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Old 12-05-05, 08:44 PM   #1
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Wide Panniers & Small wheels

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I am a newbie in touring looking to embark on a Eurotour this summer. I am very interested in making a Pannier system involving the Arkel Attachment kit and some buckets/plastic crates. The thing is that i have found some excellent crates but they are kindoff wide (about 35 cm) when compared to regular panniers. So i am wondering, does this matter? Is there a reason why most panniers/bags are rather slim (and often long/high) rather than wide. It would seem to me that it is easier to get find stuff in a somewhat wider container. I do realize wind resistance might be increased but i am not going for max speed. I have seen some people use some HUGE buckets (buckets of Doom) but mine are actually fairly small in height department (about 40 cm) which i am guessing would reduce wind drag somewhat compared to wide and high buckets.

I have thought about the added width possibly hindering me otherwise but i figured the panniers wouldn't be all that much wider than my shoulders so in terms of manouvering around things i don't see that many problems either.

I do realize it won't look so nice but that is no biggie. Any thoughts or opinions? Did i miss some things that make these panniers a bad idea? Maybe i should keep looking for narrower versions? You guys know any buckets that would be more suitable?

By the way my Tour will be on a 20 inch folder Raleigh Twenty, so my panniers simply can not be to high/deep.
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Old 12-05-05, 08:50 PM   #2
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The further the weight is from the bike, the more effect it will have on your handling. If you do go with wide panniers, put the heavier items closer to the bike. Actually I do this with traditional width panniers.
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Old 12-06-05, 12:11 AM   #3
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Ah thanks, that does make a lot of sense now i think of it, also i think i may have found narrow yet cheap bucket style panniers. Cheers.
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If your luggage rack is low down, you may prefer the style of pannier which lies over the rack with 3 compartments: left, right and top. This does remove the top of the rack as a strapping point for tents etc but will enable you to mount the luggage clear of the ground.
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