Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Rural Western Wisconsin
Bikes: 9 vintage touring machines and a 1975 Motobecane Le Champion
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Anyone using REI panniers - stability issue?
I have a pair of REI Keystone panniers for the rear and am just wondering if anyone else using them has any issue with a twisting movement.
My bike seems to easily go into a shimmy action and I think it may be due to the stiffness of the pannier backing. It seems they kind of occilate in kind of a sideways (in and out, not front to back) motion that gets the bike going.
The clips hold nice and tight on the rack and they are not adjustable regarding the spacing width. The bottom has a kind of sideways hook that slides around the rack tubing. Everything seems solid but you can easily twist the bag.
Any suggestions on stiffening it up or any other similar experiences? I've tried extra bungees from the lower rear back to the rack but that didn't seem to have much impact and I've experimented with where the lower hook catches the rack.
The weight is balanced but I do have one quite filled out with a sleeping bag and that seems to force the backing into a bit of a rounding curve which probably doesn't help.
Thanks for any feedback.
BTW- I do also have front panniers and the bike is an older Specialized tourer so weight distribution and bike design shouldn't be the issue.