|Just three pounds (about 5 dollars) gets me this pair of front pannier frames on "clearance".|
|They attach to the fork and the mudguard/fender|
|Hope they don't get in the way of my quick-release!|
I usually "fold" it down over the mudguard/fender mount!
|The instructions in detail. The paper gets a bit creased up in the packet!|
|Mermaid has forks that, although they curve, they don't taper|
towards the bottom. The forks are also a bit thicker than on a
typical "touring" bike, As a result the racks slope inwards a bit at the bottom.
|The bottom of the rack clears the spokes,|
with room to spare, but slopes "inwards"
|Mounting one of my mid-sized panniers (this one styled like|
a shopping bag) suggests that it the pannier "sags" a bit with
a load in it, there is a danger of it rubbing on the front wheel.
|I have wuite a few panniers, though, so let's see how it looks with|
this shorter, slightly wider, pannier.
|A bit better, BUT this pannier is a bit "floppier"|
than the blue one, so I still have concerns about it
sagging towards the wheel. Heavy things like tins
of food tend to reaveal the tendency of a pannier to sag.
|How about a taller, thinner, pannier - these is |
the same Bikemate pannier that I have reviewed
|Not too bad - there is less hanging out behind|
the lower part of the frame than with wider panniers.
|Remember this pannier? This is the Bike Bins hard-sided, lockable, pannier. No sag with a rigid pannier!|
|BUT ... the design of the frames means that one of the pannier|
mounts has to attach at this point, and the lovely Rixen and Kaul
attachment clip fouls the leg of the fork ... :-(
|Clearance is OK, especially as rigid|
panniers don't sag.
But the fork leg in the way of the
mounting clip is a bit of a show-stopper
|OK. So let's undo that lower bolt, and see how the pannier hangs "naturally".|
Looks like it wants to lie a bit further out ...
|... which is why the kit has a couple of spacer tubes in it (and a pair of longer bolts for use with the spacer tubes - that is why there are 8 bolts but only 6 nuts in the set!)|
|except that the spacer is a bit long for mudguard/fender mounts and the pannier rack, meaning ...|
|... that the bolt for the lower mounting only just reaches the nut.|
I could always grind a couple of millimetres off the end of the spacer, I suppose, but let's see how it works as "standard" first!
|Now the frames slope OUTWARDS a |
bit at the bottom. The pannier sits better,
too, but some panniers sag quite a bit ...
|With the spacer, there is a bit more room between all the parts,|
But, as the pannier rack now slopes outwards a bit, the pannier has
a tendency to bend inwards at the lower corners ...