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need rear pannier which does not stick up above top of rack

Old 08-22-10, 07:33 PM
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need rear pannier which does not stick up above top of rack

Other than looking at pictures, how can I tell how high panniers stick up?
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Old 08-22-10, 07:57 PM
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The Ortlieb rollers won't stick up above the rack if you don't fill them too full. And of course you can always get a rack like the Tubus Logo where the rail you hang the panniers from is below the top of the rack.

I'd give Wayne at The Touring Store a call. He can answer all your questions and recommend something that will work for you.
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I use Carradice Super C Panniers they don't stick above the rear rack at all.They may be even with them at the most.
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+1 on Ortlieb Rollers. Used them Friday to go pick up Chinese food, which was in a big box that had to sit atop the rack. The rollers stayed down below the rack without any problem. You can fill them as full as you want -- as long as you don't fill them to where they are above the rack. Duh!

In other words, you can have your cake and eat it with the BackRollers: fill them up to the level of the racks and they won't stick up above the rack. Or, if you don't need that at certain times, fill them to the brim and they will stick up above the rack, giving you a bit more capacity. Most panniers are more "formed" and would always be either above the rack (even if empty) or below the rack, but couldn't be made larger when needed. I believe the Ortlieb Packers are this way.
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I don't know how you could tell looking at photos but the Ortlieb rollers don't and there are med/low cost racks like the Topeak with lower rails.
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Originally Posted by LeeG
I don't know how you could tell looking at photos but the Ortlieb rollers don't and there are med/low cost racks like the Topeak with lower rails.
The inexpensive Nashbar and Performance waterproof panniers (which I like quite well) also do not stick up above the rack if you don't overload them.

If the reason for not wanting them to stick up is to strap a tent an other items across the rack, another option is to pick panniers that have loops for straps on top and strap top them rather than to the rack.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
If the reason for not wanting them to stick up is to strap a tent an other items across the rack, another option is to pick panniers that have loops for straps on top and strap top them rather than to the rack.
or one could only strap a narrow bundle (tent bag) lengthwise with two or three webbing straps with fastek buckles so the bundle could be pulled inward from the tops of the bags
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My Vaude panniers will remain at or below the level of the rack if you don't overstuff them. If you do overstuff them you can increase their capacity by c.50%, at the expense of them sticking up a few
inches higher. Up to you.
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Thanks all. Some good ideas here.
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Ditto the combo: Racks Bruce Gordon/bags Robert Beckman [MY Bags For sale with Custom made raincovers, and external pockets additions ] BG still makes the same racks.
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Most panniers I've seen do not stick out above the rack.

There are a handful of racks where the rails are below the platform, e.g. Topeak and Tubus make a few.
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