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Old 11-02-08, 09:19 PM   #1
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Odd pannier Request.

Appologies for the cross-post, but no one in electric bikes has an answer, so maybe someone here will.

Does anyone know of a pannier that will fit on the left side of an ElecTrec electric bike (over the motor?) I was originally looking at an Ortlieb, but the shortest one they make is 11 inches, and there is 8 1/2" (at best) between the top of the rack and the top of the motor on that side.

I can put anything on the other side, but I'd rather not ride lopsided. I know about the rack bags with the fold out panniers, but they don't look useful for my purposes.

I suppose I could build something that would extend the rack out sideways to clear the motor, but then I'd have to do it on the other side as well for balance, which would make things really wide. Then the bike wouldn't fit in my bike locker anymore.

So. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-02-08, 09:22 PM   #2
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One suggestion is to use a front rack and mount panniers on the front fork instead of the rear. I don't know of 8" panniers.
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I have ridden for years using only one pannier and once you are going, you don't seem off-balance. Have you tried using only one? Another suggestion would be to modify a pannier (like the Nashbar ATB pannier) by sewing/rolling the bottom, to make it shorter. I just checked ours, and the distance from the hook to the bottom is 11 inches, so you would only have to shorten it 3 inches. The backing board is just fiberboard, easily cut.
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Old 11-03-08, 06:06 AM   #4
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I have ridden for years using only one pannier
Ditto. Single pannier isn't a problem at all - you won't feel lopsided.
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Old 11-03-08, 07:21 PM   #5
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Single pannier isn't a problem. And aren't you saying there's a motor on the other side already? Aren't you already lopsided?

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