Originally Posted by DukeArcher
Since I work (and live) at a bike shop, I generally have far too much time on my hands, as this next experiment shows. However, I MAY be on to something...
Low rider REAR racks?
Tubus logo + scavenged Boer Yeuh racks
Comments, thoughts, criticism?
Yeah, I've tried this too.
It does improve handling noticeably, especially if you load the heavier, denser items low in the panniers. The bike is somewhat less tipsy and more stable.
If too low, the panniers can scrape the ground during turns.
Sometimes (how often varies greatly from individual to individual) it's nice to have some extra clearance for obstacles and (some) trails.
[Even though there is some degree of improved handling, it isn't a night-and-day sort of thing, and optimizing it too compulsively may not the best way to spend one's time. (Though that would of course depend greatly on you and what you want to be doing with your time....)]