You thought I wasn’t going to post? So did I.
I was over-commited on time, and it stressed me out. I dropped out of the triathlon, and any other competitive riding. I’ll write in this blog when I feel like it, rather it being a chore.
I’ve worried that this blog is seriously off-topic. I almost never write about anything other than bicycles now, but it’s my blog, and cycling is a huge part of my life now.
Anyway. I own to sets of panniers. A small cheap set, and a larger cheap set. Neither has a great attachment mechanism.
The small set had a major zipper malfunction a couple of months ago. It’s still usable, but I can’t close it all the way. That set works best on the front rack of my LHT. I can’t fit my laptop in those panniers, so it’s not the ideal commuting pannier. Due to the hooking mechanism, I have to use bungie cords to prevent the panniers from falling off. They have fallen off before.
The larger set has been pretty good to me, until a few days ago. One of the hooks and other associated hardware fell off and was lost. I thought I had spare parts, but I can’t seem to find them.
This has made commuting more challenging. I’m still doing it, but I’d hate to drop the laptop in the road. I also have a mini-tour coming up later this month. Having a good set of panniers would really be nice.
My lovely wife bought me an early birthday present. She ordered a set of the Arkel GT-54 panniers for me. She really is a wonderful woman. I’m getting the red ones. Possibly this week, maybe next week. I already have a red Arkel Tailrider trunk bag.
Sometime in the future I’ll buy the T-28 front panniers, also in red, to finish the “bike luggage” collection.