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Old 01-23-2013, 06:34 PM   #16
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I admit I browsed rather quickly through some of your pictures, I didnt realize you used the glue/sealant everywhere!

So awesome, i cant wait to give it a try for myself.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #17
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Nice Job! .... Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:03 AM   #18
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An update:

I have been using the panniers for more than a month now since the weather has been unusually favourable for february/mars in Iceland.

I made a small modification, I put a drainhole and a small drain tube in each box in case the seals malfunction. This is just for added peace of mind since if there was a leak the boxes would hold the water and potentially get very heavy.

Usability has been really good, I don't have a car at the moment so all grocery shopping must be done with the bike as transport. I am happy to report that I get four grocery bags in the boxes, two in the top box and one in each sidepannier.

I can also report that the rack is holding up well, I don't have much flexing / don't feel a need for more structural support.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:07 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by heg283 View Post
I forgot to mention cost. The whole thing, including aluminum sheet, rivets, glue, hinges, latches, locks, steel tubing, welding sticks, bolts etc. came to around 47.000 in icelandic currency. That is about 370 US dollars.

I did buy too much aluminum, I had 1/3 left of the sheet.

Buying similar panniers and topbox from a store here in Iceland would probably have cost me 200.000 isk or about 1.560 US dollars. I still would have had to make the rack myself.
You can always make a tool box for when you're riding sans panniers.
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