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Offline ZTours

Pannier J-Hook too Long. Any fixes?
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:53:59 pm »
Hi folks,

I recently purchased a new touring bike that came with a back rack included. However, the panniers I have don't fit well - the J-Hook piece that secures the panniers to the bottom of the rack is too long (or too low), and so doesn't securely fasten the panniers to the bottom of the rack. The two LBSs in my area didn't really have useful advice.

If I don't find a solution, then in the short-term I'll just use plastic zip-ties and fasten the bottom of the panniers to the rack this way. In the longer term, though, it would be nice not to have to cut off zip-ties every time I want to take off the panniers!

And I know, I could just get a rack/pannier combination that fits better, but I'd much rather work with what I have for now.

Cheers, thanks for your thoughts!

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Pannier J-Hook too Long. Any fixes?
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 09:14:54 pm »
What brand and model are your panniers?

On Ortliebs, you can loosen the screw and rotate and move the hook to adjust.

Offline ZTours

Re: Pannier J-Hook too Long. Any fixes?
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 10:21:17 pm »
Thanks for the help so far.  In the short-term, I found some velcro strips which are a bit better than the non-resuable plastic ties.

No long-term fixes yet.  I have a 2012 Trek 520 (link below) with an interesting rack - the very top bars you see in the picture are recessed towards the middle, and so the bars that a pannier clips on are the second ones from the top. 

The panniers are a 43 litre set from MEC (link below).  The elastic is a solid loop running between two solid loops, which the single j-hook hangs from.  There are three options for positions for the hook left-to-right, but none really fix the issue here.  Twisting the elastic helps just a little bit...

2012 Trek 520:  http://www.cyclecityusa.com/index.php?title=Trek_520_2012

MEC PF-43 Litre Panniers:  http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cycling/PanniersBagsRacks/Panniers/PRD~5024-313/mec-pf-2-43l-cycling-panniers.jsp?bmLocale=en&utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=AskAndAnswer&utm_content=Default

Offline jcostanz

Re: Pannier J-Hook too Long. Any fixes?
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 12:39:30 pm »
You could try to relocate the hooks that hold the bungie to the bottom screws on the rack hooks, the ones just above.  and then relocate the bottom plastic J-hook retainer to the old bungie retainer holes.

Offline roadrunner

Re: Pannier J-Hook too Long. Any fixes?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2012, 01:11:54 am »
I had a similar problem with my panniers and rack.   I solved it by removing the hook from the pannier strap and replacing it with a strong split key ring; the ring is higher than the rod on the bottom of the rack.  I attached a bungie cord to the ring, passed it below the bottom of the rack and hooked the other end of the bungie cord to the top of the rack behind the pannier.

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Pannier J-Hook too Long. Any fixes?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2012, 12:35:24 pm »
I have also dealt with the same problem.  I have MEC panniers, and my J-Hooks were too long.  MEC sells J-Hooks, but I already had the shorter ones.  I did end up bending my own J-Hooks, and this link will tell you how I did it:  http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=177560&v=5x.
 Surprisingly, it was not that hard, even though I messed up tempering.  I let my newly bent hooks air cool.  Plunging them in motor oil probably would have been better.  And yes, you can anneal in your oven.

I later changed to a diffent hook system.  http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=177563&v=5n.
Danno