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Old 07-15-11, 12:12 PM   #1
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Recommended Rear Racks and Panniers?

I've been aiming to make a couple of long distance trips over the next few months, and I've been in the market to find a nice rear rack and pannier bags to hold my gear. I have a lovely '80s Schwinn LeTour road bike that has 27" tires. I figure that as far as racks are concerned the discrepancy between 700C and 27" is negligible, but nevertheless are all racks made alike? I was looking at Topeak's Super Tourist DX rack that looked really nice for around 40$, but I've held off on ordering because I'm not sure about sizing.

For that matter though it's not likely that I'd make use of Topeak's MTX track/bags. I guess it wouldn't get in the way, but is there a better and similarly affordable option out there? My total budget for rack and Panniers is 100$, which while I understand may seem dismally low to some, is what I've got. That was the total cost of the bicycle itself.

My trips are 400 miles and 1200 miles respectively. What's a good solid set of Panniers that I can get for 60-80$? Recommended storage space? Waterproofing isn't important to me as I can find ad-hoc solutions, but if it won't occur additional costs then it's preferable.

I figured you guys would have the answers to my questions after being faced with a lack of information and a lot of love it/hate it reviews on bags. This is my first set and it's important to me that the rack is sturdy and built to last. I can skimp a little on the bags and replace them later, but they have to survive these trips.

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Old 07-15-11, 01:55 PM   #2
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the supertourist DX is a good choice and it'll fit your 27" wheels w. fenders. No reason to get another for the money. I'd look for smaller rather than larger panniers given that for heavy loads you'd be better off with small front panniers on low riders with low/med. load on the rear rack than putting on big rear panniers and attempting to load everything on the rear rack. Or small panniers on the rear and small front rack for dry/compression sack on top.


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_202599


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...1_10000_202601

while that's for mounting on cantilevers I bet a resourceful person could figure out a way to mount the struts to the fork blades with ss. straps attached to the fork crown. On top of that you could strap a compression sack.

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Old 07-15-11, 04:05 PM   #3
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My only rear rack is the Jandd "Expedition". Long/wide, yet to fail me.
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I might just put the order in for the Super Touriest rack tonight, then. I'll take a look at that front rack as well; I hadn't really given one any consideration but it should balance my bike out nicely.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a durable set of economic rear panniers?
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I see them on craigslist occasionally, and that'll definitely save you some dough!
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I might just put the order in for the Super Touriest rack tonight, then. I'll take a look at that front rack as well; I hadn't really given one any consideration but it should balance my bike out nicely.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a durable set of economic rear panniers?
Take a look at the panniers from Nashbar. They're inexpensive, well made, but not top tier quality. The only issue I've had with them was when one of my dogs was a puppy he chewed some buckles off both bags. They've proven to be reasonably water resistant in a summer shower.

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