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Old 05-10-13, 06:19 PM
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Collapsible/Compressible Panniers?

I know there are millions of pannier/bag threads here and I have searched them to mediocre satisfaction.

I am a backpack user, but want to ditch some of the things I use infrequently but want to have with me (shoe covers, extra rain jacket, extra layer in spring/fall) to somewhere on the bike. So I am thinking some kind of pannier. Or trunk bag. Or saddle bag. etc.

However, I also want to have extra room if I want to stop on the way home and pick up something, or if I have done some shopping at lunchtime. I want it to be small when I'm hardly carrying anything so it's easier against the wind and big when I need it more than usual (hence the collapsibility). I also like waterproofness and will pay for good quality but not more than is necessary. And I want easy access in and out. And it can't fall off when I hang the bike vertically on the rack at work.

need help - I am seriously overthinking this. Perhaps I am asking for too much out of one item. Thank you.
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Ortlieb Bike Shopper.......excellent in town pannier. Easy on/off bike, collapses, waterproof, secure attachment, ortlieb quality, etc....

https://www.bikebagshop.com/ortlieb-b...er-p-1265.html

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https://www.bicycles.net.au/2011/01/r...r-pannier-bag/


A pannier specifically made for convenient grocery shopping and commuting, the Ortlieb Bike Shopper is quite spacious with a tall design, made to maximize your space. A perfect way for you to integrate biking with your daily shopping routine to the farmer's market or supermarket. This pannier is also a great pannier to pair up with one of Ortlieb bike commuting panniers.


The Shopper utilizes the QSC Quick Seal Closure which seals your bag tightly with the water proof zipper to protect your groceries in any weather. For maintaining usability of the QSC, use the included lubricant from time to time.

The upper and lower attachment system is the patented Ortlieb QL2 system which is adjustable laterally to provide heel clearance for tall riders, or just to create a unique fit onto your
bike rack
. This system allows fast mounting and dismounting from your rack for seamless shopping with the ultimate reusable . The bag features an elliptical, rotating, lower hook rail, and an edge protector for fixing the ORTLIEB carrying system (optional accessory),which also increases the bag's stability. The carrying straps are adjustable for easy portage by hand or over-the-shoulder, and the bag can also be carried casually as shoulder bag. For biking, the straps are adjusted to their shortest position and fixed by means of snaps.
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Thanks Murf, looks really good. you have one?
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Thanks Murf, looks really good. you have one?
Yes.....actually two of them. I tend to keep one on my cyclocross commuter and the other on my mtn bike commuter, opposite sides of the bikes. That way I can put both of them on either bike if making a medium grocery or shopping run. Almost always have one of them on my two main commuters. We also have several other panniers in our family of 6.
Good panniers. They are relatively light, relatively collapsible, and have a surprisingly large volume, esp when left 'unzipped' for larger items or grocery items like beets, kale, whatever.......
Also, I like the Ortlieb quick, easy, and secure release method of attaching to the rack. The waterproof feature is great for keeping stuff dry or even can be used as a cooler, if needed.
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Originally Posted by CharlieFree
I know there are millions of pannier/bag threads here and I have searched them to mediocre satisfaction.

I am a backpack user, but want to ditch some of the things I use infrequently but want to have with me (shoe covers, extra rain jacket, extra layer in spring/fall) to somewhere on the bike. So I am thinking some kind of pannier. Or trunk bag. Or saddle bag. etc.

However, I also want to have extra room if I want to stop on the way home and pick up something, or if I have done some shopping at lunchtime. I want it to be small when I'm hardly carrying anything so it's easier against the wind and big when I need it more than usual (hence the collapsibility). I also like waterproofness and will pay for good quality but not more than is necessary. And I want easy access in and out. And it can't fall off when I hang the bike vertically on the rack at work.

need help - I am seriously overthinking this. Perhaps I am asking for too much out of one item. Thank you.
You're over thinking. Almost any waterproof pannier will do what you want. They've mostly got a rack side piece of stiffener, and the rest of the bag is just cloth. They'll have more or less shape when not stuffed full. I'm partial to Ortlieb roller classics, but there are plenty of choices.

wind drag isn't as big a deal as you might think. For the most part, the bag is behind the rider, so doesn't result in an increase in frontal area.

I've hung my bike on the wall with panniers on it. any good three point system (not just hooks and a bungie) will work for that. Hooks and a bungie might, for that matter.
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