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Old 05-19-24, 04:37 PM
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Combined rucksack/pannier

Can anyone recommend one?

Is there anything new on the market over the last few years?

Im after a pannier that I can pull off the rear rack and throw on as an all-day rucksack.

thanks in advance!
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Old 05-19-24, 08:26 PM
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Not really a solution to your question, but

I found that I can fix (almost) any type of backpack to my rear rack, in the same manner that a pannier is placed. However, the more I pack, the more off balance I may ride.

Have you tried playing around with options/ positions with your current ruck?
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I just got an Ortlieb Vario for my birthday. It's a better pannier than rucksack.
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Red Rebane, a German company, makes some bags that can be used both as a backpack and saddlebag. I got one in Munich some years ago. Not cheap alas. https://red-rebane.de
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Ortlieb makes one as mentioned above also my favorite company Arkel makes a nice one but I haven't tried it as I personally don't need it:
https://arkel.ca/collections/commute...nnier-backpack
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This one looks pretty cool. Check out the video: https://www.amazon.com/Sheyd-Bags-Do...c1df98776&th=1
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I just rack my pack:
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Originally Posted by john m flores
I just got an Ortlieb Vario for my birthday. It's a better pannier than rucksack.
Saw that over the weekend. Pricey! and it looked heavy. I don't mind the weight on a pannier, but I'd prefer to carry less on my back.

What do you (and OP) plan to use this combination pannier/rucksack for?
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Saw that over the weekend. Pricey! and it looked heavy. I don't mind the weight on a pannier, but I'd prefer to carry less on my back.

What do you (and OP) plan to use this combination pannier/rucksack for?
My girlfriend lives in New York, where I keep a Bike Friday with a front rack for bike trips around the city. I use the Vario as a backpack when taking the train to visit her, and can use the Vario as a pannier on the Bike Friday when necessary.

I got the 26 liter bag, which is big enough to carry my clothes and laptop when visiting; it's medium-sized for a backpack but really big for a pannier. For short trips and lightly loaded, the backpack is fine, but for heavier loads and longer distances, it's just ok. I wish they had installed a stiffening sheet on the backpack side to help distribute and transfer the load better.
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Originally Posted by Barchettaman
Im after a pannier that I can pull off the rear rack and throw on as an all-day rucksack.
Ortlieb makes a "carrying system" for their Sport-Roller and Back-Roller panniers:

https://ortliebusa.com/product/carry...-for-panniers/
https://ortliebusa.com/product/front...sibility-pair/
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All of this requires compromise of one kind or another. Panniers are lousy to carry by hand. A backpack on the bike ain't great, but I use one often anyway. Lately, I have a basket on my rear rack, attached with zip ties. I put my backpack in the basket and secure it with a bungee.

That Ortlieb system might be the best of both worlds, but it's a bit complicated and expensive.
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thanks for the info
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i can really use this information
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Topeak Trolley Tote

Have you guys seen this?

It is purpose-designed for shopping on a bike.

They also make a simpler detachable basket that is quickly detachable to take into the store and use as a basket there too.

The Topeak stuff is not cheap, but not expensive either.
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
Ortlieb makes a "carrying system" for their Sport-Roller and Back-Roller panniers:

https://ortliebusa.com/product/carry...-for-panniers/
https://ortliebusa.com/product/front...sibility-pair/
That add-on harness system has been replaced by the Vario backpack that I have. Besides, where do you put the harness when you mount the pannier to your bike?
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Update: walked nearly 9 miles yesterday with the Vario Backpack. Pretty light load - probably under 10#. The backpack was fine - not great but not terrible either. Heavier loads have been less comfortable.

I have other backpacks that would have been more comfortable but none of them convert to panniers.

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