Panniers on road bike??

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!!
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
of course it's ok.
If the bike has bosses for a rack then fill yer boots.
 

daSmirnov

Well-Known Member
Location
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.
 

slowmotion

Quite dreadful
Location
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.
 

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: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tortec/tour-rack-ec005641
And these panniers: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/altura/arran-16-pannier-ec008437

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: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=19012
 

slowmotion

Quite dreadful
Location
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.
 
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mikmurray

mikmurray

Regular
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: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tortec/tour-rack-ec005641
And these panniers: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/altura/arran-16-pannier-ec008437

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: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=19012
Thanks for that info, exactley the answer i was looking for. cheers
 

Pauluk

Senior Member
Location
Leicester
slowmotion said:
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.
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.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_231835_langId_-1_categoryId_236256
 

gaz

Cycle Camera TV
Location
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.
 
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