during a tip-over your aluminum
panniers can be damaged/deformed. The reason for
deformations is that the rack usually is smaller than
the pannier and
mounts on the weakest part of the pannier, the large,
Disregard the small black box in the images, it's a
battery pack for LED's.
Here is how to
harden your panniers with a few, easy steps:
the outside of the pannier rack on your pannier. If you
with you panniers for a while ths may not be needed, as
the rack will
show on the pannier. Remove your panniers from your
racks and remove
the mounting kit.
the panniers I use two steel bars, 2.5" x 1/8", as long
the pannier. These bars are available for relatively
cheap from many
online metal shops. Yes steel bars add a little weight,
bars would need to be at least twice as thick to have
strength, and that comes out to about the same weight.
The bars have to go from one pannier edge to the other
edge to work
properly.They can be a little longer, but not shorter.
The edges are
the strong parts of your panniers and need to be
included in this
Lay the bars on your
pannier, so that they cover where your rack goes, as
well as the
inside of the pannier mark the holes of the mounting
kit. Drill the
same size holes that are in your pannier into the bars
in the positions
you marked. Take care in marking and drilling to get a
Lay the bars back onto the pannier and check the hole
If needed drill the holes a little bigger or file the
holes into a slot.
and tap 5 or 6 more holes into each bar. Two holes close
edge of the pannier and one or two in the middle between
kit. I used M4 screws, which are plenty strong for this.
Mark these holes onto the pannier and drill thru-holes
positions into the pannier.
Clean the bars and paint them to prevent them from
From the inside of the pannier use button-head screws
washers to attache the bars.
Re-attach the mounting kit and you are
ready for your next adventure trip.
This will not prevent the pannier from deforming if you
go down hard,
but a tip-over or a slow down on sand or gravel should
not damage the
pannier. This has worked for me a few times already, but
experience may be different. Sorry, I'm not taking any