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    Racks and Pannier Fitting

    I have a vintage Miele with trackish geometry that I'd like to make a couple weekend trips with while I look for a more suitable frame for touring. I'm looking to fit a rack over 700c wheels with a dramatic seatstay angle, and I'd like the rack to ride level. I'm concerned about my feet hitting the bags.

    I don't have money for a Jandd, but the Topeak Explorer looks good, and there seem to be some affordable options from Axiom. Any advice on equipping for weekend trips? Has anyone encountered problems with these components on bikes with track geometry?

    Also, I'm debating between a one piece, over-the-top bag set, and a two piece pannier set. My concern about the over-the-top set is that it may limit my ability to tie things down to the use of whatever cords and straps the bag manufacturer has built in, while with the two-piece I can tie directly to the rack. Any thoughts?

    Pannier Candidates

    http://www.ebikestop.com/sunlite_tra...bags-94857.php

    vs.

    http://www.ebikestop.com/sunlite_tra...nier-94856.php


    Below are links of the racks I am considering:

    http://www.ebikestop.com/topeak_expl...ags-RK2521.php

    vs.

    http://www.ebikestop.com/axiom_strea...ack-RK6613.php

    vs.

    http://www.ebikestop.com/axiom_journ...ack-RK6602.php

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    I have the Topeak Explorer and regret getting it, rather than the Super Tourist DX, which I didn't know about at the time:
    http://www.topeak.com/products/detail/71

    Clipping pannier bags directly off the top means the pannier clips are always getting in the way of stuff you put on the rack, and you can't have both a rack bag *and* panniers.

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    To answer more of your original question, I don't think anyone really does one piece "over the top" panniers anymore do they? You're much better off with separate bags, that you can use individually for errands, and that you can mount lower. Though the Topeak all in one rack bag plus panniers looks like a good option if you don't do much touring, don't want to spend too much, and want lots of options.


    There are lots of good panniers out there, but quality varies with price. Make sure you get big ones - don't think there's really such a thing as a pannier that's "too big".

    With your bike with "track geometry", make sure you have the right mounting points - should be brazeons on the seatstay just behind the seatpost, and threaded holes just above the dropouts. In practice, racks always seem to fit - you may just have to bend the mounting rods or do something creative to make it work.

    Steve

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    I've had the Explorer for a couple of years and it worked but I was glad to finally get a set of Tubus. A chunk of change but well well worth it. I am of the philosophy that you get what you pay for and I would rather spend time saving up for a well made product that to waste money on the wrong one. But for your purposes the Explorer should work for a while. It's a little heavier than some but not as much as others.

    I also agree that a one piece pannier set would limit you quite a bit and highly recommend individual pieces.
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    Thanks for all the advice, I will definitely get two-piece panniers, and I will check out the super tourist. it looks like a better rack at a reasonable price. -Brian

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    i vote axiom journey. i really like mine. plat form is big enough to fit a thermarest, 3 person tent and 20degree bag. also carried two full panniers in addition to all that.
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