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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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Reducing Bulk on a touring trip

I'm doing a self contained touring trip, I have a 5 piece set of ortlieb bags (handlebars, 2 front rollers, 2 back rollers). I also plan on putting my tent on my back rack. I'm not doing this in a ...
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Pannier for MacBook Pro 15 retina?

I'm commuting with a backpack, and I don't like having the weight of my laptop on my back for the whole commute (30 minutes). So I'm looking to buy a pannier that I can easily take off when I get to ...
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Good Brands for Front Pannier Rack on Suspension Forks [closed]

I've heard people talk a lot about Old Man Mountain racks. What other options are there? Roughly speaking, in your experience, how do they compare? I'm specifically interested in this for touring ...
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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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Pannier rear rack with no eyelets

I have a rear bike rack similar to this one, but I have no top or bottom eyelets on my Lemond bike. I want to attach it with p-clamps for a 3 day tour. How much weight can p-clamps hold? Do you have ...
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When riding with a single pannier, does it matter which side it's on?

I read somewhere that when riding with a single pannier, the pannier should be mounted on the left side (traffic side in the US). However, the article didn't give a reason behind that. It's been quite ...
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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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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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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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How can I tell if a rack and panniers will work with my bike?

I have a 2012 Jamis Durango Race and am interested on fitting it with rear panniers at some point. However I want to be sure that they'll be compatible. There seem to be mounting points on the bike ...
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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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Panniers or rack bags for photography equipment

Currently I am cycling a lot with a backpack (specifically a chrome citizen), whilst the bag is brilliant it's just not big enough for everything I'm carrying, and with a lot of weight in it it hurts. ...
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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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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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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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Guidance for buying large double saddle panniers

I purchased a "Basil Mara XXL Double Pannier Bag" Today, with a small load, they seemed to explode off and fly over the road. It appears that the stitching was meagre, which held the two straps to ...
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Bags for longer touring

I am planning to go on a 2 week touring trip in a few months and I'm looking for some bags/panniers to buy. What are your recommendations regarding the capacity of the bags (considering the length of ...
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Waterproof spray or waterproof pannier cover?

Does anyone have experience with either waterproofing panniers with a waterproof spray or using waterproof covers for panniers? Which one was best? I don't want to invest in waterproof panniers as I ...
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Can you put a kickstand on the righthand side?

Kickstands are always on the left, likely because gears occupy the righthand side. Has anyone had success with installing a kickstand on the right side? After using my left-side pannier routinely ...
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What kind of panniers is this tubus rack flange for?

I was bolting on my Tubus Nova front rack and noticed that there were bolt holes on the bottom of it, and got to wondering what they are for. The instructions are mostly in pictures and just show ...
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Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack two versions confusion

There are two versions of the "Topeak Explorer Tubular Frame Mounted Bicycle Rack" 'regular' (TA2026-B) and 29er (TA2042-B ) I'm not sure what would work best with my 700c hybrid bike? The ...
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How do I make my pannier bag less smelly?

Because I ride my bike everywhere, my pannier bags (Ortlieb Back Roller Classic) carry all kinds of cargo, from wrapped-up fish-and-chips to damp swimming and gym kit. I store them open whenever I can,...
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Pannier for cannondale caad9?

Every day I commute on my cannonade caad9 and carry a crumpler bag with my 15" MacBook pro, some work documents and often a change of clothes if it's a hot or rainy day. After years of doing this I'm ...
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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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Crash-proof Laptop bags for MacBook Pro for Bicycle?

I'm thinking of getting a new bike, one with a Pannier or Cycle rack; my job requires me to travel with a Macbook Pro and there are several issues. 1). I am worried about crashing/wiping out and ...
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Will it be a problem to bike uphill with a rear pannier with books (~2lbs)

I've been biking to work ~11 mi and my back hurts from carrying books. I was thinking of buying a pannier and putting my books in it. But I'm not sure if it'll be harder to bike, as I live in San ...
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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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Panniers for a Giant Defy 2.5 (2009)

I was wondering whether anyone had any retrogradations for a lightweight rear pannier rack and a rack bag which would go on my Giant Defy 2.5 (2009). I'm doing a 3 day cycle in a fortnight and will ...
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What does the term pannier really mean? Does how the bag is hung matter?

This question drew my attention to pannier here. I just thought that panniers are things that hung on bike. The Wikipedia definition with Google gives: A pannier is a basket, bag, box, or similar ...
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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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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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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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Making panniers out of canvas map bags -- how to seal after the build?

I'm planning to make my own panniers out of a set of army map bags -- these are small bags, about as large as a small front pannier, with a rigid back. The hooks I'm planning to use attach to the ...
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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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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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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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