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View Poll Results: Panniers: You use 'em? (If you use combinations, tough luck)
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No, baskets please.
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No, backpack/mess bag for me.
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No, I don't use panniers, baskets, packs, or bags.
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Any one else commute without panniers?

Old 09-01-08, 06:15 PM
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Any one else commute without panniers?

I can't be the only one who doesn't use these. Come on, basket and backpack people; I know you're out there.
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Old 09-01-08, 06:17 PM
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No rack on my single speed. Still won't use a backpack. If I need to cary more than myself I use another bike.
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Old 09-01-08, 06:20 PM
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Everything I need for work (change of clothes, lunch) is light enough to carry in a backpack comfortably. I've never used panniers.
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I use a car to carry cloths & food to the office once a week. when I ride, I usually put a few things in a seat bag and that's it. I also have a back pack for those days I need to carry a few sizable things.

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Old 09-01-08, 06:25 PM
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Hmm.... No panniers, but I do use a bag on top of the rack. Probably the perfect size for carrying what I need.
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Old 09-01-08, 06:26 PM
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This is how i roll with a lunch box and sumtimes underneath that i have my jump bag with my uniform and $hit. Oyea i also use a Camelbak for water and to carry my tools and ect for the bike.
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I use a rack with a milk crate held on by a QR(removable). Cheap, works, and doesn't look like everyone else with the panniers.
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What, no milk crate option?!
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Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
Everything I need for work (change of clothes, lunch) is light enough to carry in a backpack comfortably. I've never used panniers.
+1, although my commute is only 5mi each way.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:36 PM
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Never tried a pannier...Whatever size I use, it's always full!y loaded
I started out riding with a small daypack, then grew into a rig like this. Now I'm back to carrying less in a backpack and I strap extra rain gear to the rack.

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This is how i roll with a lunch box and sumtimes underneath that i have my jump bag with my uniform and $hit. Oyea i also use a Camelbak for water and to carry my tools and ect for the bike.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:47 PM
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This is how I roll: Panniers all the way

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Old 09-01-08, 07:52 PM
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I love panniers, handlebar bags, trunk bags, heck, I just like bags. Baskets are okay but I always find myself needing more capacity. Backpacks are a no-go for me. Somehow they always cut off my circulation and cause my chest to ache.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:56 PM
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Sometimes use Panniers, sometimes use a messenger bag, sometimes use a camelbak.
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I commuted for many years with my work clothes/papers stuffed into a courier bag, and switched this year to a single pannier, and it's been wonderful. I finally feel that I can ride without that weight on my back/shoulder, and I don't feel like ***** on the days when I have to bring a laptop to and from the office. I've even got room for stuff from the farmers' market, which I definitely didn't have before. And now that the weather is getting colder, I'm even debating getting a second pannier, so I can take more stuff. But I've resisted that for now -- junk always expands to fill the space available after all.
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Backpack or trailer.
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camelbak only
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I use panniers or a messenger bag depending on my mood.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:25 PM
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i like panniers, and use them on my MTB, but my commuter bike is a road deal with no rackability, so, its backpack for me. this usually means i don't bring my laptop to work when i commute by bike--the U-lock is heavy enough! plus the lunch and a current read. i keep extra clothes, towel, deodorant at work. and a healthy supply of clif buiilder bars!
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Old 09-01-08, 09:17 PM
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I'm a backpack guy!

On a typical commute I carry my lock, change of clothes, few tools and assorted stuff, and after a few years I know just how to pack the bag so it's light, nicely balanced and doesn't rub anywhere. I've never messed with panniers - once in a while if I need to haul something that doesn't fit in my usual pack, I have a bigger backpack at home I can switch to. For something bigger than that, I rent a Zipcar.
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Some of us roll a little differently; my co-worker & I both ride mtb exclusively. He kits up & carries his work clothes in his backpack; I roll in my work clothes, keep shoes at work, and wear a hyd pack. If I need to carry any cargo home, I have one of those reuseable recycled all-purpose bags from W-M for $1.

Looking to relocate within the company, and if I do, I'll be kitting up, too. I'll roll my clothes & strap 'em in the hyd pack.
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Old 09-01-08, 11:25 PM
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Front basket on the Beach Cruiser. I also carry a re-usable grocery store bag in the basket, just in case I get...groceries.

Duffle bag on the recumbent. I finally figured out how to hang it from the seat with a couple of old belts.
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Messenger bag for laptop, work sundries and change of clothes (edit: change of clothes only in summer)
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I like a jaunty rucksack!
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I fit my lunch, waterbottle, repair kit, pump, and change of clothes in my nelson long flap
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