Gear issues – Ortlieb panniers

An observation which is well worth noting. I’ll be checking my screws this weekend.

The Bicycle Pedlar

Ortlieb panniers on the front and rear, Ortlieb trunk bag and Ortlieb handlebar bag...we have them all! Ortlieb panniers, Ortlieb handlebar bag, Ortlieb trunk bag…

When we started this bike shop, we wanted to sell the waterproof and durable Ortlieb gear. We were like just about every other cycle tourist from every part of the globe who (it seemed anyway) knew the brand and either used the products, or wished they could!

Considering our love affair with every piece of Ortlieb gear we own, imagine our surprise when we had an issue with our High-Vis rear panniers during our recent cycle touring trip over Easter!

We were only a few kilometres along the gravel road on day two of the trip when we noticed that the top corner of our front pannier had become unattached from the mounting bracket! How could this be?!

The screw was missing so we tied some nylon cord around the pannier to keep it on the rack and continued on riding. We were so rattled by this unexpected betrayal of…

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4 Responses to Gear issues – Ortlieb panniers

  1. Interesting, have encountered the same issue myself a few times and now carry spare nuts and bolts just in case!

  2. NickT says:

    I was over at Hathersage at the weekend at touring bike rally and there was a few comments there about Ortlieb panniers and them falling apart. A guy cycled to Hong Kong and he is speaking to Ortlieb because he had issues with them not lasting the journey.

  3. We had exactly the same problem and think Ortlieb are the shoddiest pannier make we have. We had to replace all the plastic nuts and bolts and replaced them with metal bolts and nuts and added huge washers to the inside so they don’t pop out…

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