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Old January 28th, 2014, 02:33 AM   #1
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Waterproof pannier: Ghetto solution

not convinced with the ducati dry bag that came with the panniers. it's heavy and takes up a lot of precious space inside. i would rather stuff my things in a garbage bag or plastic grocery bag if i needed waterproofing. but there must be a cooler way to do it... don't know if it's been done before. so after examining the design of the panniers, i decided that the shell itself is made of nylon and is inherently waterproof. the only way water can get to the contents is through the zippers. so if i can find a way to seal the zipper area, i won't need the dry bag anymore. the best way i could think of is to have a strip of rubber to wrap around the whole zipper.

i measured the circumference of the pannier along the zipper line before finally deciding i needed size 14"x1.75 bicycle tire inner tube. purchased it at a local bicycle shop for around $1.20.


and so began the delicate task of surgery. first, i removed the valve stem to get it out of the way.


before i get preoccupied with other interesting stuff and forgetting this process, i got the valve tool and removed the valve core from the stem. i then tucked it away in my riding tool kit. you'll never know when you're going to need that spare core


from the hole left by the dismembered valve stem, i scissored my way around the tube.


and voila!!


then it's just a matter of wrapping it around the zipper area. one can hardly notice that it's ghetto unless you stare at it long enough. to acess the zippers, simply slide the rubber to one side. no more difficult than unrolling the oem dry bag to get your stuff.


the advantage of this ghetto set up is that it is much much more compact and lighter than the oem dry bag. it is tight and wide enough gripping both halves of the shell that it doubles as some sort of reinforcement and protection, relieving stress on the zippers.



now to test it tomorrow with a garden hose to see if it really works.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 03:15 AM   #2
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Awesome! Can't wait to see your test results!
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Old January 28th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #3
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That is good thinking and if it was a ghetto method you would have wrapped duct tape around the zipper.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 06:01 AM   #4
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Very good, I'm going to do this as well.

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Old January 28th, 2014, 06:03 AM   #5
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Brilliant idea, monstard. A really straight and even cut helps the appearance, yours is very good. A bit of water might creep in at the handle, and of course the outer cloth will wick a bit, but this and a couple of plastic bags (which could also hold the tube when not needed) should do quite well.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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That's what you call "thinking outside of the box"
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Old January 28th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #7
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Very nice. I only keep one dry bag full of contingency gear and for use when it rains, but the bag is quite bulky even with only a few small items in it.

I don't see a lot of soft/textile bags hanging off bikes but there could be a market for these or full dry outer covers.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 12:29 PM   #8
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Good Idea, let us know its working!

Last year i drove 3 hours in the rain and its was not to bad with the panniers!

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Old January 28th, 2014, 01:10 PM   #9
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That's a really great idea! stuff a towel or two in there spray some water at it and you should know pretty quick if its not water tight. I had modified Ducati's idea and bought a roll top waterproof bag that was made of a much thinner, rain coat type material.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 01:17 PM   #10
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Run it thru the dishwasher....
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