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Racks & Panniers - What kind of setup do you need?

The commuter

As a commuter, you use your bike to move through an urban environment. This includes riding to and from work, going to the grocery store and any other location in the city. For riders like you, we recommend using a rear rack and 1-2 panniers. With this setup, everything from a laptop to a case of water can be packed away and transported.

Why do we recommend two panniers on the rear and not the front?

Well, basically every City & Touring bicycle can be outfitted with a rear rack, but sometimes the braze-ons for a front rack aren’t there. Rear panniers are also larger. Of course, increased weight on the back of the bike can make it less agile, but you can fit everything in them. For example, a laptop, change of clothes, rain gear and a puncture repair kit as well as that day’s groceries will fit fine.

The day trip

Taking a day trip on the bike is about relaxing and getting out of the city. Most of the time, this trip begins and ends at your front door. However, you need to be prepared for all eventual scenarios without sacrificing on comfort. It is best to either attach two panniers to a front or rear rack, though we recommend using two in the front.

Why do we recommend two panniers on the front?

Two panniers in the front spread the weight more evenly over the entire bicycle and affect the bicycle’s handling minimally. This is because the rear of the bike is already the heaviest and putting things like rain gear, a change of clothes, tools, a puncture repair kit, and food on a front rack keeps the bike balanced.

The weekend tour

Enjoying a weekend tour is an easy way to forget about the stresses of everyday life. That means you like to spend time outside and sleep in a tent with a sleeping bag or in a bed & breakfast. For this kind of ride, we recommend four panniers, two on the front and two on the rear.

Why do we recommend panniers on the front and rear?

This setup offers enough space to store everything while also spreading weight evenly over the bike. Of course, it can be difficult to pack everything correctly as well as steer a fully packed bike. When you pack, you have to think about things like rain gear, a change of clothes, tools, a puncture repair kit, food, sleeping system and a camping stove. It may seem overwhelming, but a front and rear pannier setup will make for an unforgettable tour.

Before panniers can be attached to the rear of your bike, you need a rear rack. Below, you will find a variety of options that are great for everything from trips to the grocery store, your commute to work and extended tours.

Panniers need to stay attached to your bike, handle any type of weather and be easy to use. The following are specifically made for rear racks and are great for daily trips as well as longer tours.

When it comes to front racks there are two options: the lowrider and the top loader. The lowrider drops the centre of gravity of your panniers to minimise the effect on steering. The top loader allows you to pack things on top of the rack other than panniers. Here, you will find both types to choose from.

Tubus Racks

Racktime Racks

Surly Racks

Front panniers are smaller, which prevent them from affecting steering too much. Often, they can be used on a rear rack as well. Check out our selection of front panniers below.