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Old 06-12-09, 10:43 PM
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Panniers: What type do you have, want, like?

Since I'm a new bike owner and hope to be a new commuter by summer's end, I am looking for bike stuff, like panniers.

I just found this which is super cute! The black square simple Panniers aren't that much less and this one is much funner!

https://www.ebags.com/detours/toocan_...eID=NXTAG00001

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These are cool too, totally not needed, but clever!

https://www.ebags.com/picnic_plus/tan...73298560489573

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Originally Posted by TamaraEden
Since I'm a new bike owner and hope to be a new commuter by summer's end, I am looking for bike stuff, like panniers.

I just found this which is super cute! The black square simple Panniers aren't that much less and this one is much funner!

https://www.ebags.com/detours/toocan_...eID=NXTAG00001


I bought those thinking they would hold up. They didn't. They bounce like crazy. I always lose at least one going over a curb because they don't anything holding them to bottom of the rack. I replaced them with Lone Peak p-500's:
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https://www.banjobrothers.com/products/01110.php

I just picked up a pair of these at the LBS for $44.95 a piece. Very happy with them so far.
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My sister gave me a pair of Trek Basic Panniers. I haven't tried their waterproofness, but you can't beat $free. Nice and simple, easy to take off the bike, snap together as a unit for easier transport.

https://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?...&bShopOnline=1
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Originally Posted by bugly64

I bought those thinking they would hold up. They didn't. They bounce like crazy. I always lose at least one going over a curb because they don't anything holding them to bottom of the rack. I replaced them with Lone Peak p-500's:
aww, darn. They were quite cute and wouldn't look like I'm carrying backpacking equipment into work. But thanks for the info. Funny that the first poster would actually have the same ones!
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi
My sister gave me a pair of Trek Basic Panniers. I haven't tried their waterproofness, but you can't beat $free. Nice and simple, easy to take off the bike, snap together as a unit for easier transport.

https://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?...&bShopOnline=1
For free I'd take anything too . On another thread I started I asked about panniers and someone did show me a nice office style pannier with a laptop pouch. I won't really be doing shopping with my bike, not large shopping. Maybe for a quick run and an excuse to ride. I'm not ready to get to Trader Joe's on my bike physically, yet
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Originally Posted by bugly64

I bought those thinking they would hold up. They didn't. They bounce like crazy. I always lose at least one going over a curb because they don't anything holding them to bottom of the rack. I replaced them with Lone Peak p-500's:
I just read reviews on these, and not one negative thing to say. i wonder if it depends on the type of rack or something? https://www.ebags.com/detours/toocan_...00001#features
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I got these when they were on sale for $16.99 the other day. Pretty nice little bags if you only need to haul small items. On my first trip the top straps got into the spokes a bit, but now I know to tie them up. No heelstrike even on my small bike frame.

You mentioned a laptop, which you can't fit into these, unless you got an EEe or similar netbook style. A Mac 13 might be crammable. If your lappy has a bag already, one could strap it to the top, I suppose.

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commuter bag

I've used the Arkel commuter bag with its laptop padded pocket. Arkel makes excellent bags and this one works great by just popping it off the rear rack. Not a cheappie, though. Doesn't wobble, shimmy, and strangely enough does not change the balance of my bike despite having a lot of weight in it sometimes. The rain cover really works since I've ridden home in a serious downpour & everything stayed dry.

https://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/com....asp?fl=&site=
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Originally Posted by centexwoody
I've used the Arkel commuter bag with its laptop padded pocket. Arkel makes excellent bags and this one works great by just popping it off the rear rack. Not a cheappie, though. Doesn't wobble, shimmy, and strangely enough does not change the balance of my bike despite having a lot of weight in it sometimes. The rain cover really works since I've ridden home in a serious downpour & everything stayed dry.

https://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/com....asp?fl=&site=
Wow, not cheap is right! before I spend that much, I need to prove to myself I am committed to commuting enough to make that reasonable. I'll check out the rest of their site though
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On another thread someone suggested this pannier, thought I'd share it in case anyone else is looking for something similar:

https://www.workbycycle.com/store/ind...ct_detail&p=11

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I'm working in Germany this month and there are thousands of commuter cyclists riding around. Every form of commuter bag that can be imagined. What I figured out with my own commute is that I didn't want to have a bag that couldn't also be the one I took off my bike and carried into the office. That's one reason I sprang for the Arkel commuter. Yes, it's too much money but it works great and serves as my shoulder bag when I'm off the bike.

