So recently I got new pannier bags for my bike (I say 'pannier bags' because it will make Alex point out that that's like saying PIN number or ATM machine, and I appreciate when people show concern for my education). Anyway, I can't figure out how to attach them, so I asked on bikeforums.net, but they can't really tell me much without photos. But also the photos can't be uploaded to their site; they have to be uploaded to somewhere else and then linked to.
So, when I need to dump anything online, I stick it on the blog, and this also gives the opportunity for all the blog viewers to chip in with ideas.
Here's what I have so far:
These are the panniers. Nice, huh?
This is what the back of each bag looks like. This is sideways, so when the bag is on the bike, this is like a sad face mouth.
This is everything that came with the panniers. In the centre are the clips, as discussed above. The bag contains 4 cable tie things. Around the clips and bag is an 'n'-shaped piece of plastic, which has holes in (it may have a more technical name). To give an idea of scale, the 'n' is about a foot high.
This is the actual instructions. The text says:
The hook can be rotated through a full 360 degrees. We recommend installing the hook as centrally as possible with the hook's opening facing the rear of the bicycle.
1. Screw the hook onto the metal plate so it isn't quite tight and can still be moved around somewhat.
2. Determine the position you want the hook to be in so that it fits around one of the carrier tubes properly. As soon as you have determined the correct position, unhook the bag and screw down the hook, then restore the bag to the original position.
It then repeats all of the text in some other languages.
So, based on these instructions, can anyone help? Does anyone know what the 'metal plate' is? Why do I have to unhook the bag 'as soon as' I have determined the correct position? If I pause for a few seconds, what consequences will befall me?