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suicidal panniers

I was rolling down East Medical Center Drive at a pretty good clip this afternoon when my steering suddenly went a little funny and I heard a little "wump" and some metallic klangs.

Looking back confirmed my suspicions: the pannier hung on the left side of my rear wheel had thrown itself off onto the street.

Fortunately, the closest car was far enough back to have plenty of time to drive around my stuff. And all that had actually scattered out of the pannier was my keys and the two halves of my bicycle lock.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened, though it's probably the worst. Some day I'm afraid I'm going to lose control of the bike, or my laptop is going to slide into the next lane and get run over.

So I need to figure out some better way to carry stuff. Or maybe these panniers just need some more adjustment.