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Old 07-24-08, 05:00 AM   #1
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Pannier Options

Just trying to get a handle on all my options so I can finally make a choice!

There's the affordable ones from Nashbar or REI. There's the Axioms, Blackburns, Topeaks. A step up from there might be the Jannd's. The fancy ones are Arkel and the Ortleibs. If I want something a little more "charming", there's Velo Orange, Frost River, or Carradice.

Am I missing anything? Particularly in the "more charming" department?
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I've been using Trek Interchange panniers for two years. quick release in/out, durable, multiple pockets, reflective piping, rain shell -- I've got no complaints.
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I love my Ortlieb BikeShopper pannier and Tubus rack. I got all mine via Wayne at the thetouringstore.com (not a shill here, just like to support good businesses that treat customers right). The pannier looks good, is waterproof and well constructed. It's locking mechanism is great.
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I have the frost rivers.

The lower attachment sucks. It comes un-snapped all the time. I just tied the leather straps to the bottom of the rack. (However, the packs have proven durable and charming.)
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Good to know about the Frost Rivers. They're good looking, but for that price they should be totally reliable!
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I have Lone Peaks. They're probably better made than Nashbar's, but they do have some issues. The trailing edge of the pannier tends to sag inward untill it rubs the spokes on the back wheel. This can result in the pannier getting sucked into the wheel, causing loud rubbing and lots of friction. Hasn't completely stopped the bike . . . yet. They're also somewhat fussy to pack, with long straps that can hang down, possibly getting caught in a wheel. Again, that hasn't happened, but only because I'm pretty good about tying off the straps. Finally, they leak. They weren't advertised as waterproof, but I thought they'd give a little protection from the rain.

I plan to get Arkels before my TransAm.
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Which Arkels are you looking at?
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I've been using a Banjo Brothers bag for the past month or so. They've impressed me. They're sturdy, and the material and zippers are heavy duty. Plenty of room and pretty well thought out design. Paid ~ $50.




http://www.banjobrothers.com/products/01070.php

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Am I missing anything? Particularly in the "more charming" department?
www.acornbags.com
I highly recommend them for the quality of their product and their outstanding customer service.
They are handmade right here in the USA by one husband and wife team.
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Basill bags are cute as hell. Are they good?? No idea, Can you get them in the states??? No idea.

I use an Arkel. Why? it's bullet proof. The mounting system is foolproof and heavy duty. There are enough things that can go wrong on daily commute. My bag shouldn't be one of them. It was expensive and it was worth it.
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www.acornbags.com
I highly recommend them for the quality of their product and their outstanding customer service.
They are handmade right here in the USA by one husband and wife team.
The Acorn bags are definitely nice-looking, unfortunately, they're not currently accepting new orders. Guess they're a little backed up.
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Basill bags are cute as hell. Are they good?? No idea, Can you get them in the states??? No idea.
The only Basil bag I've seen available domestically is the Memphis on the Velo Orange site. Not sure how I feel about pleather though?
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Carradice are totally functional, tough, durable with all modern mounting systems. Mine have been in daily use since 1996.
Basil use good mounting systems and are quite stylish.
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I'm a fan of the Ortlieb Ultimate 5 panniers. The Classic model is good too, although a little stiffer when rolling them down to close. Touringstore.com is indeed the best. Wayne won't stop until you're totally happy.
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