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Old 05-20-09, 06:19 PM
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Cheap Way to Waterproof Panniers

I really like these panniers http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Waterpro...pr_product_top
but they cost twice as much as these http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Compact-...pr_product_top (which I will probably end up getting). So what is a good cheap way to waterproof them? Just buy a cheap 99 cent walmart raincoat and put one on each panny?
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Old 05-20-09, 06:27 PM
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that's not a bad idea! I was gonna suggest a spray can of scotch guard or something. Trash bags would of course work, and think of the fun you could have tailoring them to the panniers! And you've such a great choice of colors; from Tall Kitchen Can White, to Lawn and Leaf Forest Green. With such a palette, you'll be sure to find just the right ensemble to complete your bike.
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Old 05-20-09, 06:34 PM
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I like the way you think Sir.
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In the ads they look like this:


But is what they really look like on the bike when not stuffed with paper for good camera shots:



I don't know anything about the second panniers, but I can answer questions about the first ones.
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Nah, Thompson's water sealer w/a brush. Inside and out. At least 3 coats. Thick. Caulk all the seams w/clear caulk. Then double bag everything you carry w/plastic grocery bags. The panniers will still leak, but not as bad.
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Old 05-21-09, 07:17 AM
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Yeah - sealant for tents. Although you'll have to keep applying it, so it might end up more expensive in the long run.
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Old 05-21-09, 08:36 AM
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My Novara Pannier isn't waterproof, but it came with a rain fly, which is. It looks like something that would only cost about five bucks, but I haven't seen one sold by itself for that price. It's basically just a piece of plastic that wraps around the pannier.
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Originally Posted by The Big Wheel View Post
I really like these panniers http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Waterpro...pr_product_top
but they cost twice as much as these http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Compact-...pr_product_top (which I will probably end up getting). So what is a good cheap way to waterproof them? Just buy a cheap 99 cent walmart raincoat and put one on each panny?
A trash bag in each.

I had a pair of Ortliebs (which were stolen along with my bike) that were initially waterproof. Over the years they no longer were and I just put a heavy duty trash bag in each and viola........

I do the same for my backpacks when bping.............
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How often do you expect to get wet? You could step up to the Delta Expeditions which have built in rain flys.
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Old 05-21-09, 09:33 AM
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I was originally going to get the delta expeditions but I really like the delta compact size, they look so sleek for commuting to work and just riding around town. I think a garbage bag or a cheap 99 cent Walmart raincoat will do just fine.
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Ask around if anyone you know owns a trash compactor. Trash compactor bags make wonderfull waterproof bag liners, easily will outlast dozens of regular trash bags.
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I'm all about doing it on the cheap, but the wind flapping noise from garbage bags would drive me nuts.
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Put your stuff in a plastic bag, then put it in your pannier. Done. No extra weight and I've never had my stuff get wet. When the bag gets dirty or starts falling apart, use a new one. It doesn't cost anything and your stuff won't smell like scotchguard chemicals.
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