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Old 06-27-08, 03:34 PM
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Arkel vs racoons

Last night, a racoon tried to eat trough my Arkel T28 pannier. I had nowhere else to put it except on the ground and had put all the food inside ziplocs so I guess the racoon liked what was in it a lot.

The T-28 passed the racoon test. The raincover, however, did not. Funny thing is that this afternoon I wanted to stop at Arkel (I was passing through Lennoxville where there they are located), for a scrap piece of fabric to fix the raincover, but I couldn't find the place. Someday, I'll find it.

I'm on a 6 day tour with my girlfriend. Just riding around Montreal and Sherbrooke. Lots of fun, but crappy weather.
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Just wait until a bear finds your panniers. If you have some nylon cord or line you could throw a length over a tree limb and hoist the bags off of the ground.
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Glad your pannier escaped without damage. I'd wager on the raccoon in any raccoon vs. pannier battle!....
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Originally Posted by ken cummings
Just wait until a bear finds your panniers. If you have some nylon cord or line you could throw a length over a tree limb and hoist the bags off of the ground.
The trees at the campground weren't "hang something off them" material. I guess the racoons just got lazy: why bother tearing up a pannier when there are plenty of other campgrounds around...

I'll definitely keep that advice in mind though.
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I had raccoons raid my campsite last year and they managed to unzip my Arkel panniers....sneaky devils!
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Originally Posted by CC Rider
I had raccoons raid my campsite last year and they managed to unzip my Arkel panniers....sneaky devils!
When we were raided by raccoons they didn't rip anything, they unzipped. The weird part is that they also rezipped some of the pockets. As a result we found chewed, half eaten powerbars in a pocket a day later.
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Originally Posted by vik
Glad your pannier escaped without damage. I'd wager on the raccoon in any raccoon vs. pannier battle!....
Raccoon-proofness is high on the list of bucket-pannier virtues.
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