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    Timbuk2 Tandem Pannier - anyone using these?

    I am looking for panniers to use for commuting. These (http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/...ke-pannier-bag) seem a good option but they seem to have a number of low reviews regarding the attachment and overall durability. Does anyone have some firsthand experience/thoughts? Anything else that might be a better option? I need something large enough to hold some clothes, lunch and laptop.

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    Found this thread that may be of interest- http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...mbuk2+panniers
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    Here's another that the OP didn't like the T2 bags and was seeking alternatives. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...mbuk2+panniers
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    I have them and like them. I use them for commuting, they'll hold a couple lunches and a change of clothes plus tools but they aren't super big.

    There was a big fun made about the lower attachment but what a lot of those complaints miss is that they were heard! The new bags have a velcro 'hook' at the bottom that won't loosen up like the old elastic ones. This isn't a huge deal to me since I only use that attachment when I have some particularly heavy items on board.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I looked at these at REI today and they do have the velcro now but it's a pain to attach. The laptop "compartment" is nothing but a slim, unpadded pocket. I was expecting something closer to what they have on their messenger bags.

    After a bit of searching I found these (http://banjobrothers.com/products/cu...lebag-pannier/) but can't tell how they attach either. Not sure why the bungee hook on the Timbuk2 was so maligned but I think a strong/durable one would be the easiest on and off as well as secure.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShartRate View Post
    There was a big fun made about the lower attachment but what a lot of those complaints miss is that they were heard! The new bags have a velcro 'hook' at the bottom that won't loosen up like the old elastic ones. This isn't a huge deal to me since I only use that attachment when I have some particularly heavy items on board.
    If you don't normally use the hook, how do they stay on? Just friction or are is there another attachment I missed?
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    I recently went through an excruciating search for commuting bags and ended up buying - then returning - several models. If you plan to take the bags off your bike every day when you get to work, don't take the type and design of mount lightly. I thought I could live with one of those bags that require a million little adjustments to stay tight, but I got totally frustrated almost immediately. Find something with a quick clip-on/clip-off mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
    If you don't normally use the hook, how do they stay on? Just friction or are is there another attachment I missed?
    I decided some pics might help you out.

    Here are my bags:


    Here are the attachment straps for the top. I loop these around the top of my luggage rack. If you don't have anything too heavy in the bags, they will stay in place without the straps (just friction). Not sure I'd recommend this, but I have forgotten to do the straps a couple times and they stayed in place.



    Then on the front corners on the bottom there are these velcro straps. I don't usually use these unless I've got a whole lotta crap in the bags. Just keeps them from floating hanging out in corners.



    Agreed that the laptop pocket is flimsy. I stick a tablet in there most of the time but I wouldn't stick a huge laptop in there.
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    Thanks for the images. After a bit more searching I'm starting to like the Banjo Brothers saddle bags. Similar but I like the attachment system better - or at least how it's described. No one in town seems to carry them.
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    Just an FYI. I just picked up the Banjo Brothers saddlebag and looks like they are going to work well. They have a little triangle ring that loops over the end of a stay on the rack if you have one or attach a little clip that comes with it (though I'm not sure how it's supposed to attach). There is a strap that connects the two triangle rings and you can cinch it down by pulling across the top. As you stretch the bungee cords on each side it tightens down and holds in place. It also has rings on the top to attach a shoulder strap (included) and another strap that can loop around the rack for added security. They look to be about the same size as the timbuk2 saddlebag and half the price. No idea about quality or longevity but nothing looks to be cheaply done. There is a small pocket on the outside of each side and the closing flap doubles over a bit inside for some water protection or added storage. They are not waterproof but the outside looks like it will shed rain.
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