Panniers and big feet

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by redjedi, 29 Apr 2010.

  1. redjedi

    redjedi Über Member

    Location:
    Brentford
    It's getting close to pay day and my purchase of a new bike.

    I'm getting a single/fixed gear bike for commuting, shopping and general riding about on, so I want to add a rack and panniers to it.

    I've read the occasional post about peoples heals clipping the bags, and I'm worried this might be more of a factor for someone with big feet.
    I'm a size 12 and I occasionally clip my heals on my chain stays (washers needed on the pedals to move them out).

    Is this going to be a big problem when getting panniers to work?
    Is there a different type of rack that positions the bags further back?
     
  2. iLB

    iLB Hello there

    Location:
    LONDON
    might be one to post in touring as well luke
     
  3. e-rider

    e-rider crappy member

    Location:
    South West
    Yes, you're likely to have problems if you use a standard rack. I have size 11 and mine were hitting.

    You need to get a rack with 2 mounting rails and use the lower ones. I now have about 1cm clearance, which isn't much but it's enough!

    Not sure that a fixed wheel bike is the most suitable for use with panniers... as depending on what's in them you'll want a different gear!
     
  4. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Agree with Tundragumski. Use a dual rail rack and, if you don't need the extra space, use front panniers on the rear. They are smaller. Also, if you can stretch to Ortlieb, they have a tilting rail system designed to avoid what you describe.
     
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