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Aluminium pannier crash testing.

I picked up a pair of new Ali. panniers from ebay - a guy makes them in Budapest, Hungary. £125 the pair + P&P £28 which I thought was a good price.
They arrived in good time and are well made for the money. Happy days ! Fitted 3 days ago, stuck on the obligatory stickers .... great they look the part. Happy days ! Parked up in the front drive, which I don't do very often. Actually had visions of my missus reversing in and hitting the bike so I phoned her and said " bike is in the drive, be careful" .......... like you do, just to be sure....................you know .............just in case she hit it..............not that she would..............but just in case.

F*** SHE FORGOT !

So were they a good buy ? Yeah I think so......... I have several hammers to choose from to straighten the left one out. Nothing a bit of silicone won't fix .................. I took it quite well really

So in conclusion: they will take being knocked over by a car ( unlike the indicator lens and clutch lever ) as long as you did metal work at school.

PS: soft panniers blah blah blah ...... I know, I don't need to hear it
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Anyway, they have a more "rugged" look to them now, well one does !
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donot use metal hammers on aluminum,will harden them and crack,plastic will work-you want to get the damage out with the minimum of hits.
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Can only imagine the thoughts you might have had, especially if you were close enough to hear the 'thud, crumple, creak, creak'
Any photos to share?

Guess you'll now need to park the bike back in the garage, but the other way around and wait for her to reverse back up again. Oh, but don't forget to let her know, you know, just to make sure she knows. Then you can sit back knowing that you'll soon have two matching ruggedised go anyway panniers.
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Used a trolley jack and wad of rag to push it out "just a little too far" deliberately, then beat it back in with camping mallet. Wow I'm a panel beater now !

The seams and welds have all held up well all things considered. So should cope with minor spills on the road OK.

Just can't work out how I can carry a trolley jack around
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Oh yes sometimes one has to test the hard way to find out how good hard paniers are. Here the car crashed full speed in the back of me...





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Hope you have some nice pictures too
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Still going strong

A few tours on and some 10K miles the panniers are doing well. I had to silicone the seams as they let in water, especially the lids. ( manufacturing design fault) They have "touched down" a couple of times fully loaded and have been fine. Some slight corrosion marks from salt deposits, from somewhere? Still think they are worth the money.
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nearly every passing car has a scissor jack in the boot/trunk, these work fine too

If you can find a workshop with some long sash clamps to support across the top and bottom of the pannier, while you jack the sides out, this will help prevent the welds from cracking. I try and use a small piece of wood between the jack and aluminium, just to spread the load.
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