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Old 01-26-12, 08:00 PM
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Decent looking quick removable pannier - backpack/shoulder back combo?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice pannier that can be easily taken off of a rack to be used as a backpack or shoulder bag?

One more condition: I'd like something that fits my aesthetics. Something plain (no day-glo colors) that looks like it didn't come from a sporting good store, that wouldn't look too out of place when I carry it into my office. I know that Arkel bags are highly recommended, but even an understated design like their Briefcase model looks kind of dorky to me.

The closest thing to something that I'm looking for are bags from Ortlieb, especially the Office Bag, but the price is a bit steep. REI has one Ortlieb model at 53% off. It's not the color that I would choose first, but at that price I'm wondering whether to just suck it up at that price.

Anyone know of any other options that are similar to these?
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Old 01-26-12, 09:13 PM
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The Basil Weekender looks nice: http://www.bikesonline.com/basil-d-a...er-pannier.htm
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What about the Arkel bug? http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...e-pannier.html

Although when I needed a commuter bag I bought a pair of Axiom LaSalles. I use one with a shoulder strap.

Lot less money.
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Wald folding basket + the bag of your choosing = /thread.
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I'd recommend the Ortleib Downtown or Officebag with QL3 fixings. These are sweet. You just lift the bag right off the rack and the hooks are left attached to the rack.

If you are a younger guy and can pull it off take a look at Knog Franks Dog. Very cool looking bag and again the hooks are removable.

Take a look at Basil as well. Always thought these looked nice but no personal experience, as above: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Basil-Mens-B.../dp/B0030SVQCK

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Old 01-27-12, 07:54 AM
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I have mounted this style basket (front mount) to the rear of quite a few different commuter bikes on top of the rear rack. A wire basket is great to be able to toss items in and also attack things to. I have used a bungee to hold a jacket or a duffle bag to the top many times and any laptop bag will have the two rings for the shoulder strap and I keep a few of the cheap aluminum carabineers hooked to the top wire all the time to attach the laptop bag. Put one on each side or just one as shown and when you get to work just clip it off. The basket will hold your lock, change of shoes and your lunch.

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Old 01-27-12, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Wald folding basket + the bag of your choosing = /thread.
+1. I just attached a milk crate to the top of my rear rack and now I just toss any bag I like in and go! Saves a bunch of time.
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I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that the OP's aesthetic requirements may preclude the use of a milk crate or a wald basket. Not to disrespect, just a hunch.
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Old 01-27-12, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that the OP's aesthetic requirements may preclude the use of a milk crate or a wald basket. Not to disrespect, just a hunch.
;-) Well I’m glad you left out wire baskets and carabineers.

The trouble I have with milk crates is why do they have to mold into the side of them stolen from XYZ dairy?
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For years I used a basket of sorts and a standard office bag that I liked. The main problem was needing a big plastic sack on rainy/snowy days to protect the office bag. If you go this route, the Wald baskets are great. I switched from Nashbar Townies (folding cloth rack side baskets) to Walds for more sturdiness.

Now I use a Timbuk2 Shift. I love that it's reasonably waterproof, and small enough to discourage overpacking. But the back of the bag (with the rack hooks) tends to get dirty from wheel splash (FWIW I do use full fenders), so when it's off the bike I've started carrying it with the rack side facing away from me to keep my clothes clean. I haven't tried the Ortlieb or other clip-on bags, but I expect they'd all have similar tendencies to get dirty on the rack side.
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that the OP's aesthetic requirements may preclude the use of a milk crate or a wald basket. Not to disrespect, just a hunch.
Fair enough. My understanding wasn't so much how the bag looked on the bike, but how goofy, or not goofy the bag looked off the bike. Funny how easy it is to perceive different things from the same statement.
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When I want to keep my stuff dry I take the other bike. Different setup but same type wire basket. Everything inside bins stays dry, everything outside the bins gets soaked.

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Arkel Bug.

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Thanks for the advice, all. Actually a basket with my bag in there might work. I do like the look of the Basil Weekender, which I had never heard of before!

As I said in the OP, I know Arkel is highly recommended, but I really don't like the look.
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Maybe something like the Workit from Racktime. I believe it is from the same company that makes Ortlieb products. Looks like STP has it on sale.

The Workit
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/rac...nnier~p~4235m/
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Linus has some really nice looking bags. Very simple and minimal. http://shop.linusbike.com/collection...ffice-bike-bag
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I have Detours Teeco and I really like it. Not water proof/resistant, and not for heavy duty use, though.
Its on sale for $36 at REI right now.
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My girlfriend uses Wald baskets and just sets any bags she needs in those. They work super well and collapse, but you can't remove and attach them to the rack easily. They're also fairly cheap. I use an Arkel Bug. It looks good, only weighs as much as one bag (instead of bag + basket), and goes on and off of the rack easily. It's also a good backpack which is water-resistant (waterproof with a raincover). It's pretty expensive, but I think that it's worth it for something that has such a high build quality. YMMV. I used to put a backpack or mess bag into an Axiom waterproof pannier. It worked, but it was frustrating to get the bag in and out and generally just a poor solution.
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Originally Posted by dvald001 View Post
Linus has some really nice looking bags. Very simple and minimal. http://shop.linusbike.com/collection...ffice-bike-bag
Lol... looks like a letter box!

FWIW review of racktime workit: http://www.commutebybike.com/2011/04...muter-pannier/
review of ortleib downtown: http://www.commutebybike.com/2011/06...shop-com-sale/
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I'm a fan of using a rear rack & strapping down a regular backpack (I've had great luck using Surly Junk Straps to tie it down). This allows me to use whatever backpack I want, but still keep it off my back. It gives the advantages of a pannier (getting the weight off your back) without the disadvantages (wind resistance, etc). I'm sure there is some downside to it, but it works great for me.
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I vote for the Ortleib Downtown...get the QL-3 mount option...it is truly a thing of beauty to set the bag onto the catch points and know it's held on. Removing the bag is just like picking it up off the desk...seemless.

The Bag itself has a laptop divider within, a key strap, little interior velcro pouches, a nice removable shoulder strap and it looks great in the office (mine is black). Oh, and it stands up vertically unlike other bags I've owned...makes it nicer to load/unload etc.
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I have one. I kind of like it, but it's somewhat shapeless and full or empty it always looks frumpy both on and off the bike, especially since the part under the flap is blue and white striped and so always looks like its underwear is peaking out. Securing system is surprisingly good. Someday if I have some time I'd like to sew a few straps to it to tighten it up a bit. It was pretty hard to track one down for sale too, although that looks to have changed.

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Old 02-14-12, 11:58 PM
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Bicycle Touring Pro just tested these sort of smallish panniers/backpackpack.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeSaH...ature=youtu.be
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