Combining the CargoBay + Pannier Rail

My EdgeRunner 10e and I are comin’ up on 3 years together and it never ceases to amaze me how this bike so easily adapts to my changing life needs. I initially got into cargo biking to haul my kiddo anywhere that was 2 miles from my house. Little did I know that was just the beginning of a family life that now pretty much revolves around biking. Nowadays, we go on road trips with destinations in mind for biking, we plan our weekends around trails and parks, and recently, I’ve been working on packing for our first remote (aka: not at a campground but just out in the woods) bike overnight. What was once just a kiddo hauler is about to double as a wilderness adventure rig just when I need it. Having a bag set up that can tackle my tent, camp stove, sleeping pad and kiddo is key.

When doing more than just in-town errands, I love being able to take my tried and true panniers along for the adventure. I’ve had these vintage bags for quite some time and being able to pop them off of my regular mountain bike and onto my Xtracycle with ease is a huge convenience bonus for me. But I also love how I don’t have to choose between CargoBays or panniers. I can have it all!

xtracycle sling set

My favorite method for keeping my cargo carrying flexible is to have the Pannier Rail installed over the top flap of my CargoBay. It slightly prevents the top flap from folding up fully but doesn’t interfere with attaching it to the mouth of the bag thus the functionality for me is not impacted.

xtracycle pannier rail

Having the Pannier Rail ready in waiting for a pannier is super handy for those times when my panniers are all loaded up and I just want to move them from my trail bike to my Xtracycle or for when I want to take my bags in the house to load up and bring out once I’m ready to hit the trail. I also love using my panniers as reusable grocery bags. I pop them off of my bike, bring them in the grocery store, fill them up, then pop them back on for the ride home.

The options with this “All The Bags” set up are pretty limitless. You got CargoBays:

xtracycle cargo bay

CargoBays plus one pannier per side, ideal for when there needs to be room for Yepp leg holds or a kiddo on the rear deck needs more leg room:

xtracycle pannier

On the EdgeRunner, the bottom of the pannier is best anchored to the outside of the YouTube, angling the pannier slightly away from the bike down towards the bottom. With the pannier set up this way, you still have plenty of room in the CargoBay. For example, a camp sleeping pad:

xtracycle pannier

xtracycle cargo bay

Or, you can go all out and carry some smaller items in the CargoBay and tote 2 panniers on each Pannier Rail:

xtracycle pannier

And what’s that in your pannier pocket? A SlingSet, you say?! With this super versatile and easy to store X3 bag addition, you can carry even more on the outside of your panniers.

xtracycle sling set pannier
xtracycle sling set

No matter your cargo carrying needs, one or all of these bag combos is sure to suit you.