Panniers Stiffened with Corflute

2007 OCTOBER 23
tags: hydration, panniers, photo, riding gear, setup, tour
by jalexartis
Well, I think the Radical Design Small Panniers are practical for a low-racer; however,, I think they are more practical and look better having shape as opposed to just hanging as shown in my initial photos below.

So, here are a few photographs with the pannier walls stiffened using Corflute [vinyl corrugated sign material].

I‘ve used the better part of 2 days in completing this project. With the pannier walls in place: I have a nice tunnel for the rear-facing camera [if I choose to shoot video with the panniers on]; I do not have to worry about my taillight being masked my the left pannier; the chain will not make contact with the right pannier; the panniers will not make contact with the rear stays. I fashioned a stand-off for the right pannier that supports its weight. I contact the right stay with a rubber suction cup. I can protect my paint at that point using protective tape. I’ll test ride soon and adjust as needed.

Here are some other views:

from → VK2, cycling

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2007 OCTOBER 23
Dana PERMALINK
Jim,

Those panniers look great! I will definitely have to make the same mods to my set so I can commute on the VK2 or Carbent during colder, wetter months. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m glad you are still having fun with the bike.

Dana

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2007 OCTOBER 24
Jim Artis PERMALINK
Hi Dana,

Thanks for the visit and compliment. If you have questions, when you are ready, let me know. As I modified them, they are easily installed and removed–less than one minute. I’m loving my VK2 and thinking about my SXP mods, yet riding my DF a lot–near 3K miles so far this year. I’m now working on a way to mount Dinotte Amber lights as side running lights–stay tuned.

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