[CR] "Funky" Old Panniers

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From: "Matthew 'Devotion' Bowne" <devotion_finesse@hotmail.com>
To: CR discussion list <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:41:27 -0400
Subject: [CR] "Funky" Old Panniers

Hi Gang, I was mighty pleased when I picked up a nice old set of Kirtland panniers at a Tag Sale this weekend. Classic nylon/cordura construction, a matching Jim Blackburn rear alloy rack...and that unmistakable vomit/cheese smell that often permeates old camping gear. I recall reading an old thread with tips as to how to eliminate the most unpleasant smell of dead animals from vintage camping/touring gear, but a search of the Archives has produced no results... Can any of you suggest a method one might try to eliminate this foul odor from these otherwise perfect bags? Is there some sort of magic recipe or secret concoction? Or is the best method of elimination to tie them off in a contractor bag and leave them curbside for the Wednesday morning pickup by the NYC Dept. of Sanitation? Any pointers appreciated...

Matthew Bowne
Brooklyn, NYC