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Old 03-30-09, 11:55 AM   #1
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Looking for a Pannier

Hi all.

Itís that time of year when us fair weather bike-commuters dig out our U locks and bike racks, and set out to battle the rush hour traffic on 2 wheels. Last year I was new to commuting by bike and was using a Trek Grocery pannier, which was the only one my local bike shop supplied. It worked well enough for about 6 months until the back started bending and catching my spokes. There were some other things I didnít like about it too, but what i DID like is that it had a shoulder strap so I could carry my stuff up to the 5th floor without it being too awkward.

Now Iím looking for something better without emptying my bank account. Something with a rigid back, with more than 1,300 cu cm of storage so I can tote a change of clothes, shower supplies, towel, etc.; and if possible with some kind of shoulder strap, or at least something that isnít awkward to carry around for too long. Water-proof isnít absolutely necessary, as Iíll probably drive on those days.

Iíve been scouring the internet for different kinds, but without seeing it in person, I have a hard time committing. Any recommendations?
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Old 03-30-09, 11:58 AM   #2
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I just ordered a set of these today in black. They had a sale on the Classics for $107 but unfortunately the sale has ended.
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If you just need one the Ortlieb shopping pannier is cheaper than buying a pair of backrollers.

http://www.rei.com/product/737830
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Good point rateel, though Ortlieb might be overkill if water-proof is not necessary.
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Banjo Brothers makes stuff that is a good value.
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satchmojack,
Maybe you want to give us a suggested price range you are willing to work with.
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Old 03-30-09, 02:31 PM   #7
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$75 or less? Though, i realize that you get what you pay for. I spent $50 on my last pannier, and it didn't work out. If the right bag comes along, i'd be willing to pay more. I'll probably have to, realistically.

I checked out Banjo Bro's, and they seem to get high marks on the reviews i've read. But if there are any other recommendations out there, i'm happy to hear them.

thanks again for all the responses.
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carradice are practical, tough, durable and much lighter than you would think.
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