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Old 10-10-13, 02:57 PM
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The Etiquette of Panniers

I've outfitted all my bikes with racks- and I've come to appreciate using panniers to carry stuff rather than getting all sweaty under a backpack. Although I have a couple of handlebar bags, I just like panniers better.

I'm fortunate that I've come across a few different sets of the old Cannondale Overlands panniers- but around town I rarely have much more than a few things in a couple of the outer pockets- I don't like riding with just one- i think it looks 'unbalanced' or not finished. But if I'm riding with two, but barely anything in them, I feel like I'm playing dress up or something.

So is it acceptable to ride with just one pannier?

Or is it too "poseur" to ride with two- and next to nothing in them?
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Old 10-10-13, 03:01 PM
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No idea of the proper etiquette, but I frequently ride with just one - no need to put on the other if I'm only carrying a few things. And, in light of the 'pannier theft' thread, it probably reduces the temptation since the resale value of a single pannier would be far less.
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Put a seriously P.O.'d Tomcat in the empty side and act nonchalant. Nothing poseur when you do that!
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Pick up road kill to fill the 2nd one.
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Your gona die with just one.

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Old 10-10-13, 03:40 PM
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Nothing wrong with riding with only one. Actually, I only own one.
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I ride with one regularly on my commute. I had similar feelings to you at first, but I got over it.
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How about a set of "small" panniers? Mini panniers. Panniers petite. You know....something similar but not so large.
Saddle bag?
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I don't use panniers around town; I do use Wald folding baskets on the rear rack. At first I only used one basket and put all my stuff in it (heavy bookbag...I was a grad student), but I found that the imbalance gave me lower-back pain. So now I use two and divide. Your results may differ.
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I use one old school front C-dale pannier on the right rear rack of my townie. Looks great and holds a 6 pack and groceries. More important is that it balances or supports the bike so it leans against walls without a tendency to twist and fall.
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I mainly just use one. I have two Ortliebs, one sits in the closet most of the time and the other gets used almost every day.
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one grocery pannier on the grocery getter.

i need a long, plastic baguette sticking out of it. or maybe i can shellac a real baguette.

this would prevent the need in buying a fresh baguette each time, but justify the beret atop my head and lit cigarette hanging out the mouth.

i normally ride a bike without a rack and wear a small mess bag.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Your gona die with just one.

Stop being so melodramatic. You'll only get the herpes with just one.
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Originally Posted by eschlwc View Post
one grocery pannier on the grocery getter.

i need a long, plastic baguette sticking out of it. or maybe i can shellac a real baguette.

this would prevent the need in buying a fresh baguette each time, but justify the beret atop my head and lit cigarette hanging out the mouth.
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You could probably just go "oh hohoho" in the most French way possible. Throw in a few "Zoot Alors!" For good measure.
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Unfortunately, riding with just one would keep me up at night.
Of course, it has nothing to do with etiquette.
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Never thought about it. I ride 1 or 2 (or none) based solely on what I intend to carry. On Fridays when I take my weeks dirty laundry home from work, I use 2 plus a few grocery bags full bungeed to the top. Utility is the best style.
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For my commute, I use one Ortlieb roller top. It is rather large and you can put a lot of stuff inside. I use one because it is easier to deal with one than two if I go to a store or something. Also, on my route there are a few narrow places where having two would get in the way.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
I mainly just use one. I have two Ortliebs, one sits in the closet most of the time and the other gets used almost every day.
Same here.

Although we have Arkels and Maddens as well for our Farmer's Market sortes.

I also have an Ortlieb roll top messenger bag that comes in handy.
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I ride with one on my Raleigh Twenty - primarily so I can fold the bike for transport without having to remove the pannier. Doesn't bother me in the slightest.
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I frequently ride with just one and always put it on the driveside so it'll offer a little protection for the RD if the bike falls over on the driveside. It hasn't happened, but that was my thinking when deciding which side to attach the pannier to.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
You could probably just go "oh hohoho" ...
oui oui. il s'agit d'une motobécane, après tout.

which doesn't explain why i yell "bonjourno!" to passersby.
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Really ? ...ride with one or ride with more than one....nobody here is "balanced" anyway !��

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........they're just bags.
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I always have my cheap one piece panniers on my bike. They don't separate.
Never really gave any thought to it. I always carry my camera bag with me.
Extra shirt . Snack or two. Small first aid kit, What ever else I may need.
My ride's are just for leisure, and usually a minimum of 20 miles.
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Placement is a bigger issue than odd/even. I ride with 2, one front, one back; both on the right side. I figure, if I fall asleep on the ride, the off balanced load will cause me to run off the road rather than into traffic, plus the rear pannier protects the derailleur......so ya need 2 to do it up right.

Brits should load to the left I'd imagine.
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