anyone out there use front panniers instead of rear panniers for their commute?
here's the deal: my winter beater has relatively short chainstays.
in years past, i've carried my stuff in a carradice, so the chainstay length was never an issue. this year, i've got a new job and i need to carry more stuff on a regular basis than the carradice can handle.
i mounted a rear rack but even with the bags mounted all the way to the rear, i still hit my heels on the bags if they've got any amount of stuff in them.
so, i'm wondering if anyone runs front panniers only for commuting. i'd like to mount a low-rider in the front and use my arkel samurai bags on a day to day basis.
any experience with this? rack recommendations?
p.s. i'm not interested in messenger bags or backpacks (my commute is 15 miles long one way and there's no way i'm wearing anything on my back that long)