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The GAP or Bust
By Daniel Merchant and Robert Sherman - (contact)

GAP Prepping Part 2: Munchies and Pannier Hooks

Saturday August 1, 2009

I regularly participate in the Adventure Cycling Touring Forumns. It only seemed natural to ask about Touring Nutrition. Not all of the answers I got back were useful. I guess I should take pride in starting a fat versus protein argument. The one really useful suggestion, was to buy a copy of The Cyclist's Food by Nancy Clark and Jenny Hegmann. So I have placed an order. The book should be in my hands in time to read it on our trip.

It seems that I got Sean all fired up about my pannier J-hook problem. This morning, he presented me with two pairs of pannier clips that he made with his brother. Apparently the Lennon boys have a sideline business selling these.

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One of my panniers that has been modified to take one of Sean's pannier clips.

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Close up of one of Sean's pannier clips.

So I bought some screws, washers, and nylock nuts on my way home and installed them. Yes, I burned additional holes in my panniers with a soldering iron, so if I don't like the new pair of alternate hooks, I will still have extra holes in my panniers. This was quite a leap of faith for me, as I don't like to commit to things I cannot undo. I did the more problematic front panniers first. My mounting ends 1/8" too high and 1/8" too far forward, but they will work just fine anyways. My wife tells me that engineers like to be overly precise. I move on to the rear panniers, and these come in spot on.

I stuff the panniers with towels and go for a test ride.

By golly, this is going to work. My panniers are now really secure, and I don't have to worry about the bottoms flapping around if I hit a hard bump.


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