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Your guide to racks and panniers — all your bike luggage possibilities from low riders to convertible backpacks

Your guide to racks and panniers — all your bike luggage possibilities from low riders to convertible backpacks

What’s the best place on your bike to hang your bags? Are panniers the best way to carry stuff on your bike? We take a not-at-all-biased look at your options in bags that hook on your bike.

Folks who choose to carry stuff in panniers tend to be a bit fanatical about it. They point to the advantages of panniers over shoulder bags and backpacks: no sweaty back, larger capacity, far more comfortable, easier to waterproof and did we mention you don’t get a sweaty back?

I’ve got to admit to a strong preference for panniers. Sure, I’ll grab a backpack or courier bag if I’m just nipping into town for the evening as an easy way of carrying the stuff I don’t want to leave on the bike, but to carry more than a couple of light items, it’s panniers every time.

Another big advantage of panniers is that they can only be used on the bike, which means a) I know where they are (on my bike) and b) neither of the teenagers is going to go to the hassle of borrowing them so they’ll stay there.

But I’ll try not to be too evangelical here.

We’re just dealing with traditional racks […]

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