hi. i bought these used panniers:
there are some things wrong with them, the major one being i have no idea how to attach them to my bike rack. i dont know if they are missing something essential for this or not...
unfortunately the picture doesnt show the back but maybe someone has or is familiar with these panniers and can explain it to me. here is what (remains of?) the mounting system --
1) an 8" long hard plastic bar or ridge that i presume goes alonside the rack tube (above or below it i dont know).
2) two d-rings at the top corners, one at the bottom in the middle (could be mount related or to attach a shoulder harness maybe?)
3) ok this is the one i will not be able to describe too well.. a nylon strip is sewn a 1/2" above the plastic bar. along its edge is another piece of fabric that looks like a handle (and likely works that way when the pannier is off the rack). the main piece of fabric can be folded down over the "plastic bar" --- its a flap. on one side (the one that touches the plastic bar when folded down) are two plastic (1" diameter) discs. the discs are covered with little plastic poky protrusions (p.p.p.'s) that look like the plastic version of a velcro patch (or a mutant lego set). these things are riveted through the fabric and look like snaps when the flap is folded over the bar.
4) on the front of the bags (meaning the side that faces away from the bike when they are mounted) there are two metal hooks positioned at either end about 2/3 the way down. (right below the big horizontal zippers in the picture). i cannot determine what their function could be.
thats it. there is nothing that the plastic "snaps" can attach to underneath the "plastic bar" or anywhere else on the bags. there are no shock cords or any hooks other than the two described in "4" which are on the front of the bags.
im hoping someone has or has had these and can explain what is missing (from the bags or from my ability to make sense of the former).
if no one knows how to make them work with the old mounting system, any suggestions for how to replace it with a new one?
i seem to remember someone saying that arkel sells their mounting system without the packs for a good deal. $15?
long post, i hope all the description pays off.