|These "exhaust pipes" will hold your panniers back AND give you 5 extra horsepower!|
Well I was back to square one earlier this year when I installed the Blackburn EX-1 rear rack. This is a very popular rear rack, but unfortunately is not compatible with my panniers. The reason I am using this rack is that it is the only one compatible with the Copilot Limo child bike seat.
|Copilot Limo Child seat, and test child|
Unfortunately, since the bike seat was one of three total rear attachments (panniers and milk crate being the others), I now had to figure out what to do about my panniers, and getting a different rack was not an option. Some people suggested lining the inside of the panniers with something hard, but I already tried that and it made no difference (in fact it probably just made it worse). Here's what I finally came up with:
It's just 1/2" pvc pipe and zip ties. I used an elbow piece to keep them from sliding out of the zip ties. Each pipe is attached in two places: a leg of the bike rack, and the seat stay. This prevents it from moving up or down, backwards or forwards. They stay put, out of the way of everything, and can even be slid out easily if you don't need them. They work VERY effectively, cheap, and easy to do. Hit all the points on my checklist. If appearance is an issue, they could be painted to match the rack (or hey, put "chrome tips" on them if you want to go full hot rod!)
Hopefully this will help someone who is going through what I did.