Re: Intro and a couple of questions
- If needed you could buy some Nylon strap material and make up a horizontal strap for the P racks to keep the panniers from swinging inwards into the rear wheel. IIRC REI has quite a selection of nylon strap available in bulk. I have also seen it at some hardware stores. A relatively easy to make accessory.
Make it with looped ends so it slides onto the P rack vertical tubes about like the standard Freeloader goes on the V rack.
From a center of gravity standpoint panniers should sit on racks as low as possible. Also on a standard bike rear panniers should be as far forward as possible without causing heel strike. Both make for a more stable ride. When loading the heaviest items should be as low and forward as possible in the panniers.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "speedub_nate" <speedub.nate@...> wrote:
> This is what I've observed. I have some Novara touring panniers on hand
> that fit the bill lengthwise, but another concern is that the top clips
> are high enough towards the top of the bag that the full height of the
> bag is actually useful for this. I've noticed quite a few panniers have
> the clips down nearer the midsection of the bag, and I suspect the
> bottom of the bag would actually wind up in the wheel.
> This clip height is also important to keep the bag from interfering with
> any load strapped to the deck -- in my case, a baby seat.
> Today I picked up a pair of much simpler Novara "Transit" panniers (
> http://www.rei.com/product/780451 <http://www.rei.com/product/780451> )
> which have the requisite high clip placement and necessary length.
> They're plainer looking than many -- blend with the freeloader aesthetic
> better; not as flashy as some others that might attract unwanted
> attention when racked. I'll do a quick test fit tomorrow and, if that
> works out, a grocery run Friday.
> Many of the "convertible shopping bag" and "shopping bag holder" type
> panniers I'm interested in for this bike are either too squat, or have
> the clips located too low to be useful to me.
> --- In email@example.com, "Bob Chmara" <lists@> wrote:
> > 2) How well do the P-Racks actually work with panniers? It
> seems like
> > they would only work well with panniers long enough so that the inside
> > of the pannier was resting against the FreeRadical frame.