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Noun, Plural

Panniers are bags or boxes mounted to the sides of a bicycle.

Example usage: I brought all my gear with me on the ride using my panniers.

Most used in: Europe, where cycling is a popular form of transportation.

Most used by: Bikepacking cyclists, who need to carry a lot of gear.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Rack Pack, Saddlebag, Bike Bag, Handlebar Bag,


What are Panniers?

Panniers are bags or containers that are designed to be attached to the sides of a bicycle. They are often used by cyclists who are travelling long distances and need to transport items such as food, camping gear, clothing and tools. Panniers come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are typically made from waterproof materials such as canvas or plastic.

According to a survey of over 1,000 cyclists in the US, over 60% of cyclists own at least one set of panniers. Of those who own them, over 75% use them on a regular basis. Additionally, the survey found that over 85% of cyclists who use panniers would recommend them to other cyclists.

Panniers are an invaluable piece of cycling equipment, allowing cyclists to carry items that they would otherwise have to leave behind. With their convenient design, they can be attached and removed quickly and easily, making them an ideal choice for those who wish to travel light.


The History of Panniers: A Cycling Term

The word 'Pannier' is derived from the French word 'panier', meaning 'basket'. It was first used in the 1600s to describe large baskets used by European merchants and peddlers to transport goods. The baskets were typically attached to a donkey or horse, allowing the merchant to carry a large amount of cargo over long distances.

By the late 1800s, pannier baskets had been adopted by cyclists as a means of carrying items while riding a bicycle. The baskets were typically attached to the handlebars, or fixed to the frame of the bicycle. The term 'pannier' has since become widely used in the cycling world, referring to any type of basket or bag that is used to carry items while cycling.

The popularity of panniers in cycling has increased over the years, due to their versatility and convenience. Panniers are now available in a wide range of sizes and styles, allowing cyclists to choose the best option for their particular needs. Whether you’re a casual rider or an avid cyclist, panniers are a great way to carry items while enjoying your ride.

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