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    Novice Question: Suggestions for Front Panniers?

    Hello,

    I would like to receive suggestions regarding the purchase of front panniers. I know this is a very basic subject for this forum, so please excuse my novice-ness.

    I've only toured with rear panniers and a handlebar bag, and found the weight difference between front and rear of the bike to be sometimes a problem. I do self-contained tours, but keep the bulk and weight that I carry to a minimum.

    I just added a low-rider front rack. Please note that my wheels are only 26", so maybe ground clearance could be an issue? I would like the front panniers to be more or less waterproof without the use of plastic bags, or at least include rain covers.

    Can anyone suggest a good front pannier that satisfies the above requirements without costing too much? (Arkel seems to have a good one, but it's over by budget: about $119 for EACH pannier.)

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    I just ordered these at $121/pair plus $31 for the rain covers:

    http://www.panniers.com/panniers/xm2...asp?fl=1&site=

    If you need something a little smaller and cheaper there are the t-22s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David in PA
    Hello,

    I would like to receive suggestions regarding the purchase of front panniers. I know this is a very basic subject for this forum, so please excuse my novice-ness.

    I've only toured with rear panniers and a handlebar bag, and found the weight difference between front and rear of the bike to be sometimes a problem. I do self-contained tours, but keep the bulk and weight that I carry to a minimum.

    I just added a low-rider front rack. Please note that my wheels are only 26", so maybe ground clearance could be an issue? I would like the front panniers to be more or less waterproof without the use of plastic bags, or at least include rain covers.

    Can anyone suggest a good front pannier that satisfies the above requirements without costing too much? (Arkel seems to have a good one, but it's over by budget: about $119 for EACH pannier.)


    Thanks,
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    Ortlieb front roller Classics. $120 per pair at REI. Great bags that are very waterproof. Not very fancy but they get the job done and the attachment system is outstanding.

    I'd suggest using plastic bags for your clothes however. Keeps everything nice and organized. It's not needed but it is nice to just reach in and pull out a day's worth of clothes.

    Stuart Black

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    i second cyccommute, ortliebīs really waterproof. once a girl challenged me to throw our panniers(me vaude, she ortlieb) into the pond to see which one would float.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schumius
    i second cyccommute, ortliebīs really waterproof. once a girl challenged me to throw our panniers(me vaude, she ortlieb) into the pond to see which one would float.
    And?

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    well, my vaude was kinda broken so i said you can throw yours into the pond as you like, but iīm not going to throw mine in!

    you should see the expression on her friendīs face, and i should just slap myself to death. that was really a lame reply, now thinking about it.

    ps. then when i bought my ortliebs i did throw them into the water and they did float! luckily i didnīt compete with her, my vaude would just sink into the bottom and i would slap myself to death as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Ortlieb front roller Classics. $120 per pair at REI. Great bags that are very waterproof. Not very fancy but they get the job done and the attachment system is outstanding.

    I'd suggest using plastic bags for your clothes however. Keeps everything nice and organized. It's not needed but it is nice to just reach in and pull out a day's worth of clothes.

    Stuart Black
    Thanks Stuart (and everyone else) for your front-pannier suggestions. I ordered the Ortlieb Front Rollers today from REI. In addition to the features you like about them, I like their relatively small size.

    I almost went with PerformanceBike's Transit Pro because they come with a rain cover, but they are too large for my needs, and the attachment system seems shaky. In fairness, though, the TransitPros are considerably cheaper.

    BTW, I received 20% off from REI, which is good through April 3rd on any one item. I also used my REI dividend check, which helped.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David in PA

    I almost went with PerformanceBike's Transit Pro because they come with a rain cover, but they are too large for my needs, and the attachment system seems shaky. In fairness, though, the TransitPros are considerably cheaper.
    I have a pair of the Performance panniers, and the attachment system is shaky. I know some people have stated they like them, but I found the hooks to be "flexible" and had no confidence in them.

    Maybe it's a quality-control problem.

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    David in PA

    That seems like a deal impossible to pass by

    With the 20% discount less my dividend they will cost me about 80$.

    Going to order a pair today

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    what about a front rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Ortlieb front roller Classics. $120 per pair at REI. Great bags that are very waterproof. Not very fancy but they get the job done and the attachment system is outstanding.

    I'd suggest using plastic bags for your clothes however. Keeps everything nice and organized. It's not needed but it is nice to just reach in and pull out a day's worth of clothes.

    Stuart Black
    I just purchased Ortlieb's Front Rollers Panniers Classic. Unfortunately, they don't work properly with my existing front rack. It appears the diameter of the rack is too thick for the upper clips. I can barely "hang" the panniers and attach their lower clips to the rack. Due to the rack's thick diameter, they will definitely pop-off or become loose at the first major bump.

    I was hoping you or someone could provide suggestions for an appropriate rack. The panniers' top clips fit around racks 10mm in diameter. My bike is a Cannondale C400, which is more or less a mountain bike converted to a so-called "comfort" bike. The front fork does have eyelets.

    Thanks,
    Wolfy(I also posted this in a new thread.)

    Thanks,
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    Last edited by David in PA; 03-16-05 at 07:47 PM.

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    thereīre removable "spacers" in the hooks, you take them out and you have more room for the thicker rack.

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    Why don't you get oversize replacement clips

    http://www.ortliebusa.com/cartgenie/...st.asp?scat=21
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    Quote Originally Posted by spang621
    what about a front rack?
    Tubus Tara. Great rack and it looks cool. http://www.ortliebusa.com/cartgenie/...p?pid=73&cid=3
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