Questions tagged [panniers]

A pannier (pronounced /ˈpæniər/) is a basket, bag, box, or similar container, carried in pairs either slung over the back of a beast of burden, or attached to the sides of a bicycle or motorcycle. The term derives from the Old French, from Classical Latin, word for bread basket.

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Pannier Bags for Burley Kazoo

I have a burley kazoo trail-a-bike, which my five year-old and I are really enjoying. When not trailing my 5yo, I can easily put my Arkel pack onto the burley rack, but its attachment points don't ...
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Can I mount a rack on eyelets that aren't horizontal?

The eyelets at the lower end of my frame's seatstays are not aligned with the dropouts (to allow attachment of a vertical rack strut). The misalignment is around 13°. Two questions: What options do I ...
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Is laptop safe in pannier bag during commute?

Is laptop safe in pannier bag during the commute? Specifically, if I am involved in a fall or crash is my laptop going to be damaged for sure if I put it inside a pannier? I have an expensive work ...
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Touring load weight distribution

What's the best way to load a touring bike, to increase stability and balance? Assuming a standard two-rack-and-panniers setup, where should I put most of my weight? I have a camping load, about 50 ...
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(How) can a pannier rack mount on the Specialized Diverge Elite E5?

If I look at the images of the Specialized Diverge Elite E5 I see on the underside of the seat stay 2 black pieces that look like rack mounts. However, I've only seen them on the upper side of the ...
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Is it feasible to jerryrig a motorbike saddlebag as a bike pannier?

There’s a used rear bike rack and a used motorbike saddle bag people are selling in my area. I already set up a time and date to pick both up before I realized that this bag was for motorbikes, but I ...
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Will a rack fit on these rear-facing eyelets?

I have a gravel bike, a Nukeproof Digger, and I'd like to fit a lightweight pannier rack to it. It comes with 2 rear facing eyelets on the seatstays. Pannier racks seem to mount using eyelets on the ...
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Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers

I've been starting to commute by bike more (about 6 miles each way) and decided to upgrade from my cheap, old mountain bike to something more suitable. I just bought a used 2009 Kona Jake off ...
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Replacing elastic straps on panniers?

I have a set of Inertia Design panniers which I bought over 20 years ago. It's a simple design: 2 top clips which hang off the carrier rack and a bottom clip which uses elastic straps to hold it in ...
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Rear pannier rack legs seem to narrow in width - is my rack damaged?

I bought a pannier rack but it seems way too narrow to fit on my MTB bike (in terms of the axle width), I can sort of push apart the two legs (of the rack) but even then the spacing is only 10CM (when ...
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Can I attach a rear pannier rack to my mountain bike?

Soon I am going to start doing some side work for UberEats on my bike. I am trying to find a pannier rack to put on my mountain bike. My problem is that I am having a hard time finding one that will ...
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Convertible front pannier bags

Cycling with a toddler on a child seat, there's not much space for a backpack (I'd like her to keep her nose!). I've got a front pannier rack, so sometimes take a front pannier instead. This works ...
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Why are most commuting panniers designed as shoulder bags and not backpacks?

I commute to work just carrying a light laptop and/or my tablet computer, my lunch, and a few papers. I'd prefer to use panniers rather than a backpack or messenger bag, but once I get to work, I ...
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Can I install a disc-brake pannier rack on a bike with V-brakes?

I have a MTB with V-brakes. 14-15 years old. I want to get a pannier rack. Will a rack suitable for a bike with disc brakes (eg Topeak Super Tourist DX) fit a bike without disc brakes? I’m not sure if ...
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Trouble securly attaching panniers to rear rack

I recently got new panniers (specifically these) because my old ones were falling apart and I have been having trouble attaching them to my rack. I've included some pictures at the end of this post to ...
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Really big panniers and other baggage

Once a week I take my bike to the local supermarket to do my shopping. My panniers fill up really quickly and I always end up with bags on my handlebars (for UK people - the bags I'm talking about ...
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Seatpost mounted luggage rack on carbon frame

Planning on taking my carbon Ribble to Wales to go play in the valleys. Need to carry limited luggage from point to point. Looking at a seatpost mounted rack like the Topeak RX beam, but wanted ...
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Options for carrying a smart briefcase on a bike (pannier or otherwise)

Situation I don't own a bike: however due to a recent change of office location, I have worked out that I could cycle in half the time as driving through rush-hour traffic every day. I'm therefore ...
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How to attach a plastic jerrycan as a FRONT bicycle rack? (How to build a DIY basket-type attachment?)

Plastic jerricans are quite a popular way to transport stuff on the back racks. It's not easy as it seems because the question goes with some constraints: the system should not require special tools ...
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Can i put a rack for panniers on a Carbon road bike w/ Thru axle? [duplicate]

I was looking at getting a new Trek Domane SL 5 for commuting, but i don't see any way to mount a rack on it? I need to carry a laptop bag and a change of cloths. Is there any way to do this on that ...
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Advice on carrying a video tripod on a bicycle, please [duplicate]

I wonder whether there is anyone who carries a video tripod (Manfrotto 525 - 75mm bowl head) on their bike, rather than a dslr tripod. The thing is that although I use a DSLR camera for my filming, I ...
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How to carry a large backpack on a bike rack?

My 3 kids ride their bikes to school and carry 20 pound back packs stuffed quite large. They won't fit in any pannier I can find. I've considered hanging them off the side of the pannier with bungies ...
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How to secure and transport panniers when on foot during a bike trip

Context I would like to go on a solo two weeks bike trip in Europe (mid & east). I am planning on camping (with a 2 person tent), so will not go to any hotel. This means that I will be buying ...
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Why don't couriers use rear racks?

