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Old 07-24-07, 10:44 AM   #1
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Panniers?

Hello all,

I am beginning to grow weary of backpacking everything I need for my commute (shirt, tie, dress pants, tools, etc.) and began to entertain the idea of panniers. Disclaimer: stupid questions ahead, poster is not responsible for any fluids which may be forcibly expelled through the nasal passage. How do panniers mount? Do they have a universal fit? How can I tell if my bicycle is able to have panniers without serious fabrication and/or hose clamps (they are ugly IMHO)? Are the bags detachable from the frame? Which brands would you recommend for something that you would not lose sleep over should it come up stolen?

I ride a Raleigh Mojave 2.0 (yes, bottom of the barrel) if that information is helpful.

Thanks for any and all assistance!

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Old 07-24-07, 11:12 AM   #2
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Update:

using my google fu I found that once again I have placed my foot squarely in my mouth. Please replace "pannier fitting" questions with "rear rack fitting".

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Well, assuming you have the brazeons and mount points for a rack, it's not difficult. If you don't, it's still not hard.

With mount points: The only concern is heel clearance, a mountain bike has short chainstays, so you'll need a rack with a lot of setback for heel clearance.

No mounting points: P Clips and the seat post tensioning bolt are your friend.
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-174528.html

Another option is a combined Trunk?pannier bag (Trunk bag with zip out panniers), and Beam Rack that mounts on the seat post.
http://www.cyclexpress.co.uk/.%2fpro...m_Rack_EX.aspx
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I have a Diamond back Response, just a basic mountain bike hardtail. I bought a Trek Aluminum rack like this

http://biketrailershop.com/catalog/i...akmtx-rack.jpg


they mount up like this...

http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS...RGO%20PAGE.htm
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I assume you're looking for a trunk bags to mount on top of a rack. There are two types of mounts that I know of: Velcro and quick-mount. The quick mount racks mostly mount on the seatpost, and can't take as much weight as a proper rack that is bolted to the frame both above the rear brakes and by the rear axle.

Quick mount racks are far more convenient, but expensive. The type that velcro on take longer to mount and remove, but are cheaper and you'll have a greater selection of bags.

If you want a cheapo trunk bag, you can get one from performancebike for $20. If you want something a little better, search around, there are a lot of threads on just this. (I like my Banjo Brothers panners and trunk bag very much. The trunk bag was, I think, $35.)

Look for something expandable. You might also want to look into a "garment bag" pannier. Some folks on the commuting forum swear by these.
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Thanks for the links guys. Now I got a good idea of how they will go on mounting, and name brands for googleing. I would go to the LBS I bought my bike from but they close at 5, right when I get off work. I also wanted to get an idea of what I was getting into prior to arriving. Maybe a Saturday trip out is in line if it rains.

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