I'm getting ready for touring. On one, my LBS installed a Dahon Arclite rack, which is nice but my just-acquired Ortlieb Front Rollers rest against the click box. I'm worried about the contact damaging the click box, even though the panniers seem pretty solidly attached and don't sway much. LBS is not terribly knowledgeable or helpful. I see 3 options.
1. Replace the Arclite with a rack that sits higher, like the Tern Cargo Rack at Thorusa. Racks and Mudguards If the panniers were raised ~1-2" they'd clear the click box. From the pictures, it looks like the cargo rack would accomplish this.
3. Somehow rig up a spacer between pannier and the point at which the pannier's anchoring hook attaches to the rack support. This seems pretty easy in concept, but I worry about jury-rigging something that will fail.
We won't be camping, so our load will be light (10-12 lbs in the panniers), so I don't need a super strong rack. Nevertheless, I'm inclined to equip the bikes with the Tern cargo rack. Thoughts?
If the panniers were raised ~1-2" they'd clear the click box. From the pictures, it looks like the cargo rack would accomplish this.
raise them high enough and you wont kick them either
you can buy the pieces thru Ortlieb to plug the Original holes and drill the stiffener and pierce the material and move the top rail Kit.
Commuter Rectangular 'Downtown' bags ship set up to angle their mounts one way, or the other, depending on which side you put them on
for heel clearance on the bike.. and includes those plastic acorn nuts, screws and outside washers, to fill the alternate holes
No Dahons here .... I put front panniers on the front of my Bike-Friday using their rack. have no rear rack at all .
the mass on the front end steadies the steering pretty well .. + I can use the top of the whole top of the wheel bag and rack combination to load stuff on there.
Thanks. I hadn't thought about modifying the location of the pannier's rail, but that makes sense. I'll check that out. I'll have to make sure the anchoring hooks, if moved up a couple inches, will still have a place to attach to the rack supports.
The Downtown bag looks great, but is too expensive for me. I thought a little about using a front rack, and that has some appeal. I'm glad to hear you like it.