My pannier rack/carrier is not long enough and consequently, if I want to pedal with the tip of my feet, my heel touches my bike bags.

I have seen that Basil sells a "carrier extender" (see there), which is primarily aimed at using bags with children seats. I'm afraid that this carrier extender will go too far in length in the rear of my bike whether it's safe to do so. Does anyone know its dimensions?

If you have other suggestions on how not to be disturbed by my bags, I will gladly hear them too.

  • Shopping and product-specific questions tend to be off topic here. However you have an excellent underlying question. Welcome to Bicycles.SE
    – Criggie
    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:55
  • @Criggie Thank you for correcting me, I'll make sure not to ask product-specific questions then. I've put my more general underlying question in bold font, so that people don't miss it.
    – filaton
    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:08
  • You're going great. As a test you could simply cable tie two rods (thick dowels, light plastic pipe, or similar thick wire) to your rack and see how it goes. Essentially making up a long U shape and strapping it to the main rails, then clipping on your existing pannier to see how it hangs. I'd be leery of trying to provide an additional clip down by the rear dropout - that could flex and get caught in your rear wheel leading to badness and tears.
    – Criggie
    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:18
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    I've made a similar thing from 10mm aluminium tube. By shifting the panniers behind the back axle the bike's handling is affected if there's much weight in the, especially with a child seat as well. With back-to-back p-clips it would be possible to cut down the rack extender so it didn't overhang so much
    – Chris H
    Sep 13, 2017 at 6:34
  • Can you post pictures of the bicycle, rack and panniers? All but the cheapest panniers have movable mounting clips which should allow you to move them back by quite a lot.
    – Michael
    Sep 16, 2017 at 9:27

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That phenomenon is called "Heel Strike" and its really annoying while riding.

I managed to extend my rear carrier rack. The purpose was to line it with plastic to make a pseudo mudguard rather than add more pannier length.

Mine had a plastic part across the rear which popped off, so I used two convenient lengths of brass pipe to extend the side rails, and simply inference-fitted the whole lot back together. Worked for my need, but did not move the carrier clamp backward at all.

Your other option is to extend the "arms" that fasten to the seat stays. If they were longer, the whole rack would be moved backward. Being more extended it will be wobblier though, with more leverage on the mountings.

However I think you should be looking at your Panniers first. It probably has two clips at the top and a third centered and toward the bottom. Something like this:


The lowest clip goes near your rear dropout, which is a fixed location on the bike. The two top clips are also somewhat fixed in they have to be evenly before and after the bottom clip, and share the load.

If you extend your carrier rack, it won't move your pannier unless you change the clip locations as well.

So the red one pictured above can be adjusted with screwdriver to move the hooks, or you might be looking at saddlebags that look something like these, which clip under the carrier's clamp and are held on by equal weights on both sides.

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Other options could include

  • to put stuff on your carrier rack, not beside it.
  • front-mounted basket for carrying items
  • small items can go in a saddle bag (dangles under the saddle, often used for tools/spares)
  • diamond frame bag where the items sit inside your main triangle, in a cloth retainer. (not always possible)
  • Bike jersey pockets - they generally have three large/oversized pockets for carrying stuff
  • backpack - horrid things on a bike but universally available. Bad in an accident.

Finally, consider not carrying the thing at all - I have a work computer and a home computer and I do not move either one about. Instead I use VPN over the internet to control one from the other, should the need arise.


Depending on your bags, rack, and the severity of the problem, you may be able to solve the problem by repositioning the mounting hooks on your panniers, without modifying your rack or getting new equipment. I was faced with a similar problem, and was able to solve it that way.


In Russia, there is a special sport discipline "bike sport tourism" that includes travelling in urbanless areas for couple of days, without any possubility of communicating with anyone else except your group. In this case, we wear special rack bags up to 120 liters, but mostly around 90 liters for 3+ days or 45 liters for weekend-tourism mode.

See PIK99 site, this is an example of how it is done.

Note that it is very different to travel with about 25 additional kilagramms at your rear wheel, so be careful for the first time until you feel your bike with new weight mode.

So for the offroad travels, I recommend putting something like I described before. For the asphalt-only, I would recommend putting bags on your front wheel mount or on a fork's legs

  • This is a thread detail, but looking at pik99, I'm surprised that cyclists are using such big rear panniers without using any front panniers at all. I wonder why that is.
    – Adam Rice
    Sep 17, 2017 at 4:20
  • @AdamRice that is because offroad it is very technical to ride, ex, through big rocks uphill, and you have to steer very vell, and front bags make it not so comfortable
    – filimonic
    Sep 17, 2017 at 21:50
  • @AdamRice like this road, ex velotrex.ru/showfile.php?filename=1499784441_5964e4f92f4c3.JPG
    – filimonic
    Sep 17, 2017 at 21:55

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