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Old 08-23-17, 10:09 PM
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Panniers taking a beating

Hi everyone. Long time lurker here.

Just returned from an off road trip through the wilds of northern Ontario. I've noticed that on one of my front pannier's the leading edge has been torn. The issue is that I'm using low rider racks, not the best choice for trail riding, I know. Other than getting rid of the low riders does anyone have any suggestions how to protect the front panniers, anyone else have this problem ?
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Old 08-24-17, 06:25 AM
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as you say, without going to higher up panniers, it sounds like you are going to have to improvise something, I dunno, like cutting up a plastic juice container from a store or something and duct taping on this improvised three sided "corner" or something.

let your imagination go wild on this one I think.
good luck.

i guess if you are really serious about riding in these sort of conditions, a higher up front rack would probably be worth it, especially if you end up damaging good front panniers.

old man mountain ones are higher, must be others as well. Might be worth the 100 bucks or more, but thats up to you to decide depending on how much you would actually tour more in these conditions.
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Old 08-24-17, 07:00 AM
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How about gluing on a piece of leather or cordura to the affected areas.
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It won't be pretty, but touch can use cloth tape to protect vulnerable areas, so you won't have to use it later for repairs.
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Originally Posted by pjsingh View Post
Hi everyone. Long time lurker here.

Just returned from an off road trip through the wilds of northern Ontario. I've noticed that on one of my front pannier's the leading edge has been torn. The issue is that I'm using low rider racks, not the best choice for trail riding, I know. Other than getting rid of the low riders does anyone have any suggestions how to protect the front panniers, anyone else have this problem ?
Low riders and off-road are just wrong. At the very least, put a higher mount rack on the bike. On the other hand, swap out to a different gear carrying system. I hate trailers but they are much better for off-road than panniers. The other way to go is bikepacking. Revelate Design kind of pioneered bikepacking gear but there are many other companies making that kind of gear now. The bikes don't ride as nicely as panniered bikes because the gear is higher but they do a better job of not snagging on off-road obstacles.
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Make reinforced covers.. in the style of rain covers, but of a rugged material.
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Originally Posted by pjsingh View Post
... one of my front pannier's the leading edge has been torn. The issue is that I'm using low rider racks, not the best choice for trail riding...
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How about gluing on a piece of leather or cordura to the affected areas.
You could try a spray-on coating, something like Plasticoat or truck bedliner, for example. Plasticoat can usually be removed if necessary - it's often used for cosmetic automotive wheel coating.
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Old 08-24-17, 12:59 PM
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I may try something like leather or cordura reinforcements...however the more I think of it the more I'm coming to the conclusion that low riders may be just too dangerous. I think it may be time to start looking at regular front racks.
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look up Old Man Mountain Sherpa, one example that folks use to get panniers higher.
depends on your biek though, these go onto brake stud thingees on front forks for cantis or v's.
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
look up Old Man Mountain Sherpa, one example that folks use to get panniers higher.
depends on your biek though, these go onto brake stud thingees on front forks for cantis or v's.
I'm aware of omm racks. But cheap as I am, I'll probably be buying some more reasonably priced knock-offs.
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Ya, I know. Here in Montreal the last time I looked, a front one was about 150, I was tempted by a used one once, but decided that my old mtb that has v studs wouldn't be the bike I'd use on a tough trip, so didn't buy the used one.
Yes, there must be some cheaper, high up front racks.
What kind of bike?
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
Ya, I know. Here in Montreal the last time I looked, a front one was about 150, I was tempted by a used one once, but decided that my old mtb that has v studs wouldn't be the bike I'd use on a tough trip, so didn't buy the used one.
Yes, there must be some cheaper, high up front racks.
What kind of bike?
It's an old Brodie hybrid, I bought it used about 15yrs ago i think the bike itself is from the early 90's. It has served me well all these years
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Old 08-24-17, 07:59 PM
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If it's in reasonable shape and the components are in good working order, that's all that matters. I'd visit lots of stores and research online for reasonably priced rack options.

Maybe others here have suggestions.
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Old 08-24-17, 08:18 PM
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..... But cheap as I am......
well, if CHEAP is what you want, how 'bout a couple 2L soda bottles
and some zip ties? oh, and duck tape of course.

cut top and bottom off bottles, then a vertical cut.
reinforce one edge with duck tape, punch a few holes
then zip tie to the front rack edge. plastic curled
over the front of your panniers acts as brush guard.

or you could just bolt a couple ammo cans to the top bar....
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Slap some bumper stickers on the areas that are taking the beating.

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Old 08-24-17, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post
well, if CHEAP is what you want, how 'bout a couple 2L soda bottles
and some zip ties? oh, and duck tape of course.

cut top and bottom off bottles, then a vertical cut.
reinforce one edge with duck tape, punch a few holes
then zip tie to the front rack edge. plastic curled
over the front of your panniers acts as brush guard.

or you could just bolt a couple ammo cans to the top bar....
Duct tape you say...what can't be fixed with duct tape. 😁
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