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Long haul panniers

April 6, 2013

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These are for a multi-month, rambling cross-country tour of the US. They were designed to be: huge, watertight, simple, super durable and carry-able for any off-bike excursions.

Features:

-The non drive side has backpack straps that can either strap stuff to the front of the bag, strap down flat or come off at an angle for use as a backpack.

-Both bags have a removable and completely sealed pcv/truck tarp liner for complete weatherproofing. Having a removable liner makes cleaning the bags easier and lets you remove all of the contents quickly if you want to lock the bike up and take your stuff with you, not to mention you could stash wet clothes under the liner in a pinch. You could also replace the liner if you accidentally  stabbed it with a knife or melted it in a fire, or something.

-Both bags also have completely removable lid pockets which will each hold about three cycling water bottles. These are handy for quick stuff (food, sweater, glasses, map, etc.) and can be used to strap bulky stuff between them and the bag (sleeping bag/pad), they can each also double as a handle bar bag.

-An in-seam passport pocket is on one of the bags.

-The lid pockets each have female buckles on the front and male buckles on the back (towards the bike). This allows the bags to be ran as simple roll tops without the top lid pocket.

-Both bags have three side compression straps for scrunching/streamlining.

-The bags are attached using the tried n’ true hooks with a bungee. I used bike specific Jandd pannier hooks as they fit well with the rails and are coated to prevent rattling/paint scratching. This system is especially nice as you can replace/fix everything about it with materials found in a typical hardware store, and it doesn’t rattle.

-Back-facing removable reflective hits keep you visible when you wanna be.

Top lid/pocket. Zipper flaps help keep the water out but this portion of the water will not be water proof in an extended downpour.

Top lid/pocket. Zipper flaps and inverted teeth help keep the water out of this pocket but it probably won’t be water proof in an extended downpour.

Attachment.

Back/bike side

Top lid open

Top lid open

Halfway to backpack. Moving the hook buckles on the bottom of the straps from the bottom loops to the side loops (left strap) they convert from out-of-the-way-when-riding to backpack straps.

Halfway to backpack. Moving the hook buckles on the bottom of the straps from the bottom loops to the side loops (left strap in the picture) converts the straps from out-of-the-way-when-riding to backpack straps.

As a backpack, with a bedroll. Having the straps on the front avoids having hooks/backing plate against your back.

As a backpack, with a bedroll. Having the straps on the front avoids having hooks/backing plate against your back.

yea!

yea!

I’ll be posting some updates as theses get some miles in em’.

Off to make myself a framebag for when I go to join these bags in a few weeks!

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