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- Item #BLB000Q
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backpack holder/grocery getter...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Mounts easily on/off a cannondale rear rack on a Surly Ogre commuter/touring bike and is secure when attached (jumping curbs and whacking potholes doesn't dislodge it). It is not necessary to use the 'locking' blackburn rack (in photo)--it will go on virtually any pannier capable rack. That said--you're at the mercy of your fellow man if you don't use the locking rack...anybody could quickly take the pannier off an unattended bike. I can slip my messenger bag or small backpack in this when riding--getting them off my back and avoiding perspiration from their being on my back. The pannier will capably hold groceries and/or cans/bottles of your fav beverage. The pannier folds flat with velcro straps when not in use (on or off bike). I run a single pannier on one side--you only notice the lopsided weight when fully loaded and walking the bike (up stairs etc.,). I'm deducting a star because after 6 months of semi-regular use, I sense the velcro will eventually wear out rendering the folding feature useless (until replacing the velcro). Maybe a nylon (backpack style) buckle would be better than the velcro??? This has become a permanent fixture on my commuter bike and kudos to Utahn's...nobody's snatched it (yet). Final note--for potential users with smaller wheels/chainstays...you may get heel strike (when pedaling) if your setup is unable to get this pannier mounted sufficiently rear of the pedal area. This is not a defect in the pannier--mostly a product of a bike/rack not well suited to holding panniers. This pannier is rectangular (most efficient/useful for packing and folding) but as such, lacks the corner cutout out some panniers have helping to alleviate pedal strike possibility (if you have heel strike--find one of these). Many of your commuter bikes, touring bikes etc., have a rear end (wheelbase etc.,) made for stability and racks/panniers. You may be less successful modding an old mountain bike or road bike even if it has rack mounts...