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Old 03-18-10, 02:50 PM   #1
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Small Pannier Recommendations?

I need something for commuting 2-3x week. Tubus Cosmo rear rack, and I'll be carrying a change of clothes, shoes, and lunch (in addition to the usual flat/repair items).

Here's what I'm considering:


Any obvious winners/losers in that lsit?
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Old 03-18-10, 04:07 PM   #2
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Don't forget Orlieb Front Rollers. They work great on the back as well. Nice size for 90% of most my commuting needs.
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Pacific Outdoor makes some nice looking stuff along the same lines as ortlieb. Worth looking at.......
http://pacoutdoor.com/bike-gear
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my partner and I each have a par of Lone Peak -099 panniers.
they are a good size for a small load, have worn and worked well -
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Leave a pair of shoes at work. Put your flat/repair stuff in a kit that fits under your saddle, or in one of your water bottle cages.

Then, you can get by using one pannier.

I use this: the Arkel Bug:

http://www.calhouncycle.com/productc...7&idcategory=0

Plenty of room for clothes + laptop + lunch.
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I also recommend one of the smaller Arkels. They are really fantastic bags.
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I think I have it narrowed down to the following:
  • Lone Peak P-099
  • Lone Peak P-100
  • Arkel B-26

Comments/suggestions would be appreciated.
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Lone Peak packs are available in several colors, if that makes a difference, black, red and blue. If you want the Lone Peak packs, check with Wayne at TheTouringStore.com He also has a hybrid pack, the P-150, that is the same size as the P-100, but has the mesh outer pocket as the P-099. It's a little more expensive, but is also available in a special yellow/black color scheme that he has made arrangements to get from Lone Peak.
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I got a set of Axiom Kootenay panniers. Seem very well made. Going to use them for weekend tours this summer. They will fit front or back. I think they are very nice.
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Lone Peak P099 is a lot lighter than Arkel T28 (I don't know the B 26). I'm quite satisfied with my p099's as front touring panniers, back credit card touring panniers, and around-town shopping panniers.

If you do get Lone Peaks, you need to specify the hook size, the Tubus racks use the bigger hook.

+1 for Wayne at thetouringstore.com
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+2 for Wayne. IMO__ Waterproof panniers are more practical for commuting. We live in Oregon so my comment is probably biased. My wife uses the Ortlieb Front Packer Plus's for commututing. She also used the same set for an across the US trip. She is small and her gear does not take up too much room I have a pair of the Ortlieb Front Rollers , and while not using them for commuting, they are great for touring. I have a pair of older Nashbar waterproof front panniers that I use to beat around.
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Check out both the Nasbar waterproof & atb panniers.
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The Arkels are good .....a tad heavy but just about impossible to destroy.....should last you a good long time.

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For medium to light commuting, the Ortlieb Front Rollers or Back Rollers either one are really hard to beat. Size depends on just how much stuff you typically pack along, and they are very weather and dust-proof.
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Absolute waterproof-ness isn't a must-have for me (due to local weather and the use of stuff sacks). The lighter-weight Lone Peaks might just be the way to go.
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Jandd 32L Economy Panniers. $68 shipped, no tax.

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I don't know about 33 liters for commuting. Sounds like overkill to me.

I live in Utah, ride mostly dry roads on a road-ish bike with a lightweight rack, and get by with less than 20 liters.

I swap back and forth between some Nashbar Daytrekkers at 13 liters and Delta Compacts at 16 liters. Tools are wrapped up burrito style in waterproofed cotton duck and secured with mini bungees to the top of the rack. The only thing I'm leaving out is the shoes.

I don't do extended tours as I can't get time enough off from work. I pack light, like a legit hiker/backpacker does, and I find my Axiom Mackenzies at 36 liters are more than sufficient for 2-3 night camping excursions when combined with a handlebar bag. The tent, pad, and sleeping bag are secured to the top of the rack.
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Anyone have experience with these?

http://thetouringstore.com/ORTLIEB/O...SPP%20PAGE.htm
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I have Back Roller Plus bags for my commute, but have been thinking of getting a smaller pair. If I did, these would be what I'd get--the access is more convenient. If you're doing a lot of stops, and if you're a bit forgetful as I am, the whole roll/unroll routine can get tired pretty fast.

The little pocket that Ortlieb happily includes in most of their bags now is really nice to have for papers, a book, stuff like that, and also has a zippered compartment for all the loose, small doo-dads that would normally filter to the bottom of the bag.
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I use my Carradice Super C Universals pretty much the way you describe and have been very happy with them. If I leave the work shoes at work I only carry one pannier. I avoid commuting in heavy rain, if you don't then I guess the Ortliebs might be a better choice, but really I've yet to have a problem with my stuff getting wet in the Carradice bags.
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I have the older version of the same model. They're great. I tend to go over board with securing gear so I've got a 2' bungie that I loop around the bottom strut of the rack and compress the bag against the rack when empty. Then when it's full the bungie keeps things from bouncing around in the bag. Honestly I can't imagine wanting to have bigger bags.
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The Super Cs can be waxed to prevent them from getting wet in heavy heavy rain. The material is very strong and i can see mine lasting a life time....
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I've got it narrowed down to:
  • Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus
  • Lone Peak P-099
  • Lone Peak P-100
  • Lone Peak P-150
  • Arkel B-26

Since my frame has been delayed again, I've got a little more time to figure out which ones I should get.
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After exchanging e-mails with Wayne at The Touring Store, I'm going to go with these:

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