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Old 12-02-11, 02:14 PM
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What Panniers/Saddlebag/Bags do you use?

I'm looking for some additional storage space to avoid carrying a backpack for weekend trips that could also function for a daily commute.

The distances are relatively short (<25 miles), but lugging my back pack around is a bit less than ideal. Ideally the bag would be large enough to carry several days clothes, some random personal affects, and be relatively easy to take on and off.

There's been a bunch of bags from Ortlieb, Avenir, and M Wave that came up in searches, though at least the latter two look a bit flimsy.

Would love to see what you guys use and your thoughts on them.

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Old 12-02-11, 02:20 PM
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I made these a little over three years ago. They're still going strong.

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I use Axiom waterproof panniers (yellow). I've had them for about two years. The only thing that broke is one of the outside pocket zippers. I also use them for hauling groceries, so they can get quite heavy and stuffed.
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I use Ortlieb Sportspacker Plus bags for commuting. Don't know what sort of weekend trip you're doing; they'd be fine for clothes to go to a lodge or motel, but I'd need to pull out the Ortlieb Bikepackers for camping.
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Axiom LaSalle. Laptop and a small accordian file in one. Clothes in the other. Tools, spares, and a lock distributed in the outer pockets. The bags are moderately waterproof on their own-enough for a quick rain shower. Anything sustained and I put on the waterproof covers and nothing gets wet. 9 months at ~75 miles/week and there is no visible wear. They are dirty though....
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Timbuk2 Shifter Messenger Pannier

Also have Jandd Economy Panniers

Both are more than adequate for almost any commute (I usually only need to bring one of them)
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I use Ortlieb Sportspacker Plus bags for commuting.
+1

For my four-day workweek, on Mondays I carry the week's worth of work clothes in one, and the week's worth of lunches and snacks in the other. And a library book or two on each side. I leave one at work during the week to haul home the laundry (and library books) on Thursday.
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Can't afford Ortlieb or Banjo bags. I use Sunlite saddlebags, and I have a set of Axiom front panniers I use sometimes. They're cheap, they work, and they're cheap.
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Hi, I'm a first time poster. This forum is an amazing resource, and I'm thankful that there's so much great information on here.

My love for bags, particularly backpacks, is what got me into commuting in the first place. I figured, "if I am so into these cycling bags, I may as well cycle to work!"

I use a small Timbuk2 Hemlock that carries my laptop, tools, lunch, change of clothes, meds, and other things. I have been eying a SealLine Urban Backpack because it's waterproof, cool-looking, and velcro-less, but I so far have convinced myself that I need the better organizational ability and separate laptop compartment that the T2 offers much more.

I have been toying with the ideas of panniers for a little while, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Too many options!
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Originally Posted by PeregrineA1 View Post
Axiom LaSalle. Laptop and a small accordian file in one. Clothes in the other. Tools, spares, and a lock distributed in the outer pockets. The bags are moderately waterproof on their own-enough for a quick rain shower. Anything sustained and I put on the waterproof covers and nothing gets wet. 9 months at ~75 miles/week and there is no visible wear. They are dirty though....
Another Axiom Lasalle user here. Have a Topeak rack trunk with fold down panniers too, but needed more space now I'm in grad school plus work. Very good bags... Touring and commuting.
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
...For my four-day workweek, on Mondays I carry the week's worth of work clothes in one, and the week's worth of lunches and snacks in the other...
My work week's five days, but the process is the same. The panniers I use are Jandd front bags on the rear. They came w/rain covers. Paid 10.00US for them at a swap meet. There's, also a trunkbag. That's my multi-geared set-up. On my fg I use a Delta seatpost rack and trunkbag combo. It's just big enough to carry home my day's clothing and food containers.

