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Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Queen Charlotte, British Columbia
Bikes: Surly LHT, Gunnar Roadie, Trek Fuel EX, Fisher Twenty Niner
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What rack are you using? That can make a world of difference. I have seen poorly mounted Blackburn U-bolt style lowriders (the ones with the wheel hoop) wobble no matter what the load when they are not installed exactly right.
I ride with the blackburn lowriders that mount through fork eyelets (no hoop style), and they are very stable. I typically load my heaviest objects up front and down low in those panniers. My rear panniers are typically just clothing. Remember low and heavy, high and light. If you have a handlebar bag, ditch it. With this system, I can ride my LHT with no hands for miles, its more stable than a barge.