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Old 08-21-11, 03:56 AM
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Pannier question(s)

Ok so I'm trying to make sure I'm geared up properly for commuting and I have a couple of questions that searching didn't turn up exact answers for

Panniers, do I need two to balance out or will 1 suffice? I'll be commuting to school and work so I'll have to carry a little bit of stuff with me.

Secondly are there any panniers other than timbuk2 that come off and can be used as a backpack/messenger bag?

Third instead of a pannier could I just get a rack and strap my bag to that? I have both a timbuk2 med messenger and a chrome borris
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Yeah, the arkel bug -- check that one out.

I just use cheap ones that "drape" over the rear rack and have 2 on each side. I've used the same set for almost 3 years and they're still going. You can jam a lot of crap in them too. They're "appalachian" "Axiom" or something like that.
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1 - Lots of people run with one pannier. It works just fine.

2 - Those types of panniers exist, but I have no experience with them.

3 - Sounds like you're getting a rack anyway, right? But yes, you can strap your bag to the top of the rack. You could also attach a milk crate to your rack, and put your bag in the crate.
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Regarding the milk crate option: depending on the size of the bag, it may not fit inside the crate. I had that problem with my big backpack and hit upon another solution. You could also explore getting something from Wald that would allow you to just use your current bags...
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Im looking seriously into a rack mainly for warmer months as the commute is rather short (10 mile round trip) in texas summer heat thats still a lot of time to get a soaked back
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Question to the OP- what bike are you going to be using? Some bike geometries lend themselves to using panniers better than others.
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Want a single back pack/pannier? , Nashbar sells one. sewn in Asia.

there is an Ortlieb Bike Shopper pannier, sold singly,
+ they sell a back pack harness to clip the bag onto,
Advantage Ortlieb is waterproof, Shopper uses a waterproof zipper closure.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Want a single back pack/pannier? , Nashbar sells one. sewn in Asia.

there is an Ortlieb Bike Shopper pannier, sold singly,
+ they sell a back pack harness to clip the bag onto,
Advantage Ortlieb is waterproof, Shopper uses a waterproof zipper closure.
You could also pick up a set of Axiom Lasalle Panniers, which now sports a shoulder strap. Run with one on the left side for a while, then switch to the right. A set of these panniers are still less than one Arkel Bug and they are very durable as well.
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Hi

I ride at times with a single pannier. Works fine for me. As to the pannier/messenger bag, no experience sorry.

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You can absolutely strap a backpack to the rack. That's how I commute. I've found that Surly Junk Straps hold the bag the best for me. (I've tried bungie cords & cargo nets). Some others here have used other straps with success. I find the backpack/rack combo works better for me than panniers do. If you are only planning on using one pannier, a backpack may distribute your weight better as it will be centered on the rear rack.
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