Author Topic: For Guys (maybe Girls) with size 14 + feet hitting the panniers. A kinda techy ?  (Read 5661 times)

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Offline tonythomson

Was just about to buy a Bike Friday - until I realised that my heels would allow me only a 4" wide rear pannier!  I've always struggled with hitting the rear pannier even on a 700 wheel any thoughts ideas.  Not smaller panniers as I need the space for extra water/food when crossing Australia.  Got away with it in USA. Trailer's not an option because of hassle when flying plus if I used that option on a BF it limits me how I tour in the future.

What happens to the ride if I extend the rear pannier to take the larger panniers.  The load would be well behind the rear hub ...... any ideas?
Thanks Tony
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Offline John Nelson

If your rear load is behind the rear hub, you really should make sure you also use front panniers with at least half the weight up front. If you do that, I think you'll be okay (depending on how far behind the rear hub the weight is and how it is distributed).

Offline ducnut

You may try something like this (from

Offline waynemyer

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Maybe this is wandering tangential to your question: after all the discussion regarding BF trailers and your need to haul extra water, what specifically about the BF trailers leans you towards the panniers?  Serious question.  I am not understanding the reasoning regarding "limits how I tour in the future."  (user:waynemyer)

Offline tonythomson

Hi Waynemyer - fair question , I do a lot of touring and apart from crossing Australia - where I will need to haul extra water etc on the trailer - when that trip is finished I want the option of not having to haul a trailer all the time.  In the future I plan to use an old suitcase ( we have several) to travel with the bike and dump it at my starting point and then buy a cheapo case when coming home to UK.  So if I pay 3,000 dollars for a BF (that is the quote ) I want to know I can tour with or without the trailer.

Thanks for the advise guys and now I need to decide real quick as want to do LEJOG hopefully in September to try the bike out before Oz.
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