I've noticed that lots of courier companies prefer their riders to use messenger bags or backpacks. When a rack does get used its often a porteur rack of the front wheel? Does anyone know why these ...
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Pannier rack bag for a not suitable suspension fork (Btwin Rockrider 5.1)

I ride a Btwin Rockrider 5.1 with a baby seat, and want to attach one or two pannier rack bags. I guess I only can put it on the front wheel because of the baby seat which goes over the rear wheel, ...
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How can I attach a set of five panniers?

My ex's mother gave me her old set of five panniers. When researching it seems that they normally come in sets of two and, as I understand, they normally attached to a rack over the rear tire. Having ...
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Improve survivability of bicycle container

The "white container box" lasted about 2 months until it cracked in multiple places. It was a cheap box(Dollar General variety). New container is made by Sterilite and much sturdier. I believe the ...
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What pannier rack for Cube Cross Race?

I am trying to find a suitable pannier rack for my Cube Cross Race, but due to weirdly placed eyelets I can't find any. Can you recommend any that would fit?
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Soundsystem for bicycle

Before starting to build a soundsystem for my bicycle I would like to ask where I can be redirected or provided info for a) a ready-made solution, b) a set of clear instructions on how to make one. ...
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Rockrider 8.1 rack and bags

I'll do a bike trip that will last a week and I need to mount a rear rack. My bike is a Rockrider 8.1 with disc brakes without threaded seat-stay bosses to attach the mounting bracket arms. A ...
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How should I fix my Ortlieb Rack Pack (medium, 31 litres) to my rear panniers?

I recently bought an Ortlieb Rack Pack to go across the top of my rear pannier rack. When the pannier bags are attached the Rack Pack works great: it clips into the two pannier bags and everything ...
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Minimal Low-Rider Touring Front Rack Recommendations

We're in need of a good, reliable low-rider front rack for long distance touring. I've come across a good number of heavy-duty front racks with low rider rails like this from blackburn (source: ...
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How to prevent my bike from tipping over when using just one pannier?

I often carry gear in a pannier on my bike rack, as in the photo below (not my bike, but same pannier design. My actual bike frame is very different; I'll upload my own picture tomrrow): I have two ...
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Panniers and handlebar pack

I am planning to tour and would prefer highly visible panniers and handlebar packs. Also waterproof. Do racks come with panniers? Suggested brands please?
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Why do rear pannier racks have a raised "nose"?

I am tempted to saw off the raised "nose" on my unbranded 2nd hand pannier rack because it's forcing me to lift the child seat substantially, which obviously has implications on stability. But I feel ...
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What can I get for panniers to commute with my 17" laptop?

I have looked for a pannier that can hold my 17" laptop for a couple of years. No such thing exists. I tried contacting a couple of places to make one, but they never replied. So, now I'm trying to ...
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CrossRip 3 carbon fork for front panniers

I was considering to deploy TREK's CrossRip 3 for light touring (1-2 weeks, rear and front panniers, 25 kg total at max). All looks very good but my only concern, at the moment, is its carbon fork. ...
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What luggage carrying options exist for an e-bike

I am planning to build a DIY e-bike for my work commute and have the electronics already figured out (which motor, ESC, battery). After work I want to go directly to my other activities. Until now I ...
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Pannier rack for larger diameter seat post

I have recently purchased an old, second-hand folding (or at least collapsable) bike, a Daewoo shuttle to be precise. In order to use it for commuting, I would like to fit a pannier rack onto it. It ...
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Recumbent, diamond-frame or trailer to move heavy things?

Heavy things can be a lot of books, full beer cans, construction woods and other misc in a place where I cannot use a car and the trip is long and suitable for riding. So which one would you favor? ...
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Front rack symmetry - spacers and handling

The combination of disc brakes and full mudguards on my tourer means I'll need to space the left lowrider rack at least 30mm from the fork. On the right I'll only need 5--10mm. Should I space them ...
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Rear pannier bags on touring mountain bike

Why people are not using rear pannier bags on MTB for touring? Most of reports and photos I see have a saddle bag and the rest of luggage seems to go to the front of the bike. I have done touring ...
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My rear wheel keeps getting side to side wobble issues. Can it be too much pannier weight?

It's now already the second time that the rear wheel has issues with side to side wobble and I would like to understand why this is happening. The first time I had a bike mechanic to tune the true ...
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Front panniers for 15 inch laptop [closed]

I've recently built up a specialized awol with Salsa lowrider racks. I'm using it largely for commuting so I don't need a load of room, just enough for my laptop, lunch and extra clothes. I've been ...
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Can you attach front panniers to shocks?

I'm going on a bike trip and need the extra storage supplied by front panniers. But my bike has front suspension. I can replace the fork with a solid one but that will increase my costs. Is it A) ...
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Safest way to carry luggage on my carbon frame?

I'm planning a 5 day trip on my Trek Madone 4.5. We are planning on staying motels so don't need to carry camping equipment. I need to find some type of rack that is compatible with my carbon frame - ...
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How do I mount this Topeak rack onto this road bike with disc brakes?

I've browsed several closely related questions already, but haven't found one quite like my issue yet. I have the following rack, a Topeak Tourist for Disc Brake bikes (with a matching Topeak trunk ...
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Recommendation for panniers to carry a laptop for daily commute That's available in the UK

I've seen this question about Panniers, but as far as I can tell, the Arkel Panniers aren't available in the UK. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good laptop holding pannier that converts ...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting? [duplicate]

Right now I use a backpack to hold all of my supplies including spare tubes, pump, patch kits, tools, my change of clothes for work, etc. This is the backpack I use: It's about as comfortable as a ...
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How to repair ripped Ortlieb pannier

I have an Ortlieb Back Roller pannier that has developed a rip about 6" (150mm) long along the lower rear inside corner – where the side/bottom joins the back (wheel side). It looks like this: In the ...