Other pannier sets I have are Jandd Expandable Mountain, Jandd Saddlebags and Axiom Expandable. Too big for daily commuting. The saddlebags are on my back-up hybrid bike. An old Specialized Crossroads. They're all coated w/Thompson's Waterproofing. Still wrap everything in plastic bags, though.
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Originally Posted by illiterateabc View Post
Hi, I'm a first time poster. This forum is an amazing resource, and I'm thankful that there's so much great information on here.

My love for bags, particularly backpacks, is what got me into commuting in the first place. I figured, "if I am so into these cycling bags, I may as well cycle to work!"

I use a small Timbuk2 Hemlock that carries my laptop, tools, lunch, change of clothes, meds, and other things. I have been eying a SealLine Urban Backpack because it's waterproof, cool-looking, and velcro-less, but I so far have convinced myself that I need the better organizational ability and separate laptop compartment that the T2 offers much more.

I have been toying with the ideas of panniers for a little while, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Too many options!
Welcome! Been cycle-commuting for 25 years in February and have learned more on these forums since I joined than all the time previous. The DIY stuff is amazing. Never cease to be impressed w/t inventiveness of BF members. Enjoy yourself.
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I use a single Novara Commuter pannier from REI. It's not waterproof without its rain cover, though with that I trust it enough to carry my laptop back and forth from work in any kind of rain. It has held up very well through about 4 years of use. My biggest complaint is that when I've got a lot of weight in the pannier I can feel the imbalance from only having it on one side.

When I was shopping for panniers, everybody recommended Ortlieb Backrollers. I've seen them on sale at REI as cheap as $110. When they were at that price, I had some buyer's remorse about the Novara (though given REI's absurd return policy I probably could have returned my then 2-year old pannier and gotten the Ortliebs). Otherwise, I feel like the Novara is a solid choice, especially when it's on sale like it is now. I've thought about getting another one.
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I have the Axiom Kootenay's and they are more than adequate. I can also go grocery shopping with them as they are quite large. Another idea is to just strap your backpack to your rear rack using some bungee cords. I did this for over a year until I strapped a milkcrate on the rack and just put my backpack in their. No
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I've been thrilled for years with my Inertia Designs Cam Excursion Panniers. (inertiadesigns.com - you need to download the catalog and scroll to page 15, or see here: https://www.amazon.com/Inertia-Design.../dp/B001OS43DM).

I have commuted with them literally thousands of miles and they barely have a loose thread anywhere. I tend to stuff way too much crap/weight into them for commuting, so I have no doubt they would stand up to touring. The cam mount is really secure, but you can put them on the rack or take them off in seconds.

I haven't tried Ortlieb or some of the other top manufacturers, but these are miles ahead of cheap panniers with bungee suspensions. I don't know why this company isn't better known....

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I have always had a thing for Cannondale Overland panniers. I used to buy every set I could on the 'bay when I could get them for $40-$50. I've worn out two sets. One was replaced with Cannondale's lifetime warranty. With the other set they told me to eat cake, that they no longer honored their lifetime warranty. I've sold a few sets over the years, had one brand new set that I just put on my Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc stolen with the bike two years ago and now I have two sets left. One is brand spanking new and are hanging on a 1987 Schwinn Cimarron along with a new front set, and new rack trunk. The other set is on my 2009 Giant Seek 2.

I sold a brand new pair of Carradice Super C's for $130 a few years ago. I've always regretted doing that.
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My vote goes to Novarra Transfer Panniers (from REI) and Ortlieb FrontRollers (I use them on the back). The Novarra's are about $120 and the Ortlieb's are about $140. The Ortiebs are more waterproof and the attachment system is outstanding. The Novarra's are a bit more spacious and have lots of zippered compartments, and depend on a rainfly for better water resistance; the Ortliebs are essentially one-compartment sacks (about 1500 sq. inches) and look more sturdy. Both will work fine for commuting and day trips. You can add a bit more carrying capacity with a Banjo Bros. saddle bag (quite capacious) for $25, one of the best saddle bags (also usable as a handlebar bag) for the money..

