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    Using front panniers as ice chest

    Has anybody used their front panniers as an ice chest? My thought is to simply put a bag of ice in a plastic trash bag and put everything in the pannier.

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    Nope, never have done that. I don't see why it wouldn't work, though. I have a rack truck by Cannondale now that was actually designed to be a cooler. It's got an insulated box in a cordura case. Stuff bangs around in there and it makes a racket unless I put everything in a tee-shirt or something, so I am disappointed with it in that regard. A pannier would be quieter.

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    Nope, but I have used cooler bags as panniers. I think you'll find some others on here who have as well.

    Anyway, I don't see why you'd have a problem, 'cept for funky riding when the ice melts and it starts sloshing about.Wear your helmet...

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    I haven't done it either, but I've thought about it. I think without insulation, the ice would melt pretty fast and if you just did it on one side, your weight distribution might be off a bit and make the steering difficult.

    What are you thinking about putting on ice? Cerveza I suppose.

    I have a shelf on my front rack where I put a rack trunk and I've thought about putting a six pack in there with some ice and see how long it would survive. Sure would be nice after a long hot ride and setting up camp.
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    Haven't done that one either. I have toyed with the idea of a small styrofoam cooler on the rear rack. Had one years ago that was used for shipping frozen food cross country, nice & small with extra thick walls & lid. Wish I would have kept it, but I didn't had this idea yet!

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    Never done it but if I did, I'd create a drain and let the water drip out.

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    When I'm transporting ice cream in summer I use bubble wrap for insulation.

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    My handlebar bag is insulated and I do use it for picnics... On tour, If I need a cooler for short period, I would simply buy a 'Mr Freeze' or something else that is cheap and frozen to keep everything cold until diner time... It won't last much longer anyway since the insulation is not very thick.

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    I do it for my messenger bags. They keep my water bottles pretty cool in the summer when I'm riding around in some bad heat. I usually freeze bags of ice in ziplock bags, then put them in my bag after wrapping them in shopping plastic grocery bags. Sometimes, when I pick up my nephews from school, I'll ride over with freeze pops in my bag so they have something to keep them cool for the walk home.

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