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    I need fancy panniers

    Actually my wife does. We did some net searching, and her reaction to most all panniers was "that's ugly"

    She needs something that will look good on her new ride- any ideas/help appreciated. We aren't opposed to spending money if it looks good(and functions)


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    Last edited by HardyWeinberg; 10-02-07 at 01:13 PM.

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    Gilles Berthoud, Rivendell, & Wallingford Bicycles are three good places to start. I'm starting to like big seat bags better than panniers for some reason, but panniers are useful too.

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I think Arkel Samurai panniers would look good on there. Assuming you can find them somewhere.

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    All panniers are ugly, with a ride like that I'd look more into a covered wicker box for the rack.
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    If you're going for style, I don't think panniers are the right choice

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    I've got a set of the Ortleib Shoppers and love them. $80.00 a side.
    But for a set of flat good looking panniers, Frost River makes a fine set. $120.00 for the set.
    The Ortliebs are more functional and have a vastly easier system for taking the panniers on and off.
    The Frost River panniers are waxed canvas, about the same capacity as the Ortliebs, and have aspen wood closures.


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    Crappy cel phone image of my Frost River panniers. They are going on my currently unfinished build.

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    If these Basil panniers are not what you're looking for, I'll be surprised. Go here to buy them:

    http://www.velorution.biz/?page_id=1088



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    Berthoud panniers would look nice on that bike. Ostrich too, and they'd be a lot cheaper.

    Finally, there's these, as seen at Interbike, but I'm not sure they're available for sale yet.

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    If you or your wife can sew, it is a not too difficult undertaking to make your own out of a durable (and fancy) fabric. I have homemade ones, and on tour I met more than one person with homemade panniers.

    A little research will give you all the details if you choose this route. I believe Ortlieb sells all the hardware to attach them in a sturdy, safe fashion.

    Just a thought.
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    Berthoud panniers are probably the ultimate in "fancy" but you will pay. The panniers which should go on your Amsterdam are actually made in The Netherlands by a company called Fast Rider.

    http://www.fastrider.nl/assortiment.html

    Good luck finding them in the US. I think the Seattle Dutch Bike Company sells them but good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    I vote for those. What beauties!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwoloz View Post
    If you're going for style, I don't think panniers are the right choice
    this is kind of what we were thinking, but I posted because sometimes other people know stuff I do not(although very rarely)

    Thanks to everyone else who posted too. The suggestions given are getting her closer to what she wants but not quite yet. She was thinking something brown and classy looking to match the seat/handlegrips.

    The making something ourselves is a great idea- I'll look into that.

    The frost river ones are almost there- a little darker brown and they would be perfect I think..

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    Rivendell just announced that they would be producing panniers shortly.

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    Panniers are basically bags with bits to attach them to a bike and sometimes rods or stiff sheets of material to help them hold their shapes. In your place I'd find a fastening system she accepted then have a professional seamstress custom make a bag that fits your lady's dreams. Can't be any more difficult then some of the exotic corsets I've seen in West Hollywood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    Do you have these?

    I have actually been considering them.

    I like that they are hand made and the look is classic

    Do they seem heavy?

    Will they be ruined by rain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAH View Post
    The making something ourselves is a great idea- I'll look into that.
    If you go the make your own route--Ortlieb makes replacement parts. I've used them to make several camera bags (even a Pelican case) into panniers.

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    MEC sell replacement parts aswell.
    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_l...=1191379339596
    3 years commuting while there's no snow on the ground. 20km round trip.
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    What's the point of a bike if you can only ride it on weekends, and you can't even carry anything with you?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAH View Post
    Actually my wife does. We did some net searching, and her reaction to most all panniers was "that's ugly"

    She needs something that will look good on her new ride- any ideas/help appreciated. We aren't opposed to spending money if it looks good(and functions)
    BAH - call or email Clever Cycles. They are going to be getting the Basil panniers (finally!). There are some absolutely gorgeous ones - and they were made for exactly the kind of bike Mrs. BAH has. With 2 female co-owners, you know they're not going to choose the ugly ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
    BAH - call or email Clever Cycles. They are going to be getting the Basil panniers (finally!). There are some absolutely gorgeous ones - and they were made for exactly the kind of bike Mrs. BAH has. With 2 female co-owners, you know they're not going to choose the ugly ones.
    cool! I showed her that site and it's the most reaction so far- especially on these

    http://www.basil.nl/assortiment_deta...lang=3&id=1869

    http://www.basil.nl/assortiment_deta...lang=3&id=1663

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAH View Post
    cool! I showed her that site and it's the most reaction so far- especially on these

    http://www.basil.nl/assortiment_deta...lang=3&id=1869

    http://www.basil.nl/assortiment_deta...lang=3&id=1663

    Wow! I love those, too... The second pair would look great, don't you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    Wow! I love those, too... The second pair would look great, don't you think?
    I like those! I've been wondering if there's any way to get Filson interested in making panniers, but they are a) more of the airplane/range rover kind of gig and b) going the crappy-stuff-assembled-by-slaves-in-Shanghai route anyway.

    jeffbeerman, I do not have the Amish panniers, they look really cool though. If they had a cedar weave I would think about it but otherwise they wouldn't really suit the climate I deal with.

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    If you are making your own then corrugated plastic/correx is the ideal material for internal stiffening for the base and back. It can take rivets so you can fix a modern quick-release system rail such as Rixen and Kaul.

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