Originally Posted by Osama Radzi
was going to ask the same question.... how to fasten the box to the rack?
Keeping it simple, I was thinking about 3 or 4 of these (2 at the top +2 at the bottom or 2 top +1 bottom, I will see), they are shed door hinges:
attached to the pannier this way they will work as "hooks"
The gap between the pin and the plate is 1cm, I will build a frame from (hollow) iron bars with a rectangular section of 1cm x 2cm.
Here is a pic of the very first approach to the issue of calculating the frame's shape, note the string and hinge temporarily attached with mask tape:
I will first make a rectangular sub-frame where the pannier will hook on then I will build the rest of the frame around this first one.
A further idea: making the sub-frame a bit wider than the actual pannier with some dents on the top bar I will be able to chose the position where the panniers will stay being able to slide them toward the back of the bike in case I will need carry a pillion or to the front if I feel like re-organising the balance/weight for a different riding style? It sounds like a nice idea but not sure how useful it would be.
Last thing: to secure the panniers I may use one or two latches (like closet or toilet sliding latches, eventually with a small lock) at the bottom or at the sides next to the "hooks".
I probably want the latches to be a bit weak but not too much, they will have to withstand the impact if the bike falls from the central stand but they will have to break setting the panniers free in case of a serious fall at speed, what is your opinion? In this case both the bike and the boxes (and the rider too...) will have more chances to survive? Or shall I make everything strong and solid? This way I am afraid the motorbike frame will bend...
... and Nelly The Elephant packed the trunk and said goodbye to the circus...
Last edited by alexpezzi; 15 Nov 2007 at 00:11.