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Old 06-29-08, 07:22 AM
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Pannier Question

I bought a pair of house brand panniers from a very well known website, because they were on a drastic sale. On receiving, I found that they look too small - though they are the largest of their range - and the hooks etc look flimsy. I have not seen good ones like Ortlieb, etc, and don't intend to spend that much anyway, but I really wonder if people travel with this small panniers. I was originally thinking of equipping a couple of cheap ($20) airline carry on bags with hooks to attach to bike rack. Then I came across these panniers and got them. Now I am debating whether to return them or keep for the front rack. These panniers look smaller than regular student backpacks.
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What exactly did you buy?
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Old 06-29-08, 09:07 AM
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return them if you don't like them. you don't seem to like them one bit.
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Yes, if you bought from one of the reputable on line retailers, they will take them back. I know Nashbar took back a pair of shoes from me, no questions asked.

You could probably recreate a pannier with a dufflebag/small day pack, add some quick release clips or similar, and you would be ready to go.

I bought a set of the small panniers from Nashbar, they were only $19, figured they would be enough for hotel type trip and maybe enough for camping with the addition of front panniers. We'll see.
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I bought the Nashbar pannier set for about $20. The MSRP was $75. The question was are they as big as they come or these are small? Bought a wireless cyclocomputer too and now I feel that with Google maps based websites like mapmyride.com, who needs to know the mileage. I am not into setting any speed records. Less batteries to worry about.
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Originally Posted by ak08820
...Bought a wireless cyclocomputer too and now I feel that with Google maps based websites like mapmyride.com, who needs to know the mileage...
I'm finding it much easier to look down at the cyclo-comp (an old Topeak comp150) and see how far and fast I went then to spend the time on the PC re-tracing my route to get the same info; just my .02 on that. I love the ride-mapping sites for planning rides, though.
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I don't mean to steal this thread but it's a related question. What are the largest volume panniers avalable out there?

I'm looking for a rear set and so far have only found 56L. Would that be considered one of the largest volume capacity available?
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Originally Posted by ak08820
I bought the Nashbar pannier set for about $20. The MSRP was $75. The question was are they as big as they come or these are small? Bought a wireless cyclocomputer too and now I feel that with Google maps based websites like mapmyride.com, who needs to know the mileage. I am not into setting any speed records. Less batteries to worry about.
The Nashbar branded panniers are simply junk. They are poor quality with a flimsy hook circa 1973, and the panniers tend to fall off over rough roads or bumps.

There are many makers of higher quality panniers. Most all of them will list their size in liters. Some are quite large.

BTW, Nashbar's MSRP tend to be inflated, especially for their house branded items.
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Originally Posted by Cycl/Canoe-ist
I don't mean to steal this thread but it's a related question. What are the largest volume panniers avalable out there?

I'm looking for a rear set and so far have only found 56L. Would that be considered one of the largest volume capacity available?
Far as I know, JandD or Carradice panniers are the largest. The JandD are huge, dont know how big, and the carradice are also capacious at 54L (rear). I have the Carradice and highly recommend them in terms of construction, toughness, K.I.S.S., waterproofness and weight.
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