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In his "Road Bike Maintenance" manual, Leonard Zinn quotes Carl Zwantig on Duct tape 'holding the universe together'. I think zip ties come in a close second...just soooo handy.(Bungee cord comes in close behind too I'd think).


I remember seeing an instructable about making your own pannier bag. The idea was to use luggage you already had and rivet a sturdy piece of acrylic or similar plastic inside to give it some shape and keep the medial part of the bag from flopping inside the spokes. You might try something similar with your satchel.


I use wooden dowels. They're light and strong.


A dowel would work great I think. I would imagine a piece of flat stock would do well too (and would look cooler to me as well).

But yes... I have the same problem with the bag being too close on my commuter as there is a crossbar that prevents me from moving the bag back that one inch I need to stop the rubbing. I'm thinking a mallet might do the trick if it continues to annoy me (only had the bag for a week).

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