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Old 12-25-13, 02:39 PM   #1
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Carrying Your Panniers

Hi all,

I am going to start commuting to and from school the beginning of the next quarter. I currently ride a Bianchi San Jose for errands, and was going to use this bike as my commuter. I picked up a pair of Ortlieb Classic Back Roller panniers. I just have one issue, when going to and from classes, I would like to take my panniers with me, and leave my stuff inside. I am nervous to leave them on a bike and use a cable lock, as it wouldn't take much fudging to get it off. However, I would then be carrying both in each hand, and I would like to have one free.

I found this, http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...m-for-panniers

I assume this would only carry one pannier. Anyone have any experience with something like this?

Thanks!

Garret
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Old 12-25-13, 03:10 PM   #2
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fietsbob posted a solution on another thread, not too long ago.
You chipping in on this one, bob ?
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Okay, hopefully he will chime in.
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[Gong] Ortlieb Back [& front] rollers Each, come with a shoulder strap.., you can, or at least I did,

used a couple short strips of webbing, to connect the 2 panniers together , and so stay paired .

It was easy to do.
the webbing went over the top rail and is held in place with the screws that hold the to rails to the bag.

Ortliebs new shoulder strap pad velcros on, .. and so both straps can act as one.

anyhow.. the back pack conversion is for One of Them. the rack hooks clip onto it.
then the other would be on the shoulder strap.

Add: this Evergreen? you might seek advise for the equivalent of a school locker, on campus.

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Alright. I think I may pick up the backpack system, and carry one over my shoulder as well.
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Do you need to fill both panniers for your daily rides? For commuting I usually only used a single pannier.
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Do you need to fill both panniers for your daily rides? For commuting I usually only used a single pannier.
Sadly, I believe I will. Being a college student, I will probably have one full of textbooks/notebooks, and the other filled with tools, and occasionally a laptop. I would leave some stuff at home, as I have a lot of time between classes next quarter, but I live 16 miles away.
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Hi all,

I am going to start commuting to and from school the beginning of the next quarter. I currently ride a Bianchi San Jose for errands, and was going to use this bike as my commuter. I picked up a pair of Ortlieb Classic Back Roller panniers. I just have one issue, when going to and from classes, I would like to take my panniers with me, and leave my stuff inside. I am nervous to leave them on a bike and use a cable lock, as it wouldn't take much fudging to get it off. However, I would then be carrying both in each hand, and I would like to have one free.

I found this, http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...m-for-panniers

I assume this would only carry one pannier. Anyone have any experience with something like this?

Thanks!

Garret
I found (for me) that the easiest and cost effective solution was to have a rack with a basket a couple of bungie cords and a backpack / messenger bag...
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I have no problem getting a strap from each Ortlieb pannier in one hand. I've carried four panniers at a time, but two is a piece of cake, and all I use for commuting.

Just sayin'.
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Old 12-27-13, 11:35 PM   #10
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I just gave it a shot today, rode into work and ran a few errands, and I don't really mind carrying both, but I still may do the backpack conversion on one of them.

Fietsbob, it is not Evergreen.
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