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Old 04-08-14, 12:28 PM   #51
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...I like that rack, but everywhere I see online, says that that rack is intended for disk brakes. I have rim brakes, will it still fit?...
In theory there's two versions, disc and non-disc. Everywhere place I look only has the disc version. I bought the disc version and mounted it on a non-disc bike with no issues. I kinda prefer the disc version, someday I may upgrade my bike to a disc brake frame and I'll be able to use the rack I own.
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Old 04-08-14, 01:09 PM   #52
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I liked the topeak attachment system, and the transforming trunk/pannier bag when I looked at them at REI. The medium size expanding trunk bag didn't fit my ipad though. Can't deal with that. I did like the idea though, I might end up with one later.
If you need to carry your ipad every day, makes sense.

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I think I'm going to get the topeak super tourist rack that mr. Igh suggested, and use timbuk2 tandem panniers for now. I can easily imagine myself with a basket+shopping panniers later, and like the topeak attachment system. So it'll fulfill my immediate needs and has some room to grow if I end up collecting different bags for different purposes.

But I can't see myself carrying around the expanding trunk bag every day, for purely shallow fashion reasons. Dedicated panniers could still be a bit of a pain, and i like the separate compartments and reasonable size of he timbuk2 tandem panniers/messenger bags. So they win.
Lol, you must have very different fashion sense than I do. :-) I cannot imagine biking around with a pannier unless I needed to. I also found that a packed pannier creates drag that I can feel, while a trunk back doesn't create any noticeable drag.

Of course - you should go with the choice that fits your own fashion sense. :-) Good luck!
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Old 04-08-14, 01:18 PM   #53
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From fashion sense, I love the look of the Brooks Roll Up panniers, other than the nosebleed cost. But really gorgeous looking, folded and unfolded.

BROOKS ENGLAND LTD. | CYCLE+BAGS+&+ACCOUTREMENTS | BRICK+LANE+ROLL UP+PANNIERS
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Oh I'm concerned about carrying the panniers/trunk bag, not how they look on the bike.

Those brooks are pretty.
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...The medium size expanding trunk bag didn't fit my ipad though....
I have the Topeak MTX TrunkBag EX, it fits my Galaxy 10.1 nice and tight so it doesn't move around:
https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...&category=1805

No built in panniers must make more room in the bag? REI and my LBS never carry the TrunkBag EX, they push the pannier version.

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I have the Topeak MTX TrunkBag EX, it fits my Galaxy 10.1 nice and tight so it doesn't move around:
https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...&category=1805

No built in panniers must make more room in the bag? REI and my LBS never carry the TrunkBag EX, they push the pannier version.
I used to have the non-pannier version, and it certainly held more in the main compartment, but the pannier version is nice to have with cold mornings and warm evenings. Used to strap a stuff sack on top, but now can just drop down one side. I prefer the pannier version, but also really liked the other type. Best thing is that the panniers are not too wide, so they don't create too much drag. Here's a shot with the panniers deployed.

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Oh I'm concerned about carrying the panniers/trunk bag, not how they look on the bike.

Those brooks are pretty.
linus makes something similar for a lower cost. It's called the market bag:
THE MARKET BAG - Linus Bike
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linus makes something similar for a lower cost. It's called the market bag:
THE MARKET BAG - Linus Bike
Thanks for the link, those look very nice.
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They look cool. How handy are they when taken off the bike? What I like about my Ortlieb is that both bags can be taken off individually and that they have shoulder belts to carry around.
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They look cool. How handy are they when taken off the bike? What I like about my Ortlieb is that both bags can be taken off individually and that they have shoulder belts to carry around.
I don't use the Linus or Brooks panniers, but I think people who do leave them on the bike (they can be locked to the bike). I can see how that would work nicely if you put bags down into them that include their own shoulder straps or carrying handles. I use Ortlieb frontrolller classics on back. They work well for me, but don't exactly look professional if I need to go straight from the bike into a meeting.
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