JohnW wrote: pwa wrote:
JohnW wrote:Racks on my bikes at the moment are all 125mm. Am I stupidly missing something here?
No. You are just sticking with racks that are wide enough to offer a stable base for things you want to put on top. Which is what I do.
Thanks pwa - that's what I do. Wouldn't anything much narrower be difficult for panniers?
The Airy is great with panniers - I've used quite a few, but my current preference is the front city panniers from Ortileb. The rack is tapered in at the top and that makes it a bit more aero. There is just enough space for the two clips. I use it for credit card touring, but have managed to be away from home for up to a month with just the too small panniers - that allowed enough space to carry enough clothes to cope with a range of weather conditions from howling gales, sleet, snow and the heat of the desert.
When I don't have to pack for very cold weather, then I don't need to carry as much, and even if I'm away for several weeks then around 13 litres is absolutely fine. In which case even two small panniers is too much, so I've been looking for a rack pack to fit on top of my current rack.
I could go with one pannier, but I'm not sure that my OCD would cope
I know other racks are available, but this one fits my bike perfectly and given that it cost a lot of money I'm reluctant to buy another unless I have to. An equivalent titanium rack with a wider top is over £200
I tried Carradice Saddlebags and they are ok, but prefer the stability of my Airy
The search continues