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Old 02-10-06, 10:24 AM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with Performance panniers?

I'm thinking of ordering this one , but am unsure about the quality of it. It is to be used as my daily commute bag, carrying clothes, food, work related papers, etc.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Old 02-10-06, 11:02 AM   #2
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I was playing with one in the store the other day. The price is right and it seems like a good idea...

But those "panniers" are small, and the attachment points aren't particularly stout.

If you're going to use them regularly, I would spend the extra money and get some real panniers.

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Old 02-10-06, 11:44 AM   #3
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I've got both a travel trunk as well as a set of panniers. But I tell folks who can only buy one or the other to get the panniers instead of a HUGE travel trunk. There's no law says you have to mount both panniers. So on days when I'm hauling only enough stuff to fill one I only take one. Bike handling does not suffer. On days when I think I might stop at the store I mount both. It's a good option to have.

I don't have a set of expensive, super water proof, expedition grade panniers. I bought a light weight nylon set from REI. Although they don't seem to be available any longer, check out these from Nashbar.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

The price is right. And if you get them and decide they're not suitable Nashbar will take them back no hassle.

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Old 02-10-06, 01:17 PM   #4
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I had that trunk for a little bit to test, it was too small for me, only my shoes fit in the main compartment, then I had to drop everything else in the sides.
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I agree with DanO. I also bought the lightweight panniers from REI (no longer available) and have been very pleased with them. I've used bags on top of the rack and wasn't pleased with the instability. Buy real panniers, place them down low on the rack where they belong and they won't have to be too expensive to get the job done.
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My wife got me a set of these for Christmas.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2312

They work OK with good room and heel clearance. Mounting/dismounting the pannier on my rack is a little "fiddly" compared to other panniers. I'm not sure if the one you are looking at uses the the same mounting hardware but this one has the regular double hook on top but uses a strap with a loop buckle that you sinch up instead of a bungee. I find it a little difficult to reach behind the pannier to release the buckle. However, it does mount more firmly than a panier with a bungee.

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I have the waterproof ones from nashbar and they have been extremely durable. Got them on sale for $39.99 a couple years ago and they're still in great shape after daily use. Highly recommended.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

They're heavy (2 lbs each), but are absolutely 100% waterproof.
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I'm thinking of ordering this one , but am unsure about the quality of it. It is to be used as my daily commute bag, carrying clothes, food, work related papers, etc.
It doesn't say what the capacity is (cu in or cm) but it looks rather small. I'm sure you'd have a hard time squeesing in your clothes, food, papers, etc.
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I finaly broke down and bought my panniers today. After much deliberation, I decided you get what you pay for , and bought the Ortlieb front roller panniers for my cross-check. I was concerned about heel-strike since I wear a size 13 shoe and have 175mm cranks. The versatility of the mounting system on these sealed the deal (mounted and no heel-strike).

I realy didn't want to pay that much ($120.00), but I decided that buying a $40 or $50 pair that wasn't adjustable or waterproof just wasn't worth the risk of them not fitting my bike properly, and then having to return them. Plus I can alway use them on the front if I ever get into touring.
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I've had the Performance Commuter Bicycle Garment bag for about 15 years now. Still going strong. If the panniers are that good I would have no regrets about buying them.
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Old 02-13-06, 07:28 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the great advice... I've got alot to think about now. Hopefully this week I'll make it to an LBS and get a feel what I need, as it's tough to judge it by the pictures alone.
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I have that exact bag. (Edit: I mean the bag in the OP)

I've been using it for about 9 months so far. It is surprisingly waterproof given that it doesn't claim to be waterproof (it might say it's water resistant or something). I've ridden home in a downpour (4.5 miles) and the contents were like 98% dry... the inside was slightly damp is all (and I really mean slightly).

It isn't huge, but my planner, pants shirt underwear socks, cell, wallet, keys, sunglasses, and some other small misc all fit in the main compartment.

I don't use the panniers (I think I have used 'em once), normally I just keep them folded up inside they way they are when you buy the bag. You can use the two sides as side pockets that way instead of as panniers (and you can get real panniers, I have a grocery bag pannier I sometimes hang on one side). But I keep a lock in one side pocket (not a u-lock, a 6' cable) and a couple spare tubes + a saddle cover in the other side. The back pocket has my multitool, tire levers, patches, spare batteries, and probably some other small misc I'm forgetting about.

All in all I'd say it is a great buy. Sometime within the last month I somehow tore one zipper slightly, however it still zips past the tear most of the time (and even if it didn't, there's two zippers, I could zip from both sides if I had to). I think it has one other minor piece of damage that I can't think of at the moment.

I do not treat it very carefully, I take it off the bike every day at work (bike stays outside, so I carry it in). It's put up with a lot of abuse for a $30 bag.
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Old 02-13-06, 07:29 PM   #13
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i took a gander @ the same item listed by vespatterns at the start of this thread but the items that DanO kindly provided look interesting as well. I guess I have some decision-making on my hands but I had a question about one of the items that DanO provided, that being the Nashbar ATB panniers. Now since it is a "one-sided" pannier, does that not make riding sorta difficult? How would the balance be since it is just one side? Or are you supposed to counter it with something on the other? Is there an effect?
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Not enough to matter. Maybe if you were carrying bricks or lead bars or something.

I use a grocery bag pannier on just one side... I've carried a couple gallons of milk and OJ and stuff so a pretty decent load and the fact that it's off-center doesn't affect you too much. Think of it this way, I dunno what you weigh but I'm 200 lbs. A 20-lb off-center weight isn't going to affect my overall balance on the bike much.
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do those items come with the rack or mounting item? or do you have to purchase that seperately? from the info caption, i could not tell? but it's no secret that i can be nutty at times
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