Hi all. I've been using a backpack since I started commuting, which has worked just fine. Now that the cold morning weather has set in I'm running into a problem. I'm wearing a few upper layers and a jacket in the mornings, since it's been around 35F when I leave. However, when I come home it's been in the 60s or 70s. I have to cram all my clothes into my backpack, which makes for a heavy load on my back, more sweat, etc.
So naturally I've been thinking about panniers. I have three questions:
1 - Has anyone other there using panniers on a Scott CR1? I'm wondering about hitting my heels, etc.
2 - If panniers will work with my bike, what are your suggestions? (brand, single/double, etc.)
3 - Do most panniers come with a rack or do I need to get that separately?
Panniers come without a rack. For you the best solution would be the Tubus rack at the link above. I use one and love it. It's solid. Call Wayne at The Touring Store and ask him all your questions; he is extremely helpful and very knowledgeable on the subject of racks and panniers.
He also has great prices on the products he sells.