Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Great Britain, North East England
OEM Panniers caution
I think this has been mentioned before but worth another post.
Yesterday I was struggling to get my pannier latched to the bike. I remembered what someone had posted so I lifted off the pannier to check.
The pannier has four fixing points. One at the bottom, two at the top that hang the pannier and a final latch that you operate to secure it in position.
The top two securing points on the pannier have U shaped rubbers that each have two 'pips' that retain them in position. I found that one of these rubbers had moved at some point and the pannier had been fixed with the rubber displaced. The closing force of the latch had squashed the out of place rubber but still achieved a closed latch.
Yesterday the mashed up rubber wouldn't allow the pannier to fit, well actually it would if I had used more force on the latch, but it didn't feel right.I removed the rubber and reformed it as best I could and refitted it. Pannier went on fine.
So if you have OEM panniers:
Remove, turn upside down and check the two fixing point rubbers are in good condition and the 'pips' fully engaged. When fitting if you feel too much resistance when you try and latch its likely one of the rubbers is displaced. Its also possible , as others have posted that you could lose one or both of these rubbers !