You might think that racks are pretty mundane. It should sit firmly on the bike and bring your load safely to its destination, be it your luggage on journeys or your shopping in everyday life. If you take a closer look, however, you will quickly see how diverse the market for baggage transport solutions has become. For a while now there has been much more than the classic stay frame with a simple spring clamp that seldom held a basket well between it and the rack. The market is large and diverse requiring you answer this crucial question: Do you want to be able to hang your luggage flexibly on any bike with a luggage carrier or are you looking for a special solution that allows you to attach baskets or suitcase-like bags to your bike securely and stably? The flexibility of hook-style panniers, which can usually be attached to almost any rack using a three-point attachment, is accompanied by the disadvantage that the connection between pannier and carrier is always somewhat susceptible to rattling and wobbling. On cobblestone or rutted country lanes these style bags make themselves noticeable. Although quality manufacturers always offer spare parts for their products, in some situations the decision for a rack system may be inappropriate, especially if the belongings (e.g. sensitive photo or film equipment) are to be fastened as vibration-free as possible or baskets, crates or stable suitcase-like bags are desired. In this case, however, you have to choose one system if you don't want to fall into the compatibility trap all the time.
Here we show you the most common baggage systems and briefly explain how they work. This will help you find your way around the labyrinth of fastening systems more quickly and you can put together the perfect equipment for your next bike trip.