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Old 03-05-13, 03:44 PM   #1
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Pannier Suggestions for 2013: Specs Included in Post

I know panniers have been discussed in depth here, and I intend to dig deep and do my research within the forum archives, but I'm going to be purchasing a new set within the next month or two and I want to make sure I have up-to-the-minute information.

My rear rack is an Avenir, 12" long and about 6" wide with good, strong supports mounted to the rear wheel cutout. I've been using a single nylon pannier (a no-name prototype that was given to me years ago by a distributor) for my one/two-day tours and daily commute, but now I want something a little more durable, functional, and water-resistant. I'd also like a set that I can remove from the rack and fling over my shoulder easily.

The jury is still out on whether I need one - or two - bags, but I know that I'd like a little more space for a pair of shoes and maybe a laptop when I'm on an overnight trip. For commuting, I'd like small compartments for my cell phone, my wallet, my work keys, and other junk. A thermal pocket for lunch wouldn't hurt, either.

I just got a pretty big chunk of change as a "group" 50th birthday present, so I can go $2-300, although I'm not used to spending that kind of money on biking gear. The point is, the money was given to me for the sole purpose of paying for panniers, so I sort of need to spend at least a good part of it on them!

So, without getting too crazy here, who can suggest a brand and/or model that they have been REALLY happy with? Please keep in mind the specs I provided above. Thanks!
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Old 03-05-13, 04:29 PM   #2
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Double throw pannier, [ but Ive never held one in my hands] .
http://bontrager.com/model/09563
so I cant say about the over the shoulder thing.

The addition of some webbing, joined my pair of Ortlieb sport packers,
but the hooks in the back of the bags would hurt digging into your shoulder.. as they are,

But, the same pannier set is used as their Horse Pannier,
but those lack any way to attach it to the bike's rack
since the hooks are eliminated , to not dig into the back of the horse, behind that saddle .

the Marhall Dillon thing may be a odd combo.

know anyone with a Sewing Machine? might be time to make the item you seek.

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That Bontrager set has been recommended to me before. I like that they are cut to stay clear of the pedals, as that's a problem with my current bag when it is fully stuffed. Do you know if it includes small pockets for various electronics?
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Ortlieb back roller classics + small padded pouch + insulated food carrier.
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Text says they throw in a laptop slip cover. (never seen one, LBS didnt order any)

I see a zippered pouch between the 2 panniers, on top of the rack, to put stuff in,

you can always use small stuff sacks , color coded.

I have a few Zipper pouches each with a snap hook, and snap them all on a key ring
so as to stay together .

Or some bubble envelopes.. some are all plastic rather than manila-paper+ bubble sheet.

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By the way, the laptop I'd be transporting is a 9" Asus, not a full-size model.
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as many people have said so many good things about ortliebs. . . I have a set and thought I would only use them for touring. I use them all the time for a full backpack, 6 juggling clubs fit in each but it rolls funky. It's nice to bring extra clothing just in case, etc. I throw them over my shoulder all the time, the hooks being outside or inside don't really matter, they're soft plastic hooks.

I'd just get a neopreme case for the Asus and call it a day. You'll be left with change in your pocket, and panniers that will last a decade or more.
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I've been using my Ortlieb back rollers for commuting for the past year and wouldn't waste my money on anything else... Try are expensive, but as state before, will last you way longer and keep your things dryer than anything else... My only comment about them, not that it's a bad thing but I could see some complaining about it, is the lack of pockets/ organizational luxuries that some bags have. That wing said... They are so simple that that is partially why they hold up so well. As mentione above also, small zippered bags will do wonders, expect ally color coded.. You cannot beat the latching mechanism either. Well that's my 2cents lol
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