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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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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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What are the pros and cons of panniers vs messenger bags?

I was shopping for new panniers and thought it might be worth it to also check out messenger bags as an alternative. What are the basic pros and cons of each? I started out using just a regular back ...
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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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Recommendation for panniers used off the bike a lot

I'm looking for panniers. I mostly just potter around town, and am not planning any cycle touring so my main criteria is that the panniers should be easy to carry around off the bike. Built in ...
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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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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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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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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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Does a hybrid pannier / backpack exist?

From reading around on the internet I understand that pannier bags are comfortable to ride long distances with on a bicycle. In my current rough travel plan I decided I also want to (hitch)hike a ...
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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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Will using a pannier rack mounting kit damage a carbon frame Axiom vs Tubus

I am hoping to buy one of these in the next few weeks: Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert Disc Di2 2014 Road Bike But I will be using it for commuting and need some luggage so I need to fit a pannier ...
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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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Secure Storage for Running Errands

I use my bike to run errands on the weekends - stopping for soap and shampoo at the drug-store, a loaf a bread at the grocery store, stopping for lunch, etc. The issue is I have to haul my previous ...
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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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Patching waterproof panniers

I've managed to tear a couple holes in my panniers. Nothing enormous; they can still hold their contents, but they definitely need patching. What would be a good way to patch them, keeping them ...
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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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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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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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How can I fix panniers that have got holes in

I've got some Crosso panniers that have got quite a few holes in. I once fixed a drybag backpack with patches of leather and industrial strength glue which worked like a treat, but I've forgotten what ...
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Front pannier and child-seat balance

I transport my 15 Kg kid on a child-seat. I want to set a pair of panniers. Even if I could put them on a rear rack (I don't know if I can), would it be a good idea to choose a front pannier system ...
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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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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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