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Ortlieb Recumbent bags

Postby UpWrong » 6 May 2019, 8:57pm

Photos of them fitted to my Nazca here, https://photos.app.goo.gl/p36fhhV5rZjywkhVA

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Re: Ortlieb Recumbent bags

Postby pjclinch » 7 May 2019, 12:43pm

Or if you want to see some Radicals (the mid-size ones, 55 litres) on a Nazca...

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Re: Ortlieb Recumbent bags

Postby Tangled Metal » 7 May 2019, 3:22pm

I just got the 70 litre capacity normal shaped panniers for my SMGT. I figured they'd still work with an upright tourer too if I should get one. Can't remember if they were fitted to my rear or mid rack. I think mid rack because the panniers there took layers very neatly so I could put them on suddenly if the rain came in.

Plus 110 litres total capacity is really stress free on a good recumbent tourer. I was really worried that I'd overload the FS, especially the rear suspension coil. Didn't happen though. IMHO they looked like a bike equivalent to a Honda gold wing!

BTW those bikes look good loaded.

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Re: Ortlieb Recumbent bags

Postby UpWrong » 7 May 2019, 7:43pm

pjclinch wrote:Or if you want to see some Radicals (the mid-size ones, 55 litres) on a Nazca...


Just noticed how much lighter the Radical Design bags are. I was hoping the Ortliebs would be easier to mount one at a time but I'm not so sure now. The curved frame on the Paseo is not very friendly towards the Ortlieb mounting hooks. The Orliebs are waterproof of course. And I don't have any straps over the seat either since I am able to hang the forward strap on the subframe supporting the seat.

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Re: Ortlieb Recumbent bags

Postby pjclinch » 12 May 2019, 8:53am

UpWrong wrote:
pjclinch wrote:Or if you want to see some Radicals (the mid-size ones, 55 litres) on a Nazca...


Just noticed how much lighter the Radical Design bags are. I was hoping the Ortliebs would be easier to mount one at a time but I'm not so sure now. The curved frame on the Paseo is not very friendly towards the Ortlieb mounting hooks. The Orliebs are waterproof of course. And I don't have any straps over the seat either since I am able to hang the forward strap on the subframe supporting the seat.


Roos' Fiero is the "tour" version with a longer and more serious rack, so she doesn't need straps over the seat. They really don't work singly, and the size is such that they're great on tour and not really any use off it, but the rack will take one of our normal panniers for day-trps.

I've always felt waterproof to be over-rated in a touring pannier, to be honest. If you've got that amount of packing space it makes sense to compartmentalise and you can do that with waterproof stuff-sacks, plastic bags etc., and if you put e.g. a wet tent in then you don't end up with a pool in the bottom that can't drain. Compartmentalising makes sense with e.g. clean/dirty clothes, so if you're doing that anyway having the outer waterproof isn't needed. The basic materials are waterproof so the leakage through the zips and seams isn't much. My general endorsement of Ortlieb bags is the mounting and overall quality: I'm not against the waterproofing but it certainly isn't a deal-breaker not having it.

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