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Old 03-17-09, 03:49 PM
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Looking for a bit of help in Leeds England

I have a friend spending a term studying in Leeds, he's an environmental planning major. He obtained a bike through a program at the university and is going to be traveling a bit and is taking the bike for part of the trip. However he does not have panniers and contacted me to see if I could locate someone who might be willing to rent or borrow him some rear bags from this coming Sunday until April 18th. As a college student funds are tight or I would have directed him to a local bike shop. Anyone got an old set sitting around they would be willing to part with for cheap maybe? Kinda an odd request but he is a good kid.
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Jim,

I just recently sold a set of panniers I had, otherwise I'd offer mine up to you.

But this is something a lot of young bicycle tourists go through. When I did my first bike tour at the age of 17 I had about $500 in the bank and couldn't afford a set of $250+ panniers. Luckily, my uncle had an old set of panniers that had been sitting in his garage and he gave me those bags for my tour. If he hadn't given me the bags, I may have never gone on that first bike tour... or any of the following 8 tours I have taken since that time.

I hope you can find a set of panniers that he can use... or hope that he can afford to get a pair, because I know from personal experience that the experience this young rider will have on his tour will be more than worth any amount of money he might spend on a set of panniers.

Good luck!
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You could try here or maybe here. Good luck!

If he doesn't get any joy there, and he can stretch to 40, these are good value.

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Anyone know anything about this shop?

https://www.rceuk.co.uk/

sounds like they carry used stuff.
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this might sound odd but he could perhaps try some of the academics at leeds. quite a few of the teaching/support staff at my university commuted on tourers and i'm sure many of them had front/rear bags. your friend may find that a direct, honest approach to some kindly, bearded prof could work. failing that he should check out the ebay uk site if he hasn't already (though i'm sure he has).
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I bought things from leeds CTC (cycle touring club) members at great discounts when I lived in England... you should definitely have him get in touch with the club. I'm sure if he meets a few of them, the kindly brits, understanding the value of the anglo-american relationship, will no doubt offer up bags to use.

https://www.leedsctc.org.uk/

also useful:
https://www.leeds.ac.uk/leedsbug/links.htm

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Just in case your friend can't find standard panniers at a price he can afford, these can be very inexpensive, quite functional, and he'd have the satisfaction of having built them. I'd paint them myself. Black, maroon, whatever.
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Thanks I will forward this to him, I have a feeling this or something similar is his best bet given he waited until 5 days before his trip to ask. If he had given me more notice I would have sent him my old set.
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Problem solved, he purchased a used pannier from this store

https://www.rceuk.co.uk/

And they will buy it back from him when he returns.
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