foxyrider wrote: The utility cyclist wrote:
I've always gone right side so it sticks out into traffic, a full loaded bag that sticks out gains me at least an extra 6" of overtaking room by motors, noticeably closer passes when the bags virtually empty
Not quite sure how you work that out - aren't you wider than the panniers? Yes there might be six inches wider than your bike
but you are the widest bit unless you have huge bags.
The laughing emoticon should be the giveaway regards to the noticeable difference, however the bag does stick out further than my legs at the rear (my quads are only a couple of inches smaller than Chris Hoys at his peak so not small) and even when on my 56cm flat bar the bag will stick out wider than my shoulders and I'm not small in that area either. Fully packed out the bag will extend about 13.5" from the centre line of the tyre so somewhere about a 66cm bar width, I'd maybe ride that wide on a downhill bike but not on a bag carrying bike.
It may or may not make a difference but I'd rather the bag stick out on the offside as an obstacle to get around. When I transported my grandsons bike on the pannier recently and it was sticking out a bit - probably no more than a few inches more than the fully loaded pannier, drivers gave me an inordinately wide berth compared to usual, ALL of them, maybe it was the odd shape, maybe I just got a bunch od 'competent drivers (unlikely) but something sticking out that side than not is the way I see it.
And even with 10kg in the one bag a few times (went shopping from work and rammed it) I didn't notice any balance issues.
But whatever folk want to go with for themselves, there's no right or wrong is there, it's just a bag, one, two, left/right, top bag ... if it works for you then it's all good.