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    front panniers on a bent?

    has anyone tried putting a front rack with small panniers and maybe 15-20 pounds on a 26/650 front recumbent wheel? if yes, how did it handle after this?
    just wondering if weight could be disributed this way in a touring scenario.
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    It has been done, I have seen pix of bents so tricked out and
    www.hostelshoppe.com has a variety of front racks and bags
    for small wheel bents. I would think handling would deteriorate
    but have no experience. There was a poster at www.bentrideronline.com
    who toured Europe several summers on a Rans Stratus with a front
    and rear pannier setup.

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    Well, as long as your feet don't hit the panniers, you'd be fine.
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    Its been done and it works well, The wife and I tour with a Ffront rack on our Gulfstream and when touring alone I use it mounted on my slipstream

    This a photo of the rack mounted on the bike.
    http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/3792/hpim0095zg0.jpg

    This is a photo of the bags with the rain covers from a tour last year.
    http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/5743/im001248ep6.jpg

    And from the cockpit.
    http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/6980/im001223xt1.jpg

    The rack just looks like it was made for the bike, made by Nitto so quality is not an issue. No problem with my feet hitting the bags. I tried the OMM rack and found it sat to high above the front wheel, it worked fine, just looked out of place. I also built a custom rack from 3/8" solid 6160 but it was just a little clunky looking.
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    do you have any photos of the Sliptstream fully loaded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbaggerlen View Post
    Its been done and it works well, The wife and I tour with a Ffront rack on our Gulfstream and when touring alone I use it mounted on my slipstream

    This a photo of the rack mounted on the bike.
    http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/3792/hpim0095zg0.jpg

    This is a photo of the bags with the rain covers from a tour last year.
    http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/5743/im001248ep6.jpg

    And from the cockpit.
    http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/6980/im001223xt1.jpg

    The rack just looks like it was made for the bike, made by Nitto so quality is not an issue. No problem with my feet hitting the bags. I tried the OMM rack and found it sat to high above the front wheel, it worked fine, just looked out of place. I also built a custom rack from 3/8" solid 6160 but it was just a little clunky looking.

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    Hmmm, no sorry. But it looks just like the Gulfstrem less one seat.
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    Bent front panniers

    Has anyone seen a Greenspeed trike with panniers on the front? Pictures? I have a GTO that I wonder about putting a rack and panniers on the front - heck ingenuity is just another trait that should be exploited ;-)

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    IM sure it could be done...But why clutter the view? The wife and I had a Organic Engines Torika tandem trike what I did was to build a custom rack that allowed us to use our Arkel TT84's and the GT35's. The GT35's mounted right behind the the wifes seat. Sorry its not a very good photo, we were camping in the woods and it was getting dark...
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