As I elided to in a previous post the locks on the Hepco and Becker Alu Standard panniers appear to be fragile and finnicky to use - well I was wrong.

They are actually unbelievably fragile and if you force them even slightly …

Jigsaw anyone?

Jigsaw anyone?

Not very secure - ie no security!

Not very secure - ie no security!

We got a replacement lock free of charge from the Australian distributor – who was amazed the lock had failed – but I am highly dubious the locks are up to any real expedition work.

The same locks are used to secure the panniers to the frames and if you had even a minor fall they would be totally destroyed plus you would need to figure out a way to temporarily secure the panniers back on the frames. Not good in the middle of nowhere.

UPDATE: three weeks later ...

This latch is perfect for the job. Not as pretty as the originals but tough and simple.

We had two more locks fail on us so that's it - they originals are gone and simple latches have been installed. They went in with a minimum of fuss and are much stronger and more robust than the originals. I riveted the latch onto the lid using stainless steel rivits as clearance between the inside of the lid behind the latch and the lip of the box is limited. A bit of filing on the rivet head and - hey presto - it's done.