Buy the bag(s) that will attach firmly, has a good rain bonnet and will hold what you regularly take with you to work: an extra sweater, a lunch, your purse, whatever. Then it is simple to just leave it on the bike and drop your customary stuff into it daily. Check out these forums for all that attachment, testing and reviews - then get one that serves, works and hopefully satisfies any expected fashion statement. Just like bikes, there are those that look really cool but aren't very dependable or well-designed. Commuters on this forum ride with every imaginable pannier, bag, milk crate, basket, etc. Whatever works for you and your budget...

FWIW, I now ride a Surly CrossCheck with an Xtracycle attachment on it and carry everything & anything I need or want...the bike is strange enough and big enough that drivers along my customary route are used to seeing me and hopefully watching out for me.
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Originally Posted by TamaraEden
Since I'm a new bike owner and hope to be a new commuter by summer's end, I am looking for bike stuff, like panniers.

I just found this which is super cute!

If you want cute, look at Basil.

For functionality, it's hard to argue with Ortlieb/Arkel/LonePeak. Most everything else is a compromise to save money, or a preference of styles. For instance, Baggins/Smythe/Ostrich/etc.
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I own several types for various uses. I have https://https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/...754_-1___13000 to keep my belongings and for a quick trip up the street. I have https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...648_-1___11005 for everyday running around, https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...967_-1___13000 for short shopping pick ups and the Louis Garneau for touring or anything big and heavy.
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Originally Posted by travelmama
I own several types for various uses. I have https://https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/...754_-1___13000 to keep my belongings and for a quick trip up the street. I have https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...648_-1___11005 for everyday running around, https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...967_-1___13000 for short shopping pick ups and the Louis Garneau for touring or anything big and heavy.
I have the Daytrekkers, and like them as small bags.

Yesterday, I almost pulled the trigger on the ATB bags, but shipping and tax added 50% to the cost - stopped me cold! I think these could be really handy for light duty shopping ----- but the S&H turned me off!
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I have this:



It's not the least bit cute, but it is functional.

I'd like to have this:



but the one I have works too well for me to justify (even to myself) the upgrade.
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I have the MTX Trunk bag that I like a lot for summer but the fold out panniers just don't have enough volume for the winter when I have to jam a couple layers of heavy clothes in them when it warms up in the afternoon.

I managed to score a second set of Novara Transfer Panniers today for $55 at the REI Scratch and dent. One ofthe twist locks doesnt ratchet. Doesn't effect how they perform. They will be my front set when I start touring. Novemeber I scored the older and larger set for the same price. The complaint was heel strike. https://www.rei.com/product/780451 If you scroll down they have a laptop sleeve that hangs in the pannier. The tops have a compartment for small stuff (the older set had a organizer in it with pockets for pens, small items and a key clip.

The older set I have has the mounts like these. https://www.rei.com/product/780452 I think I like them better becasue they are easier to pop off the bike. They have snaps that hold them together to make them eaiser to carry. You can buy a repait kit that has they old style mount for $20 if you want to convert. https://www.rei.com/product/782719

Heavy condura carcus with a stiff back plate that keep them out of the spokes. Rain flys store in a side pocket and seem to work well enough. Hit the scratch and dents and see if you can score a set.
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If I show those to my hubby he'll be jealous and will miss home (MEC)
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OK, so I found a company with the most unique panniers and helmets! https://www.cyclechic.co.uk/index.htm Why don't American companies make much this cute? And, does anyone know of a place in the states with similar items (I already know about Orange and Basil)

I'm liking these panniers, they have all sorts on their site!

I'm liking this helmet (of course, I'm just bored and surfing, not buying)
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If you're looking for style, IMO nothing compares with the classics like Gilles Berthoud or Carradice.

See the luggage page at VeloWeb.
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TamaraEden, you are SUCH a girl!...
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TamaraEden, you are SUCH a girl!...
That's the best compliment I've gotten all day!

I know I'm a girl. And I'm barely a bike owner, so I think it's a valid excuse for vanity. In reality though, I wear the same jeans a few times a week, own pretty much no brand names, and drive a 96 Camry with peeling paint. I'm a girl but I'm not a J.A.P. . Jewish American Princess. (I'm Jewish so I can call myself that)

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https://www.ortliebusa.com/CartGenie/prod-29.htm

I use the ortlieb back roller plus. Have been using them for about 6 months. They work great and hld up well to use. I also like how they look

Probably well out of your price range judging by your responses to other bags.

My favorite part about these bags is that they lock very securely to the bike--they don't move at all and are easy to put on/take off.
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