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Old 05-02-14, 09:08 AM   #1
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Panniers on a Fixed Gear?

Does anyone have any experience using panniers on a fixed gear? I currently use a Chrome Ivan backpack but when I do grocery store runs it is a lot of weight on my back. Thinking about adding a rear rack to my bike and attaching the backpack to that.
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I commuted solely by fixed gear for a couple years, and I ended up moving to a rack and panniers. Best decision ever. Backpacks suck. No reason it's any different of a decision for a fixed gear than a geared bike. Geometry plays a more important role than drive train. For instance, mine had a really short back end, which made getting the rack to sit level was a chore, and the bags had to be put as far back as they could to avoid heel strike.
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Its just a bike , add racks if you want , and they fit .. and bags.. if you like a fixie , fine .

once you start hauling weight regularly, you may change your mind. thats your choice ..

That Additional weight will have to be accelerated and slowed down ..


I use 2 front panniers , on a low trail bike , which makes it more stable ..
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I commuted solely by fixed gear for a couple years, and I ended up moving to a rack and panniers. Best decision ever. Backpacks suck. No reason it's any different of a decision for a fixed gear than a geared bike. Geometry plays a more important role than drive train. For instance, mine had a really short back end, which made getting the rack to sit level was a chore, and the bags had to be put as far back as they could to avoid heel strike.
This is my thought.
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My 1955 Raleigh fixed gear has had panniers but now I use a Carradice seat bag... it also has front and rear brakes.

Have also used a rack and panniers on other fixed gear bikes and always run a front brake as a minimum and with extra weight you would not want to run brakeless as you would have to stop more mass that is sitting over the back wheel.
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Other than heel strike (because most fixed gears have such short chainstays), I don't think there's a problem. My bike is longer and I think I could make it work. My commute is only 3 miles so a backpack is OK but I have this trunk bag that I can also use.

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I have Wald baskets on the back of one of my fixed gear bikes -- the winter bike, when I have to carry more.
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Do you have any specific concerns in mind you would like to share with us?


If the frame has rack mounts, it is no problem to carry racks, that is what the bike is designed for. Obviously the short chain stay track bikes do not have rack mounts (or any mounts if they are truely a track bike).


I commute with FG and panniers, although that bike has more road geometry. Accelerating and braking are slower when carrying weight on the rack (its is significantly faster even comparing wearing weight on my back vs carrying the same weight on the bike).


Do you have brakes? If you are carrying significant weight, you will need brakes. Obviously skid-stops don't work too well with 20+ lbs on the rear wheel. The extra braking power of brakes is important here.


Personally I use a messanger bag most of the time. Backpacks have the weight too high, and generate too much sweat. Panniers slow the bike down, change the bike's handling, and have wind resistance which is horrible riding against the wind. Messanger bag (with detatchable front cross strap) work best for me, but obviously I can carry more weight with panniers.
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