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Backpack -> Pannier -> Trunk bag?

Old 05-02-19, 03:40 PM
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@acidfast7 Not to be contrary, but pannier has NEVER caused me any issues on the hovercraft.

Also, do you carry your tools in your backpack?
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Old 05-02-19, 09:16 PM
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Theft of a pannier when commuting? I take a smaller pannier when I commute, it disconnects from the rack and I carry in it like a briefcase.
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Old 05-03-19, 09:08 AM
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So sorta back to the topic - has anyone found a rack-top trunk that does a good job holding a tablet computer? Mine's right about the dimensions of a letter/A4 sheet of paper.
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Old 05-03-19, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
So sorta back to the topic - has anyone found a rack-top trunk that does a good job holding a tablet computer? Mine's right about the dimensions of a letter/A4 sheet of paper.
Not sure on the exact measurements of your tablet, however :

Axiom Seymour Oceanweave Trunk EXP15+
PRODUCT INFO

Volume 15.3 L / 932 cu in (expanded), 9.9 L / 604 cu in (not expanded)
Weight 575g / 1.27 lbs
Dimensions 20x30x15cm / 7.8”x11.8”x5.9” (main compartment), 28x24x4cm / 11”x9.4”x1.6” (expanded side pocket)Part Number: 404080-01 - Grey/Black



Vaude Silkroad Plus
Details
Weight: 620 g
Volume: 9+7 l
Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 33 cm
Model: 12707010



Zefal Z Traveler 80
TECHNICAL SPECS
Reference: 7039B
Material: Polyester 840D
Size: 320 x 230 x 215 mm / 12,5" x 9" x 8,4"
Weight: 1 kg
Mounting: Universal using Velcro®
Capacity: 32L / 1952 c.i



Topeak Trunkbag DXP : also available with MTX mounting system for Topeak MTX racks
ADDED FEATURESWater bottle holder, Shoulder strap
Carrying handle, Elastic top bungees
3M™ reflective strip, Safety light clip
Optional rain cover
BAG ATTACHMENT : Hook and loop fastener
CAPACITY : 22.6 L / 1380 ci
COMPARTMENTS : 1 divided main with multi-stage expandable top
Two side with expandable panniers
INSULATION : Rigid EVA foam
MATERIAL: 600 Denier Polyester
MAX LOAD : Limited to rack max loading rating
SIZE : 36 x 25 x 21.5-29 cm / 14.1” x 9.8” x 8.5”-11.4”
WEIGHT : 900 g / 1.98 lb

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Old 05-04-19, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by greatscott View Post
Theft of a pannier when commuting? I take a smaller pannier when I commute, it disconnects from the rack and I carry in it like a briefcase.
I don’t like to have stuff on my back when riding, but agree backpack’s are helpful. I put my backpack or purse in my basket or in my pannier. And leave my pannier on the bike. Locked with a cheap luggage lock.

When stopping for groceries I bring in my reusable bag and put it in the pannier.

I found a porteur rack that holds my backpack plus a rear rack with panniers is perfect.
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Old 05-06-19, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by veloiste View Post
I've been commuting with a backpack for over a year, but I just recently installed a rack and bought some Ortleib Back Roller classics. Holy crap! What a difference! My back is no longer sweaty and it's so nice being able to move easier without something on your back. I honestly can't believe I didn't make this change sooner.

The only other change I'm considering making is buying a trunk bag for things like drinks and my soup cup. I find it hard to keep these things upright in a pannier. Alternatively, I could get a small basket to mount on the front and use small bungee cords to tie down everything.

Do any of you transport drinks or food? How do you do it?
Drinks are held in water bottle cages (2). If my ride is long enough that I need to bring food (mostly bars or dried fruits/nuts), I use a small top bar bag. I also switched from backpack to trunk/pannier for the same reasons as you. My Ibera 2in1 PakRak is mostly used as a trunk but has expandable panniers so there if I need them. Plus, it simply clips on to my rack so very easy to install/remove.

Today, because I had to bring my laptop with me, I used a backpack and noticed one more thing I dislike about backpacks, the weight you put in it ends up putting more pressure on your bums. You can put as much weight as your trunk/bike can handle and the only difference you'll feel is in the bike agility. Not so with a backpack.
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Old 05-06-19, 08:09 PM
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I have a transit rack and panniers on my bike. I carry a laptop, change of clothes, lunch, two cup thermos for coffee and my change of shoes. I have a 14 and 1/2 mile commute each way, so I wear biking clothes for the ride and change at the office.
I suspect my panniers weigh about 12 to 15 pounds or so when loaded for work.
I tried a backpack a few times, but, like others, I do not like the hot sweaty back and soaked shirt. The rack attaches to the bike with only 4 screws, so removing it for a Sunday ride is not difficult.
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Old 05-06-19, 08:50 PM
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Of course we, I, put our drinks in the water bottle cages. In my case I put my food and other needed stuff for work that would normally go into a briefcase goes into a single pannier about the size and layout of a briefcase made by Garneau, it has a shoulder strap so I can carry it easily, this pannier thing is no long made by Garneau.
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