I am in the process of updating my touring equipment from 1976. I have looked at Panniers and have not been impressed with today's equipment.
I had a set of Kirkland rear panniers and would like to find a similar set. Now the tough part....they have to fit the rear rack of a Trek Electric bike. The rack rails are about 3/8 inch in diameter. The only set I can find that fit is the German Orlibs by using the widest setting. I have gone to bike shops and picked out panniers only to find that they do NOT fit the rack. Cannot swap out the rack since it is the battery holder. Thanks.
The second question is I still have the Eclipse handlebar pack from that era. It fit perfectly on my Holdsworth road bike, but the Trek electric bikes have a mountain bike handlebar. Does anybody know of a "wire pack holder" that would fit the mountain bike handlebar?? Or does anybody know of someone that can make one for me? It is a great handlebar pack and I would like to continue using it.
So just a final question. Why are today's panniers so poorly designed?? It seems they are all ONE BIG BAG with plastic clips. Whatever happened to Kirkland and Eclipse??