LifeLine Alloy Rear Pannier Rack review

Not a fight to fit, but doesn't work with all bikes and some of the supplied bolts deteriorate quickly.

LifeLine Alloy rack
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Lifeline Alloy Rack looks great on a bike and is capable of carrying a decent load. The spring-loaded bar is a practical addition to a wide platform. However, the rack's definitely not compatible with all 'wheel sizes from 26" to 700c'; the arms connecting the rack to the seat stays the lack length to make this possible. The bolts on the rack are not the best quality either.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy to mount

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    Affordable - RRP £22.99

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Won't fit all bikes

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    Bolts easily round out

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Designing a universal rack to fit all bikes is becoming quite a challenge. Unfortunately, LifeLine's 'universally fitted to disk and calliper brakes, it's compatible with wheel sizes from 26" to 700c' description is a little mis-leading; its rack falls short, quite literally. If you can get it on the bike, it's got some merits, but it's also not without flaws. 

Here's how it stacks up against the best bike pannier racks such as Ortlieb's Quick Rack.

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.