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Old 05-28-07, 02:44 PM   #1
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Heel hitting Pannier Bag

Query: Do pannier bags (saddle bag) fit only touring bikes?

I attached a $90 pannier bag onto a $20 rack on the back
of my bike (Miyata 110 road bike fixie), and my heel is seriously
hitting the bag. I mean, there's only roughly 5 inches between
the bag and the pedal. Only a midget could use these panniers.

I understand that Touring bikes have extra long chainstay. I guess
the reason for that is apparent now. Has anyone been able
to rig a rack to work with pannier bags on a road bike with short
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Old 05-28-07, 02:49 PM   #2
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Commuter forums...great ideas in there.

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yup, now you know why touring bikes have super long chainstays (well one of the reasons at least)
youcould get yourself an extra-long rack to help mount the panniers further back.
like a tubus expedition

does your pannier have a cutout at the front corner to improve heel clearance?
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I had this problem at first.. my bag had three little slots where the hook could sit at the bottom, I just had to move it back one and move the bag to the back of the rack. Maybe you could extend your rack back a little depending on how it is currently attached?
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Actually, it's more about the panniers and the rack than the bike. Some racks have the point where it hooks at the bottom further back than others. Some panniers have the ability to sit further back on the rack than others.
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I had the same problem on my commuter bike, fixed by moving the hooks and using zip ties to hold it in place. Zip ties can fix anything.
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