Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Barrington Tops NSW, Aust
Can't get my end in? --Problem with OEM panniers & temp fix
Has anyone else had this issue with the V2 panniers, where the lock mechanism shifts inadvertently so that the lids will no longer close/lock?
(The following longish story makes more sense if you're familiar with the panniers' lock mechanism, and apologies for not having pics to post.)
Situation is that there's a metal plate within the lock, under the key-hole lever, where the locking pin that turns with the key slots in. When it's aligned properly, this normally has a slot/hole into which the locking pin goes when the panniers are shut. This then slides across when the key (and hence the locking pin) is turned, I think serving to lock down the carry handle. (Said handle acts as a lever on the large pin at the back of the pannier that locks the pannier to the bike.)
Anyway, the issue is that the above metal plate on both my panniers slides by itself, after the pannier has been opened, into a position where the slot is no longer lined up and the locking pin hits the plate instead of slotting through. I've no idea why it happens, but this is what I've done:
A piece of fine gauge fencing wire bent at the end can slide between the lock and the pannier (or elsewhere) to push the metal plate back to where it should be and allow the lock to close as per normal. Easy, but a right royal PITA.
First time it happened was in my shed -- no drama, I worked it out; but I'm glad that I had the foresight to add that little piece of wire to my key ring just in case it happened on the road, which invariably it did.
Disappointing given the amount of $$ those panniers cost. But of course they're now out of warranty.
So that's my warning/advice should anyone else have the issue. Hope it helps someone.