I use the panniers with an Axiom Road rack, IMHO one of the best rear racks for the money.

I meant "cubic inches" not ""sq. inches"

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I used to think that Ortliebs were too expensive, but after getting tired of other brands that leaked when it rained, I finally sprung for a set of the front Classics. I use them on a rear rack and they have plenty of room to carry my work clothes, phone, glasses, lunch, tube, patch kit and multi tool plus pump. Well worth the extra cost to not have to worry about bagging everything up in case it rains.
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Originally Posted by phage View Post
I'm looking for some additional storage space to avoid carrying a backpack for weekend trips that could also function for a daily commute.

The distances are relatively short (<25 miles), but lugging my back pack around is a bit less than ideal. Ideally the bag would be large enough to carry several days clothes, some random personal affects, and be relatively easy to take on and off.

There's been a bunch of bags from Ortlieb, Avenir, and M Wave that came up in searches, though at least the latter two look a bit flimsy.

Would love to see what you guys use and your thoughts on them.

Thanks!
I understand wanting to get the weight off of your back, but there is a question that needs to be asked here:

What kind of bike do you have? Or better yet, what kind of geometry does it have?

If you have shorter chain stays, the odds of heel strike go up. The solution is to get a rack with a longer platform like the Jandd Expedition (ideal) or talk to Wayne at the Touring Store. The only thing is, the further back you move the load back to ensure heel clearance, the more adverse the bikes handling will become.

Another question is whether you do a bunch of on/off errand running or simply A to B and back? If you don't stray too far from your bike, something using the Carradice SQR system might interest you.
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For late spring through summer and early fall: Carradice Nelson longflap. If I only had one bag, this would be it. This, on my Kona Caldera set up for utility cycling (small front rack, PB ATB fenders, Bikes at Work hitch, VO Milan bars and VO touring saddle).

For late fall, winter, and early spring, when I need to carry significantly more (wide temperature swings and less predictable weather): Carradice panniers. I have a full set of front and rear, but I typically use one front and one rear. This, on my Surly Cross Check, set up for commuting (lots of reflectors and reflective tape, Airzounds horn, etc).
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...If you don't stray too far from your bike, something using the Carradice SQR system might interest you.
I don't understand this statement. The Carradice SQR is a quick release, making it easy for the rider to remove the bag before straying too far...
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I don't understand this statement. The Carradice SQR is a quick release, making it easy for the rider to remove the bag before straying too far...
Full disclosure, I'm a confirmed 'weight on my back and not my bike' type- so take everything I say when it comes to panniers with a grain of salt.

QR bags are easy for the rider to remove, but they are just as easy for thieves to remove as well. Not everyone strips their bike of the bags every time they run into the quickie mart for nachos and a 40 oz. or some alkaline batteries for their back up light because their primary light decided to go tits up.

Depending on the OP's bike geometry and style of riding, panniers may not be the best choice. Something like some Wald folders may work better. Or a better backpack or even mess bag.

OP- I can't help you with the bag selection. I don't know your budget, the environment you're riding in now or planning on, or your personal fashion sense. But if you are sure you intend to go down the pannier path, then invest in a decent rack. Get one with the lower attachment rail, so that you can still mount a trunk bag or tie down a sleeping bag or even carry home a case of PBR.
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Personally,
On My Bike Friday and its front rack I have a pair of Ortlieb sport packers
I got on close out, discounted, at Sierra Trading Post, many years ago..
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Obviously your budget will dictate your choice. As a long time commuter who has no intention of stopping, I tend to buy the very best gear I can find/afford. It has to work day after day in all conditions and not breakdown, having to fix the same thing over and over and jury-rigging stuff is not economical or acceptable to me.

I recommend the Arkel and Ortleib - Very expensive, very well designed, very well built, and very unlikely to wear out or fail for a long long time. My Arkel Commuter is now in it's 6th year and looks and works like it's brand new, I'm positive it'll go 10+ more years.

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