Sunday, April 25, 2010

How our City Panniers attach to your rack

The way our panniers attach to a rear rack is very simple, but effective. We designed these panniers for commuting and shopping in mind. So we wanted them to be very quick and simple to take on and off, without sacrificing stability on the rack.

On the underside of the center panel of the bags are two velcro straps that hook underneath the top plate of the rack:
Here they are attached to my awesome Jandd rack
The purpose of the velcro is mostly for the bags to stay in place when rolled up. The real stability on the rack comes from our hook and cord system.

For this system, we use a rubberized hook that latches to the bottom stay of a standard rack made to hold panniers (some racks are not made for this, and don't have a horizontal stay or curve at the bottom.)There is a webbing guidance system on the backs of the bags to help keep the hook and cord in position.

On the top center panel of the bags is the adjustment point for the cord. It runs up through metal eyelets and cinches down at the top:

Vegan panniers top-view
We use parachute cord, not elastic cording, making the bags very stable and secure on the rack since there is very little give after adjustment.

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