i've got the large 7.7 liter tourguide DX. this model has internal L-shaped
steel supports that attach at the quick-release, then go down under the bag.
nice. but just not up to rough laotian and cambodian "roads."
they both snapped twice, had 'em rewelded, the second time welded some
nails along the bracket for more support. that's fixed. as i'm sure you've read,
the mounting bracket tends to slip down on the handlebars, even with the
security cord. heavy-guage coated electrical wire solved that.
zippers are dead, and can't find decent replacements, , so let's just get a new bag.
i'm looking at the smaller 5.0 liter tourguide, which uses the same "fixer"
handlebar mount. (smaller, lighter, can fit less stuff, so good so far.) but
does the smaller model also have internal steel supports? [topeak has a
fanny pack model that's hard plastic.] i've contacted customer service, they
say it should have the same steel struts. "should...."
does anyone have a topeak tourguide 5.0L (model TT3017B) and can confirm
there are steel support brackets in there? (if you've never looked, inside the
bag, against the back "wall" there are two small black zippers, allowing you to
open the interior lining for access to the mounting bracket bolts.)
in case you're wondering, the nearest retail shop with this bag is about 750
kilometers away. i'm trying to contact mail order shops, but heck, my chinese
is just horse-horse-tiger-tiger.
Last edited by saddlesores; 12-18-11 at 08:33 AM.
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