Panniers for a road bike?

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Panniers for a road bike?

Postby CyclingObsession » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:34 am

I commute 40km return trip to work 5 days a week sometimes 7, I use my carbon road bike so I can get in and home faster, however I use a backpack but I am sick of it weighing me down and it cant be good for my back long term, I usually have my about 5kg of weight in the bag, is it possible to put Panniers on a road bike and if so what do I need?

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Re: Panniers for a road bike?

Postby CookeeeMonster » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:13 am

you can put panniers on a road bike - you'll need to check whether you have the fittings for a rack. If not you can still do it though you'll need to buy an adapter I think - someone else will be able to fill you in

I went down the Carradice saddlebag option (the 11 litre one) with the quick release adapter. Basically a big saddlebag (come in sizes from quite small to very big (20 litre+)) and that might be a good option for you? I prefer this system to the pannier and rack i had on my hybrid, but you might be different. Worth considering though
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Re: Panniers for a road bike?

Postby fatsmoker » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:01 pm

I got a Halfords pannier on my Spec Secteur with an Avennir pannier bag. About 7kg in it in the mornings, less on the way home as lunch is eaten! Bike has the eyelet things to screw in the rack. No problems so far with the wheels and that's over some really s*** bits of council estate roads.

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Re: Panniers for a road bike?

Postby InkZ » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:11 pm

I've got a Carradice saddle bag on my carbon bike which I use for commuting :)

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Re: Panniers for a road bike?

Postby CyclingObsession » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:28 pm

Great stuff glad it can be done, what bags would recommend for carrying trainers swim gear lunch box huddie. in the back pack I have now it only barely fits in and sometimes ~I have to do without some things.

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Re: Panniers for a road bike?

Postby jimmypippa » Mon Mar 04, 2013 21:35 pm

CyclingObsession wrote:Great stuff glad it can be done, what bags would recommend for carrying trainers swim gear lunch box huddie. in the back pack I have now it only barely fits in and sometimes ~I have to do without some things.


Do you know the size in litres of your pack?

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Re: Panniers for a road bike?

Postby unixnerd » Sat Mar 09, 2013 13:28 pm

My nephew and I both run Tortec Velocity racks, not dear and almost the lightest on the market. As for panniers you can't beat Edinburgh Bicycle's 20 quid own brand. My set are over ten years old and still great.

On my Cannondale I use the rear mudguard fitting to double up as the bottom pannier mount. On the seat stays I fitted P-clips. If you don't have a bottom mount you can get adaptors that fit them to the axle skewer.

If it's only a 5kg load you might look at a large bar bag. Trouble is a lot of them rule out fitting lights up there.
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Re: Panniers for a road bike?

Postby iPete » Sat Mar 09, 2013 14:42 pm

If you are packing light get either an Ortlieb large saddle bag or carradice. If you want to stay fast an efficient panniers can be a real drag on a long windy week.


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