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Old 07-24-19, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by bikenh View Post
Make your own panniers. Check online for instructional pages on making kitty liter bucket panniers. You can get the buckets at the local dump and reuse them for some useful, like bike touring.

Keep using the kitty liters and ride longer. Why improved on something that works. Instead use something that works and save the money and ride further.
I use these. They are awesome.

https://www.amazon.com/Wald-Rear-Bic...SZ7H9FG3W6BNVT
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Old 07-25-19, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Bike Jedi View Post
Can you give a link as a reference to one you are suggesting? I would like to know. Thanks
I've used Arno Straps since the early 1980s. They are like extra long toe-straps and have a great metal buckle. I use the 48" long ones. I did not know that Wal Mart sold them and here's a link to the 60" ones for only $6.14 for two of them.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlan-s...traps/41768354

Here' an image of the 48" I use.




I know they used to come in 24" and 36" lengths as well as the 48" and 60" lengths. These straps are STRONG and don't stretch when going over rough surfaces. I was touring with a friend who was using bungee cords to secure his panniers and other gear. his panniers bounced of a few times and he was amazed that the Arno straps kept my panniers from falling off. He borrowed a couple of mine and then bought some for himself when we got back from that tour. Btw, that was touring on rough logging/mining roads in Norther Ontario Canada.

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Old 07-25-19, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Cat Daddy View Post
Well, one hurdle has been passed. I picked up a BoB Yak Plus setup from a guy off Craigslist, for $100. It's in good shape (with some dings here and there) and the only thing missing was the Quick Release, which I ordered off Amazon for $25 and change. Once I get the QR I can attempt to attach the trailer to my road bike.

As to gear such as sleeping bag, tent, etc., I am also into wilderness backpacking, so I have lightweight/medium-weight tents, a couple of mummy bags, and cooking gear. Some of it is a bit high-end, purchased when I was much better off, financially. I've been a member of REI since I was 15 or 16 years old. I'm currently 49.
More hurdles will be the hills and/or any inclines over things like freeways. What gearing do you have on your bike now?

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Old 07-25-19, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by gpsblake View Post
Two problems...mine are waterproof and mine didn't cost me anything other than going to the dump and picking up someone else's trash.
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