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Forum: Touring
02-13-17, 09:13 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Ah, you mean the asymmetrical position of the...

Ah, you mean the asymmetrical position of the thin velcros. I think they put them there so they could wrap around the rack's cross-bars. One side is enough. AFAIK the extra pieces are extensions to...
Forum: Touring
02-12-17, 08:11 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Looks about right. What do you mean only on one...

Looks about right. What do you mean only on one side? The extra velcro seems to be in case the front-back velcros are too short. Those thinner velcros serve to prevent fore-aft movement. Your...
Forum: Touring
07-31-16, 06:45 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Cool! Not sure I would bother with that though...

Cool! Not sure I would bother with that though unless easy pannier removal was important.
Forum: Touring
07-22-16, 02:36 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

I really beat the s**t out of the panniers by...

I really beat the s**t out of the panniers by riding quite aggressively. The bungee probably wouldn't have broken if I hadn't increased the tension by shortening them with knots. The panniers are...
Forum: Touring
07-21-16, 10:40 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

I keep forgetting to say something about the...

I keep forgetting to say something about the dowels. I'm not sure if they beefed them up on the revised Dry-Lites, but I vaguely remember at least one broken dowel on my originals. Several of the...
Forum: Touring
07-21-16, 10:25 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

That's what I thought until the Dry-Lites kind of...

That's what I thought until the Dry-Lites kind of survived the GDMBR with only one broken bungee. (I had knots in them for extra tension.) No rattling, and the panniers were very secure.
Forum: Touring
07-20-16, 07:57 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Not sure about a number, but I would use them...

Not sure about a number, but I would use them again without hesitation. I was just a bit jealous of the rare riders with a lighter load, so I'd look into other options on the front next time, but I...
Forum: Touring
07-10-16, 07:20 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Did I hear my name? I used the Tubus Swing...

Did I hear my name?

I used the Tubus Swing front rack. This rack is discontinued, but on sale on eBay (Germany) once in a while. I like this rack because it puts the weight on the suspended part...
Forum: Touring
06-03-15, 07:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,322
Posted By nicolaim

Hi Velonomad, my apologies for resurrecting a...

Hi Velonomad,
my apologies for resurrecting a 10-year-old thread. While researching an upcoming ride from Montreal to New York I came across this thread from 2005. I'm tempted to largely follow...
Forum: Touring
04-16-15, 01:10 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Just don't ride at night ;)

Just don't ride at night ;)
Forum: Touring
04-15-15, 08:00 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Now that you mention it, I had the tent on the...

Now that you mention it, I had the tent on the rack when I had a full load of food and water. Tent poles won't fit in the panniers unless they're shorter than normal. I used a plastic carabiner...
Forum: Touring
04-15-15, 11:43 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

I had trouble squeezing everything into TWO pairs...

I had trouble squeezing everything into TWO pairs of Dry-Lites plus my mattress, tent poles, and sleeping bag (in a OR Ultralight Drysack) strapped to my rear rack. I was a bit jealous of riders with...
Forum: Touring
04-15-15, 09:21 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Definitely, though the straps through the D-rings...

Definitely, though the straps through the D-rings might still be a good idea. I don't think I have a good photo of my setup. I used an accessory strap with a buckle at one end. The other end is tied...
Forum: Touring
04-15-15, 07:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,082
Posted By nicolaim

I used two pairs of Arkel Dry-Lites on the GDMBR....

I used two pairs of Arkel Dry-Lites on the GDMBR. They were 100% waterproof, even during some extreme downpours. When opening the rolled part after rain a tiny amount of water sometimes ran inside,...
Forum: Touring
04-15-15, 07:31 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

After much procrastinating I contacted Arkel...

After much procrastinating I contacted Arkel about replacing my recalled panniers. They did, so all is well. The quality isn't up to Ortlieb standards, but they're cheap and ultralight, so I...
Forum: Touring
10-06-14, 12:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Despite Arkel telling me not to, I used these...

Despite Arkel telling me not to, I used these front and rear on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (~5000 km, mostly gravel and dirt, with some very rough sections.) Total load was around 33 lbs...
Forum: Touring
03-26-14, 06:32 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 45,260
Posted By nicolaim

Arkel wrote me this in an e-mail: "The...

Arkel wrote me this in an e-mail:

"The Dry-Lites seams are all sealed and the bags are completely waterproof. The Dry-Lites where designed as rear saddle-bags but could be use up front if you use...
03-28-10, 01:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,130
Posted By nicolaim

I always knew the Indy was the bike's weakest...

I always knew the Indy was the bike's weakest part, but since the bike was already over my budget, swapping out the fork at the beginning wasn't an option. A few years later I was going to buy a SID,...
03-27-10, 05:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,130
Posted By nicolaim

'97 Trek 8000 fork upgrade advice needed

I have a '97 Trek 8000 with Rock Shox Indy SL (elastomer, 63 mm travel.) The bike is still doing great, but I'd like to upgrade to a more sophisticated (but still lightweight) suspension fork (for XC...
03-27-10, 05:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 407
Posted By nicolaim

'97 Trek 8000 fork upgrade advice needed

I have a '97 Trek 8000 with Rock Shox Indy SL (elastomer, 63 mm travel.) The bike is still doing great, but I'd like to upgrade to a more sophisticated (but still lightweight) suspension fork (for XC...
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