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Old 04-23-05, 06:01 AM
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Pannier attachment to racks...HELP!!

I have a new set of Cannondale panniers that I am trying to hang on Nashbar racks. They didn't come with any instructions and I don't want to damage the panniers or the racks by guessing.

The panniers have a long plastic tube with a spring and a large loop that looks like it would hook around the axle. It also has a plastic strap held on by phillips head screws that looks like it would go around the rack. Both of these look semi-permanant and would be a pain to remove and re-attach every night.

Anyone familiar with these?
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I have C-dale panniers.

The spring-loop thing - I had to fashion a little jury-rig "J-hook" to grab onto the bottom of my racks. I did this with a spoke I had lying around (two, actually, one per bag) and some heavy-duty pliers. I can take pics if you want and put them up.

The top of my panniers just catch onto the rack with two metal upside down "U-hooks" that came with the bags and screw into a plate through the fabric in the back. I probably have different panniers than you though; mine are easily 8 years old.

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If you look at where the 3 legs of the rack come together on each side of the bike. you will see that they have a short bend after the weld that sticks out front and back like a hook. you hook the loop on that and if I recall correctly you then pull up on the pannier to hook the pannier on the top rail of the rack.

however If you have the new style nashbar rack it doesn 't have those hooks it will have a metal ring or loop. then you need to make a J or S hook as Alek suggested or you can just buy small ones at a hardware store. Don't expect that nashbar rack to last more than a couple or three seasons of frequent use.they have in the past had a tendency to crack at the welds. YMMV

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Originally Posted by velowolf
Both of these look semi-permanant and would be a pain to remove and re-attach every night.
Hook and elastic systems are pretty old school these days. Modern systems like Ortleib, Rixen and Kaul etc use hooks at the top which have a quick-release locking mechanism, and an anti-flap hook at the bottom. They attatch and release instantaneously so you dont have to fiddle around getting the lower hook into place, and cant bounce off.
If you need to remove the bags several times a day, the quick release system is a real bonus.
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velowolf, I have the C'dale panniers too, PM me if you still have questions.
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