March 11, 2005

Panniers, baskets and rucksacks!

I started off with just having a rucksack but the sweaty back got to me. I then bought a canvas detachable basket which I used to put my rucksack in. After a term of constant use, it broke! After much thought, I decided to buy a rack and panniers, and mainly due to reading this review: link

I have to agree with the person who wrote it, this bag is brilliantly designed. Its not particularly cheap (I got mine for £44) but it is a tough, durable bag.

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  1. I use Ortlieb panniers, but a friend of mine has an ortlieb Office Bag which I think is perfect. It's not cheap, but it is ideal, and totally waterproof.

    12 Mar 2005, 10:23

  2. Steve Rumsby

    I've never cycled with a rucksack, always assuming that having lots of weight so high would adversely affect my balance. On the other hand, I do see a lot of people successfully cycling with rucksacks so it can't be that bad an effect.

    With the amount of junk I carry about with me while cycling (tools, waterproofs, spare lights, random rubbish) plus the occasional laptop and other work–related essentials, a rucksack would be uncomfortably heavy I suspect. I suppose I should review what I carry to try and lighten the load, but I much prefer having a couple of panniers that I can just stuff with whatever I feel the urge to carry. I'm using cheap ones bought from H*lfords in a January sale. £25 for a pair of decent sized ones that have taken everything I've thrown at, and in, them for the last couple of years. I also have a rack mountable briefcase, smaller than the two mentioned above, but perfect in combination with a pannier for the bulky stuff. I stopped using that when I started carrying a laptop, but when I did use it, it was perfect. Again, another bargain (£20, I think) from a H*lfords sale.

    14 Mar 2005, 11:55

  3. Chris May

    I use a pair of panniers in the winter, but once it's warm enough to dispense with the waterproofs etc, I use a patagonia 'half mass' courier bag. The bike seems noticeably quicker minus it's rack and panniers, but I suppose that might just be psychological.

    21 Mar 2005, 22:12

  4. I've just recently got myself a fabulous rucsac from the always excellent Edinburgh Bicycle Co–op.

    You can see it at:


    A very nice piece of kit. No sweaty back. And it looks great too.


    25 Apr 2005, 17:06

  5. Berghaus Bladdered

    I use the Berghaus Bladdered rucksack. If you can see past the unfortunate name it's a great bit of kit.

    06 May 2005, 14:20

  6. heather

    I am trying to find a dual purpose pannier that then has ruck sack carry straps. I needa pannier on my bike then a rucksack for moving about. Does anybody know if such a thing exists??? Manufacturers take note , there is a gap in the market.

    04 Oct 2005, 09:50

  7. Sunil Chhita

    I've seen quite a few with a carry strap. I use a Bike Bureau from Carradice (check out this review link) which is a good strong pannier but the weakest part is its carry strap (but that can be replaced very easily). Carradice also have the SQR bags (which clip onto the seat post) and then have a separate rucksack harness to go with it. Unfortunately, these aren't as big, so really depends how much stuff you are lugging around.

    You could try link for other bike panniers, but if you find any with rucksack capabilities, let us know!

    06 Oct 2005, 16:49

  8. Grayham

    J E Cycles sell a 23ltr backpack/pannier, which is on offer at the moment

    08 Dec 2005, 15:34

  9. mark

    Arkel in Quebeck, make a very good looking backpack/pannier bag. Check out their web site for more details. Or Do a Google search for ( panniers backpack ) there are many on the market.

    10 Dec 2005, 15:18

  10. Benje

    I am in the same pridicament the link grayham sugested is good but keep posting any better links!
    use my search engine at;
    The Search Engine


    22 Jan 2006, 20:49

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