Custom front, rear or lowrider racks make your bike both classier, and more utilitarian.
I specialise in porteur racks: I can make any size you could reasonably want. I can add things like wooden slats, dynamo light mounts, with internal or external cable routing, or extra copper name plaques. They will fit your bike perfectly, no cludgy adjustments like the commercially available alternatives. Just solid, strong, fillet brazed goodness, with a hardwearing satin black powder coat.
It may seem counter intuitive, but carrying weight on the front of your bike is by far the best way. The large front platform of a porteur rack makes carrying unwieldy, awkward objects possible in a way that simply isn’t with panniers on a rear rack.
You can see what you’re carrying, and hold onto it if you need to. You can throw a backpack on it, or a microwave, or a bag of rubbish for the tip, or…
Custom fitted racks are from £200.