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Stealing panniers?

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kaaden

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Mar 31 2014 at 12:04pm #

Is there a problem in the city with stealing the panniers themselves? I’m looking at several cheaper options to do grocery runs and other errands, and they all appear to be quick-release or something of that nature. I don’t want the more permanent, metal ones because I do want them to be detachable, but it would be nice to leave them to go in the grocery store, for example. Or can I just leave them and assume no thief would want an empty pannier?


Mick

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Mar 31 2014 at 12:44pm #

I leave the panniers on my bike.

I’ve never had a problem, but then I’ve deliberately done up my bike to look like an old homeless dude’s bike for just this reason.


Benzo

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Mar 31 2014 at 1:12pm #

I don’t know why people expect things that are not locked up to not be stolen.


J Z

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Mar 31 2014 at 1:18pm #

kaaden wrote:Is there a problem in the city with stealing the panniers themselves? I’m looking at several cheaper options to do grocery runs and other errands, and they all appear to be quick-release or something of that nature. I don’t want the more permanent, metal ones because I do want them to be detachable, but it would be nice to leave them to go in the grocery store, for example. Or can I just leave them and assume no thief would want an empty pannier?

Had a cheap pannier that was zip tied to the rack and a seat pack stolen off my bike that was parked in the Third Avenue Garage a few months ago (was only there an hour during the afternoon). I assumed that no thief would want an empty pannier, unfortunately, I was mistaken.


cowchip

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Mar 31 2014 at 1:49pm #

The only thing i leave on the bike is my tailight.
ortliebs go with me .. not a bad thing as it is nice to pack after check out on a counter instead of outside.


Drewbacca

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Mar 31 2014 at 2:14pm #

I would leave kitty litter buckets on my bike, but that’s about it.


Mr. Destructicity

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Mar 31 2014 at 2:50pm #

Yeah, as others have pointed out, don’t leave anything on a parked bike that you don’t mind getting stolen.

(And don’t count on them not being stolen when you’re not parked. I remember a thread here a few years ago where someone had their panniers lifted off the bike WHILE THEY WERE RIDING IT.)

I don’t mind leaving my rack-top container on, but if anyone needs two spare tubes, a patch kit, and a half-empty box of band-aids that badly they’re welcome to it.


J Z

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Mar 31 2014 at 3:21pm #

http://lifehacker.com/5843619/build-bicycle-panniers-from-kitty-litter-buckets

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-DIY-Bike-Panniers/


JaySherman5000

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Mar 31 2014 at 3:24pm #

@kaaden: I used foldable basket panniers like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Axiom-Folding-Pannier-Basket-Black/dp/B001DMXGY6

on my cruiser. The folding action is nice; when they are empty your bike will still fit into a normal parking spot. That was my preferred grocery-getter until I got a better bike. Now I take my pannier(s) into the store. The nice thing about removable panniers is that if you pack them well before you step outside, the time-savings/convenience is about the same as with the foldable baskets.


Vannevar

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Mar 31 2014 at 7:16pm #

Mick wrote:I’ve deliberately done up my bike to look like an old homeless dude’s bike for just this reason.

hmm. and that stranger gave you money when you were waiting at the bus stop playing your harmonica, iirc?


Mick

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Mar 31 2014 at 7:26pm #

Evidently, I’m destined for the bum’s life.


jonawebb

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Apr 1 2014 at 7:47am #

Says the only guy here wearing a tie in his photo.


Mikhail

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Apr 1 2014 at 8:15am #

jonawebb wrote:Says the only guy here wearing a tie in his photo.

Mick would be a bum with style. :)


Mick

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Apr 1 2014 at 12:05pm #

When I was homeless, I had a certain amount of panache.


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 2 2014 at 2:19am #

Here is the thread about the pannier being stolen off a bike while the rider was on the bike: link

I’ve thought about this event from time to time. To thwart such an occurrence, I keep a short bungee cord on my rack at all times, and loop it through the strap atop my pannier. If nothing else, it helps hold the pannier to the bike in case it jostles off.


Mr. Destructicity

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Apr 2 2014 at 10:00am #

Stu, it changed my behavior too. I always have a rack-top bag on top over the panniers, so that you can’t get panniers off without removing the rack-top bag first.

And I also make sure not to have all my valuables in one place.

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