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Choose the perfect panniers for carrying your gear

Getting Started:

desert-tour-james Are you looking for an easy way to haul your bike gear, but don't know where to start?

Panniers are a great way to get gear off your back and onto the workhorse that is your bike. Whether you want to carry your stuff for the work commute, or go out on a small mountain bike tour, a good bicycle pannier and rack set up is a great first step in transforming your bike into a machine of utility, purpose and adventure.

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With the growing popularity in bike touring and the recent boom in bike commuting, there are a plethora of bike panniers on the market.

We've bring together an in-depth collection of the best panniers around. All of the panniers that we offer could be considered "the very best" depending on your particular inclination.

By offering all of the great bags stacked side-by-side, you'll be able to quickly get a good idea about their different features and best uses.

We pride ourselves as the pannier experts because we do get to use a variety of bags on a daily basis. Our shop is literally full of bike panniers and we've had plenty of time to touch, feel and test them all. Let us offer our input of nuances and subtle differences between panniers when you're deciding on a bag that's right for you.

There are many different pannier options for configuring a useful bike commuting or bike touring set up.

One main point to consider is how much you want to carry. Some bags have distinct advantages over others when it comes to hauling specific items and load weight. For instance, experienced commuters usually prefer lightweight panniers with lots of organization pockets for a laptop, change of clothes, and small bits and bobs.

The touring set up, however, is usually more simple, designed to carry a lot, and endure the daily beating of traveling through a multitude of weather conditions and over various terrain. When maneuverability and simplicity are key, racks and panniers are a good solution.racktime-travelit-rear-panniers-mounted-people

Which bags you choose may also depend on which type of bike rack you prefer and are able to install on your bike.

Low rider front racks and rear racks with dual mounting rails are popular for touring because of the ability to mount panniers low to the ground to lower your center of gravity for better handling.

Distributing the weight evenly between a pair of panniers is an important key to maintaining balance when fully loaded, the lower you can pack the heavier items, the better balanced your bike will be. It is also beneficial to distribute your heavier items between front and rear panniers, as that will also increase your stability and handling. See our Bike Rack information page for more on racks.

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