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Old 08-08-13, 03:02 PM
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Panniers for a 20" Dahon boardwalk

I'm able to afford some goodies for my bike, so I need a little help. I have ordered a pair of Maxxis Holyrollers(inverted tread, good multipurpose tires, or so it seems), but I also want to get panniers. I've tried Axiom Seymour DLX(iirc) 30L panniers, but they don't seem to latch onto the bike at the bottom(very well) and they are just a bit too large(If I get heel strike when they are empty, it would be worse when they actually have something in them). What do you guys use(note: my LBS uses Seattle Bike Supply as the main supplier, so if you have a suggestion from their catalog, all the better)?
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I really love the Dutch made Basil-which are one of the suppliers of your Seattle Bike Supply wholesaler. https://www.basil.nl/ But being rather poor I cannot simply afford them. Does that stop me? Heck no! I make my own. (You can do so as well by simply hiring a local tailor/dressmaker to do a similar project). I based my bags on sometimes pure inspiration (like the little clip-on purple with yellow polka-dotted bag on my bike's front handlebars shown below as well) and other times photos from Europe (mainly bike loving and using country of The Netherlands). The first photograph at the far left is one such photo. I used it as a guide to make my own panniers (shown on the second photo on the left) to carry my mother's food bank donations home to her. While it is huge (it has to be as I cannot control how much food is given out), it does mean that I cannot pedal it fully loaded . That does not deter me as the bike becomes a pushcart to roll the heavy almost 50 pound (22.68 kilogram) amount of canned/freeze dried food and bottled fruit juice home. I have been doing this for 2 years now this coming November.
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Old 08-08-13, 04:31 PM
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Nice job, FF! Very colorful

AlaskanCub, different panniers might indeed turn out to be the best option for you, but you give some consideration to a single top bag rather than splitting the load on either side. The higher and centrally carried single bag methods have their own plusses and minuses compared to panniers, but small wheeled bikes really lend themselves well to that, especially if you buy or rig up an extra low rack.
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Old 08-08-13, 08:15 PM
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I've though about a top bag, but I was hoping to be able to carry stuff, and then take the bags off for shopping(especially groceries). The other factor to consider is I have a set of bicygnals indicators, which don't come with a rack mount, only seat post mount(rack mount is a separate accessory). Because the seat tube on the boardwalk is so fat, I have the seat tube mount zip-tied to my already(relatively) small rack, making topside attachment tough.

Going through the SBS catalog, I found 3 axiom bags that might be good candidates(smaller than the Seymour), and found 3 Basils(who's aesthetics did not bug me) that were close to what I was thinking of, 2 were non-print pattern shopping panniers. Nothing, however, replaces real world experience with products though.

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Old 08-13-13, 03:15 PM
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I had the same problem so I added 6" to the back of the rack using 1/4" steel rod, no heel strike problems now
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Old 08-15-13, 07:52 AM
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Get a small front rack and avoid the heelstrike problem. https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=7809555

Most regular size panniers can be used on a frontrack.
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I just got a down-tube nova and want to add some cargo space. some questions I have

Can i just buy "any" rear rack and put it on my downtube nova? or do i have to buy a special one?
are front racks better for panniers on a foldable 20inch wheel bike?
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Old 10-25-14, 04:20 PM
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Can i just buy "any" rear rack and put it on my downtube nova? or do i have to buy a special one?
are front racks better for panniers on a foldable 20inch wheel bike?
The rear rack on my Bike Friday is a regular Blackburn rack intended for 27"/700c wheels. The only change is to the struts at the front which attach to the seat stays - normally these are short and horizontal, but for the lower stays on the folding bike longer struts are needed and they are bent to angle down to attach to the stays. The rack sits quite high over the rear wheel and therefore regular panniers can be used on it without heel strike issues or danger of them hitting the ground.
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I have used a "normal" rack designed for large wheeled bikes on my 20" wheeled Xootr Swift and it worked well.
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front and rear rack from 'normal size bike' in my bike
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Is that a doddleganger folder? How do you like it?
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yes it is doppelganger M6 folding bike. it ride nicely, but somehow I fell that the bottom bracket is a little bit too high
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Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait View Post
I have used a "normal" rack designed for large wheeled bikes on my 20" wheeled Xootr Swift and it worked well.
I did that on my Dahon (D6) as I neded to be able to carry a big laptop. Used an Altura pannier, and it was fine. No heel strike issues and didn't really compromise folded size.
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