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Thule Pack'N'Pedal Rack with Ortlieb Panniers

Old 06-22-17, 09:01 AM
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Thule Pack'N'Pedal Rack with Ortlieb Panniers

I've searched the internet high and low for the answer to this and can't find much so I'm asking you all.

I have a Thule Pack'n'Pedal rack on the rear of my bike, with the side frames that are supposed to make the rack compatible with "almost any pannier." Being fairly new to panniers, I can't for the life of me figure out how to attach Ortlieb panniers to this rack. The lower anchoring hook doesn't have enough clearance to clip around the side frames of the rack (the top clips connect fine to the rack rails). Has anyone had success with this before, or do folks that attach Ortlieb panniers to the Pack'n'Pedal just not use any kind of bottom anchoring?

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This guy managed to do it but there are no pictures how he hooked the panniers to the side rails with the lower hook. But he doesn't use the top rail. And the article is in German:
https://www.fahrradblog.de/testberic...aeger-im-test/

Another German forum suggested to use two hooks at the lower bottom. But again no photos only only suggestions:
https://www.mtb-news.de/forum/t/ortl...-hebel.755385/

You may need to build something yourself. I am personally not a big fan of the new lower hook design from the Ortlieb bags. I still have a pair of the first gen Ortliebs from the early 90s which have a very strong rubber band and a metal hook.
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I've used Ortlieb panniers with Thule's PnP rack but more often than not the lower hook became disengaged.
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Are they anything like other brands of Panniers?

If they are like all the sets I have ever had or used, you engage the lower hook first before pulling up against the elastic and engaging the top hooks.
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No elastic on the Ortlieb. though there is nothing stopping you from creating such a DIY scheme.
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The first generation Ortlieb Back Roller from the early 90s had an elastic rubber strip with a hook at the bottom which was height adjustable. This way they basically fit almost every rack.
These are mine from 1994 which I still use today. Back then there were not symmetrical either.
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