• Klickfix-brand pannier mounting rail, available as spare pannier parts from better pannier companies.

Pelican Commuter Pannier 3

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Pannier mounting details -- Klickfix mounting hardware installs easily and works well. There's a newer version available from REI, looks even more secure, but I haven't bothered to upgrade, this version has worked very well for me.

One note about racks: because this is a rigid pannier, peak loads against the rack stays are higher than with a soft-sided pannier -- when you hit a bump, there's no "give" in the pannier. I haven't had any trouble with my rear rack, but I've heard from another cyclist that his light-weight aluminum rack suffered a bent stay when hitting a pothole.

More ideas for bicycle commuting in the rain here.

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  1. rbsandkam 70 months ago | reply

    What screws did you use to attach the Klickfix pannier mounting hardware to the Pelican case?
    Do they go all the way through the case?
    Meaning, do they compromise the integrity of the case?

  2. joshua_putnam 70 months ago | reply

    They're M5 stainless screws, they do go through the case. Inside they're backed with fender washers to spread the load, and they're sealed with 3M 5200 marine adhesive sealant, the same stuff used for thru-hull fittings on boats. So the case is still as air and water tight as ever -- I've tested it loaded with iron weights in the bathtub overnight, no seepage.

  3. temarc 66 months ago | reply

    I like your idea and wish to apply this to the Pelican 1200 case. They have the desired interior space I need to store a battery. I have an electric bike, and am currently using canvas panniers on each wheel. Because of the way they're designed, a bungee strap at the bottom, every bump I hit causes a bird winging effect. Times that effect with four 9 pound batteries, (two over each wheel) equals great for handling, not.
    So my question is, what is the mounting spacing for the top rail? I'm guessing 8.5 inches, by utilizing a screen scale measuring tool, with the known length of your box being 17 inches. How close am I?

  4. joshua_putnam 66 months ago | reply

    Screws on 8" centers -- not bad for scaling off an angled picture.

  5. Aubrey Whitney 61 months ago | reply

    Hi Josh -
    Love your set up! I've 'Googled' but come up with nothing. I did find the 'Klickfix' website, but can't find the parts you're using. Could I trouble you to provide a source for these brackets?
    Thanks in advance!!

  6. joshua_putnam 61 months ago | reply

    I don't see them any more on the REI web site, but it appears they're available from

  7. skodje 50 months ago | reply

    I've purchased the Arkel clip hardware to attach a vintage Samsonite Silhouette suitcase (small size) as a water resistant front pannier to carry my laptop to work each day. I was inspired by your work but the luggage I bought was only $7 at a thrift store.

  8. joshua_putnam 50 months ago | reply

    $7 is hard to beat!

  9. CoolOldSkool 34 months ago | reply

    Are you still pedalling the Pelican Pannier? Just reading through this thread again having now picked up the necessary parts (a Nanuk 920 case / pannier clips). Now looking to mount with washers / marine sealant but wondering if you've had any experience with fatigue with either the case or clips. I've got a few bumps on my commute and wonder how the components will hold up over time - not fussed about the rear rack as I think mine's solid for the weight I'm likely to carry. Considering spacing with some high density foam sandwiched between washer and case. Also considering a top mount design as I'm only likely to ever carry one pannier.

  10. joshua_putnam 34 months ago | reply

    A long-term road construction project led me to curb hopping every day for months, and eventually the impact did lead one of the clips to fatigue. I don't think there would have been any fatigue if I'd stuck to normal riding, even though my regular route does include brick and a bit of cobblestone. Those never caused me trouble, but curb-hopping was too much.

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