Need to carry more while you're cycling? Panniers are a great way to add storage to your favourite set of two wheels, but without a rack to mount the bags to your bike, you won't get very far! Choose from a front or back mounted set up.
Without a proper rack, your panniers are going to interfere with your wheels and chainset, making it very difficult to ride. Install one though, and your bike becomes even more useful for shopping, commuting with extra luggage and much more. Different models have different weight capacities.
Choosing a pannier mount boils down to where you want to put your bags and how much you want to carry. You can mount your pannier racks on the back or front of your bike or go all out and add them to both ends for maximum carry capacity – it's up to you!
Bicycle racks give your bike versatility, it means you can go shopping, commute to work with a change of clothes, or go touring. It's safer and more comfortable to carry weight on the bike, rather than in a backpack. It keeps the centre of gravity low down and means less weight on your hands and bum. A good quality rack will support either a rack pack or, for larger loads, a pair of panniers. Racks which fit directly onto the frame are best, but for full suspension models, seat post mounted racks are also very effective. Disc brakes are also no longer a problem, with more and more brands making disc specific bicycle racks.