I finally bit the bullet and bought a proper commuter bike. Now that I have a rack mount, I can get my cargo into panniers and off my back. The problem is that my local shop stocks very little in that regard. My needs are limited, my max load being the equivalent of two full paper bags of groceries, but more often than not a change of clothes and my text books for school. I have searched google and amazon for reviews and suggestions, only to be no closer to knowing what I need. Are rain covers ample, or should i be looking at waterproof roll tops for inclement weather?
Thanks for the help.
As a frame of reference, I am currently leaning towards the axiom lasalle or the smaller jandd commuter panniers. I ride a 61cm frame, but also wear a size 13 shoe on longer cranks.