Panniers on road bike??

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by mikmurray, 4 Aug 2012.

  1. mikmurray

    mikmurray Regular

    is it ok for a rack and panniers set on a road bike?
    thinking of getting the full set up on the c2w scheme with boardman road race bike, sick of cycling with my heavy rucksack!!
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    of course it's ok.
    If the bike has bosses for a rack then fill yer boots.
    Uncle Mort likes this.
  3. Becs

    Becs Über Member

    just keep the panniers balanced as much as possible - skinny wheels won't be as forgiving as fatter ones if you just run a heavy bag on 1 side. Otherwise as Ian says . . . .
  4. OP

    mikmurray Regular

    will the weight affect avg speed or will it be minimal?
  5. middleagecyclist

    middleagecyclist Call me MAC

    Get a Carry Freedom trailer. Just a quick unclip and the bike is ready for the open road when not on commuting duties. And you'll turn heads too!
  6. daSmirnov

    daSmirnov Well-Known Member

    Horsham, UK
    Weight will effect acceleration, but once you're up to speed the difference should be minimum. Bit more drag if they're on the sides. You'll notice it effect the handling more.
  7. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    I have a Spesh Secteur Elite and it has rear bosses for a pannier rack. I've loaded them with 15kg and it all works fine. Going uphill is even slower than usual, though.
  8. sabian92

    sabian92 Über Member

    I've got a rack and panniers on my road bike for commuting to college. Dinner, change of clothes, drink and a few other bits and bobs. Doesn't really affect handling as there isn't a lot of weight in it (apart from picking it up but that's to be expected) but my average speed does drop off by 2mph or so but over my 3.5 mile commute it makes no difference.

    Make sure you get a decent rack though. A cheap one will fall to bits - I've got one of these:
    And these panniers:

    16L each - perfect for commuting. Any more and you'll just pack stuff for the sake of it which is only going to slow you down. ^_^

    Beware though - it might not fit (mine didn't) straight off the bat. You might need one of these if you need a higher mounting point for the arms:
  9. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    The really strange thing about panniers is that your body seems to compensate for uneven loading. Plenty of people think that "single-pannierism" is an absolute abomination and a "style crime" akin to riding in Richmond Park in jeans. You can load a single pannier with at least 7 kg and you won't notice any difference until you try and park it. Most odd.
  10. OP

    mikmurray Regular

    Thanks for that info, exactley the answer i was looking for. cheers
  11. Pauluk

    Pauluk Senior Member

    I only use both paniers when I'm out with my wife. I just use one for my commute. I hate the ruck sack method, it makes your back sweat and can be dangerous if you fall off.

    I have this Topeak rack. Its very good because it has the top load rails that are just below the top plate so you can more easily load a separate top bag with the paniers in place.
  12. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops


    You do not have to say anything, but you may harm your defence if you do not mention now anything on which you later rely in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Come along quietly now, sir.
    lordloveaduck and slowmotion like this.
  13. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Bloody Style Police.....:gun:
    lordloveaduck and Nebulous like this.
  14. Nebulous

    Nebulous Veteran

    I recently had the same thought and bought a touring bike and a set of panniers from Edinburgh Bike. I'm commuting a relatively short distance with one pannier, but am glad to be clear of the rucksack.
  15. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    I went for a trunk bag (goes on top of the rack) as it creates less drag. The weight still affects you acceleration and affects the handling as the weight is high up.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice