I'm going to have some birthday money to spend and I think I'm going to spend it on a good rack and some panniers. The bike in question is an 80's fixed conversion that has a rack on it already, but that rack is bent in a couple places and I'm thinking it's not structurally sound anymore!!
I have a lot of heel strike issues with the current rack, so I'm hoping that the new rack can either be tall or maybe set back?
The other thing is that I'm an engineering student. I carry lots of huge, heavy books and a laptop with me. I need a very solid rack that can take a lot of weight and isn't going to bend this time!
The panniers I'm thinking about are the Axiom Typhoons. They're big, waterproof, and reasonably priced. Does anyone have other suggestions? I have one rule about panniers - I will NEVER buy another set that isn't waterproof. Rain covers are worthless in a downpour.
Price really isn't an issue. I am willing to spend extra money for a decent set-up, so don't hold back!