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    Recommendations for carrying books/groceries/misc

    Hey guys.

    I recently started commuting every day to school with my bike, the Globe Work 1. My bike right now has no cargo space at all. Sometimes I take my backpack, some other times I take both my guitar (gig bag) and a messenger bag (for books) strapped to my back, which can be a hassle sometimes.

    So I was looking at cargo options and thought of maybe getting a rear rack and dual panniers, but I'm not sure which models might work well. I just need enough space for a couple of big books, my U-lock, and some groceries which I occasionally pick up when coming back. Although I'm fine with carrying my guitar in my back, I want to put everything else on the bike instead of my back.

    Is there something that comes off the bike and doubles as a backpack/messenger bag? What models would you recommend?

    Thanks.

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    I've now and then seen briefcase style bags that have pannier attachments, but they are generally slim and meant to hold a computer, not groceries.

    I have a Topeak rack trunk with fold out panniers. It also comes with a shoulder strap. I don't often use it that way, but when I do need to, I am surprised at how well it handles.

    What about something like this: https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Produc...29_-1___202599
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    This looks very close to what you are describing, and also has a bit of a messenger bag appearance to it: http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...ach-black-gray
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    Here's another one along those lines: http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...ck-single-side
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    I'm more familiar with Bontrager's products, myself, so here are a few ideas from their line:

    Pannier with backpack straps: http://bontrager.com/model/09573
    Messenger bag/briefcase pannier: http://bontrager.com/model/11548
    Trunk bags (which include shoulder straps for carrying off the bike): http://bontrager.com/model/08099

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    What's your budget like? No sense in suggesting an Arkel Bug if all you can afford is a Wald folding basket and continue using your continue using your current backpack placed inside the basket.
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    yea, Wald is still made in Kentucky many basket options.


    Klick Fix makes a seat post fitting mount. and a backpack with a fitting to click into it ..

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    The Bontrager and the Topeak trunk bag/panniers look pretty much like what I need. I would ideally spend no more than $100, plus the rack. Hopefully I can find some of the suggested models in a local shop to play around with them a little bit before buying.

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