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#1
I'm thinking about buying these panniers: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/basil/memories-double-pannier-bag-ec022868?

The thing is, I'd like to leave them on the bike while I do my shopping or what have you. How could I secure them? No matter how much I ponder the Ortlieb Anti Theft system (http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/ortlieb-anti-theft-item114565.html#info) I can't work out how it works, or why it would be any better than getting a thin cable lock and threading it through the rack and the straps on the top of the pannier bag. Am I missing something?
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#2
Most panniers have two hooks at the top that fit over the rail of the rack and one elasticated hook on the bottom the hooks either through a loop or around a peg or rail at the bottom of the rack.

[Image: BAG%20SM]

This arrangement makes it very quick to remove and replace the panniers, so I take them off and carry them with me. It also allows you to use just one pannier if you don't need to carry much.

The Ortlieb Anti Theft System looks as though it might be specific to Ortlieb panniers. You could probably use a thin cable lock to rig something up, but if it's only threaded through a fabric loop or strap, it's going to be of limited security.

If you want something more secure perhaps you should consider something like this: http://www.bikebins.com/ or maybe something DIY that can be fixed to the bike: http://www.instructables.com/id/KITTY-litter-pannier/

Other than that, it's take over the world and create a perfect society in which no-one steals. :-)
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#3
(06-05-2010, 02:17 PM)xerxes Wrote:  Most panniers have two hooks at the top that fit over the rail of the rack and one elasticated hook on the bottom the hooks either through a loop or around a peg or rail at the bottom of the rack.

[Image: BAG%20SM]

This arrangement makes it very quick to remove and replace the panniers, so I take them off and carry them with me. It also allows you to use just one pannier if you don't need to carry much.

The Ortlieb Anti Theft System looks as though it might be specific to Ortlieb panniers. You could probably use a thin cable lock to rig something up, but if it's only threaded through a fabric loop or strap, it's going to be of limited security.

If you want something more secure perhaps you should consider something like this: http://www.bikebins.com/ or maybe something DIY that can be fixed to the bike: http://www.instructables.com/id/KITTY-litter-pannier/

Other than that, it's take over the world and create a perfect society in which no-one steals. :-)

Cheers. I might have to do the rigging thing, I wouldn't want to leave anything in them, I just want to deter opportunists. Hopefully cutting through the straps would reduce their value, so no one would bother.

Bikebins... what can I say, I prefer form over function. Smile
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#4
Quote:Bikebins... what can I say, I prefer form over function. Smile

I think all racks and panniers make a bike look a bit fuggly. Smile
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#5
I like them! Basil panniers are lovely, they add a bit of colour too!
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#6
(06-05-2010, 02:17 PM)taxing Wrote:  Bikebins... what can I say, I prefer form over function. Smile

I've been eying those Bikebins for a few months, unfortunately they're no longer available in the US, or apparently anywhere but the UK.
The only other lockable options I've seen are "trunk" style boxes like these:
http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Locking-Rack-Box-Liter/dp/B000QEVDRY

http://www.otivia.com/cargocache.html
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#7
Quote:The only other lockable options I've seen are "trunk" style boxes like these:
http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Locking-Rack-Box-Liter/dp/B000QEVDRY

http://www.otivia.com/cargocache.html

The only issue you might have with those is that the weight is carried high up. I also think you could DIY something similar to the BikeBins, as in the link in my previous post, for a lot less if you could find some suitable plastic containers, or perhaps make some plywood boxes, though that might be a bit heavy.
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#8
(06-11-2010, 12:21 AM)xerxes Wrote:  
Quote:The only other lockable options I've seen are "trunk" style boxes like these:
http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Locking-Rack-Box-Liter/dp/B000QEVDRY

http://www.otivia.com/cargocache.html

The only issue you might have with those is that the weight is carried high up. I also think you could DIY something similar to the BikeBins, as in the link in my previous post, for a lot less if you could find some suitable plastic containers, or perhaps make some plywood boxes, though that might be a bit heavy.

I agree. I wouldn't actually use one of those, I was really just lamenting the lack of Bikebins. In my head, my post carried on to say "...but I really don't like that type."
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