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Utility Cycling Want to haul groceries, beer, maybe even your kids? You don't have to live car free to put your bike to use as a workhorse. Here's the place to share and learn about the bicycle as a utility vehicle.

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Old 06-29-09, 08:04 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Handiest Panniers???

The ABSOLUTE handiest panniers I have. And, at a great price for the next 3 days. http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...gels@yahoo.com Less than $10.

I have the Performance brand, but I think they are the same.

You can drop a FULL paper grocery sack in each side, and large enough for most boxes. Fold up flat when not in use carrying things, and without a doubt, the handiest for just gettin things.

I also stack another plastic grocery bag on top of the first one, and hang two more plastic bags over my trunk bag. Thes things carry a lot of stuff, whether it's clothes, picnic goods, or groceries.
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Old 06-29-09, 03:33 PM   #2
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I have the performance too. very useful. bit unstable. $10 is a good deal
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Old 06-29-09, 03:34 PM   #3
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I have one too. I like it and use it when I am not carrying much around.
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I love grocery bag panniers.
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I've got these, and they're a good deal for the money, but they are a bit unstable as mentioned by ulugeyik. A couple of times in hard manuevering or heavy pedaling where the bike rocks side to side, I've had them sway forward and cause heel strike and I've even had them sway far enough to strike the spokes on the back wheel. A heavy-gauge wire frame around the top would probably fix it. Otherwise, they are a bargain if you just take care with them. I use Wald folding baskets on the back now and am quite happy with them, but I still use these on occasion on my other bikes.
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I help steady mine, if they are loaded heavily. I pass a bungee from one, to the opposite end of the other, thru the carrying strap loops. I pass them over the rack trunk, and it makes a huge difference. It also appears that the Performance Brand are different in their construction.
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Ordered a pair today...thanks for the heads up.

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popped back up to 20$... darn...
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Ordered a pair today...thanks for the heads up.

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Wow, that was quick...got here today. They look very well made and I got a nice little surprise...I didn't know that they came with a built in rain cover. Excellent deal for 10 bucks. Actually, I think they would be a very good deal at the usual 20 something sale price.

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I tried open-top grocery panniers and switched to ones that close on top, both to protect the groceries from heat & sunlight as well as to not worry about something bouncing out.

But $10 is a great price....
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