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Old 04-12-12, 04:02 PM   #26
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...but there is nothing to keep it from slipping forward. I am thinking a large cable tie....
Hose clamps can also be useful. Dollar stores sometimes have good deals on them. Even though the quality may not be as high as some of the more expensive clamps, they are probably fine for certain purposes, and you can find them in a wide assortment of sizes. They have often worked better and served longer for me than zip ties (though zip ties can be fine, too, for certain purposes).

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Old 04-12-12, 04:16 PM   #27
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Wire or cable tie will work. I'd use 2 or 3 ties looped together. One would be cinched down to the rack horizontal member very tight (use pliers to pull tight). The second tie would form the receptor loop for the pannier hook - so make the diameter appropriate. BTW, the very small ties are not very strong - you may need longer ties, which usually have greater cross-sectional area / strength.
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Good ideas. I have some heavy duty cable ties (like the ones on my top bar for my bike pump in 1 of the photos) that should do the trick for the horizontal bar, and a medium sized cable tie for the hook loop.
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You also mentioned possibly carrying a small flashlight. If you haven't looked at the newer ultrabright (Cree XML) lights, they might be worth a look. Kaidomain has the C8, which is an excellent light and an excellent value.

www.kaidomain.com

They also have ultrabright flashlights that run on AA's. They may also still carry handlebar mounts.

This mount has worked well for many people,

http://www.amazon.com/Two-Fish-Unlim...4270624&sr=8-1

(Alternatively, you can use two hose clamps: one around the bar, one around the light, interlocked. It's secure and works well.)
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Old 04-15-12, 06:09 AM   #29
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You also mentioned possibly carrying a small flashlight. If you haven't looked at the newer ultrabright (Cree XML) lights, they might be worth a look.
I had already bought a light by the time you posted this. I ended up with this: http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3045.html

Maybe not as good as the lights you mentioned, but I only need it to see potholes and such in a tunnel, for this trip at least. It easily removes from the handlebar mount, and the handle bar mount has a cam-lock that can removed without tools. The downside of that is that I hit the cam-lock lever during a shift (stem shifters), and the mount cam loose, but stayed on the bike.

I got in a 19 miler with the Jandd rack a couple of days ago. Just with the rack, I could tell a difference with the handling of the bike. I will work into this slow, and the next trip will be with just the empty bags, then after getting comfortable with those, I will start adding weight. I have had a 2 week layoff from riding as when my bike was in the shop and other life chores got in the way, so I gotta start doing some major riding to get ready for this trip.
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Since I am not as familiar with the Northern District, as well as the northern part of the Central District, the missus and I took a rider on the Drive in those locations on Sunday. The 1st climb out of Front Royal will be a challenge, to say the least.

This big boy (I presume, since there were no cubs around) was asleep in the crook of a tree about 50' from the road, oblivious to the gawkers and cars.

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This is the 1st bear I have seen this year.

I did a ride Monday with the front panniers in place, but left them empty. I didn't see a big difference in handling by adding those compared to just the rack in place........except for the wind. There were ~20 mph gusts, and that really affected the bike. On 1 occasion, I had a stiff cross wind from the left, and a dump truck passed me going the opposite direction. Between the dump truck blocking the cross wind, and the bow wave of the truck, things got interesting. I will be aware of that in the future.

Also, I don't know if I am imagining this or not, but on some of the hills I usually have to brake on, I didn't have to this time. It could have been from different headwinds, because I can't imagine the bags causing that much aerodynamic difference.

BTW, I used P clamps on the bottom rack bar to block the pannier hook from sliding too far forward.

Still gotta get some mileage in.

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Well, after a bout with a heart arrhythmia soon after my last post above pushed my training back too far, I never did the spring 2012 ride. This year, we had a cool, wet spring so the again there were not enough training rides, plus several of the campgrounds didn't open until close to Memorial Day due to the sequestration budget cuts. So my planned spring ride again didn't happen.

But.........this week the weather forecast looked good, so I decided to just do it. The wife dropped my off at the Front Royal entrance station last Sunday. Camped Sunday and Monday nites at Mathew's Arm......it rained Monday so that is the reason for the extra nite. Tuesday nite at Big Meadows (with frost), Wednesday nite at Loft Mtn., and then the missus picked me up after leaving the Drive at Rockfish Gap.

Fantastic trip !! It was a bit more of challenge than I expected, with the extra 40 lbs. of camping gear, food, cooking supplies, tools, clothing and such that I took. My bike weighed in at around 75 lbs. total for the trip. I stopped 1/2 day some of the steeper, longer hills to let my rims cool some. I had to walk the bike out of Mathew's Arm and part way into Loft Mtn.....those are some steep hills. But, I got er' done.

Including the access roads into and out of the campgrounds, plus some loops around the campgrounds, plus a couple of miles on Rt. 250 to meet the missus, I got in 125 miles on the trip.

Mathew's Arm was loaded with bear. Saw a minimum of 5 different bear over multiply sightings. I spotted another 1 yesterday in the woods, so I stopped in the road, and after a couple of minutes he crossed in front of me. I also had a bobcat cross right in front of me on Tuesday.

Thanks for all of the advice given in previous post that helped make my trip successful.
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