Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Rural Western Wisconsin
Bikes: 9 vintage touring machines and a 1975 Motobecane Le Champion
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Handle bar bag the culprit
As a follow up on my recent tour I had major shimmy problems with F/R panniers and handle bar bag. I did all I could to adjust the load weight fore and aft in the panniers and did not have any success until I popped off the handle bar bag - end of problem.
This seemed odd to me since I have the compact Topeak hdb bag with the waist pack option. It has some weight but not excessive, and it never seemes to affect the bike unless I have front panniers also??
I'm curious if anyone else has had issues with handle bar bags causing such shimmy problems.
I like the quick release bag that I can keep wallet, phone, camera in to be handy and slap around my waist when I leave the bike for a short time. I have Blackburn low riders and no front platform so not much of an option for keeping stuff handy. The shimmy really sucked though so I may need to do something different.