- Panniers for commuting – which flavour of Ortlieb or something else?
After trying many different brands and price points for touring on a tandem with the missus I eventually spent some seriouse money and bought two pairs of Ortlieb Classic panniers.
There is only one description: Brilliant
Others flop around, leak, wear, difficulty to attach, difficult to release, awkward to carry off the, all things the Ortlieb’s are just brilliant at.
The only small negative (apart from price) is they are slightly heavier than some other, but when you see the quality you will understand why.
I now use one of my four for commuting duties even though its a bit too big.Posted 4 years agoreluctantlondonerMember
Finally! Now with a sensible commute distance and better weather the time has come to invest in some panniers for commuting – what does everyone use or recommend?
I’m assuming I’ll use Ortlieb, but I’m not sure whether the city specific ones are any better?
I’ll need to use the pair as I have loads to schlep – laptop, gym clothes and two or three meals to carry with me each day.
All recommendations welcome. Thank you.Posted 4 years agoAidyMember
2 or 3 meals to carry a day? Sure it wouldn’t be easier to just move into the office? 🙂
I’d be very surprised if you really needed a pair (although two are useful to have). I get a week’s worth of changes of clothes and then some into a single pannier.
Go with Ortlieb. I think I’d be pretty tempted by a set of Back Rollers. Don’t underestimate how useful a carrying strap is.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve a Downtown for “smarter” commuting duties. Really like it, the only things I’d say are that the closure mechanism isn’t amazingly well thought out, and there’s no “give” in the material (meaning you can’t force that extra thing in).bacondoublecheeMember
I use a Topeak MTX TrunkBag EXP for my commute. I’ve had it a good few years now and it generally carries: work clothes, gym kit, laptop and lunch etc (so quite a bit).
It still looks pretty much like new (despite being brushed against walls etc frequently). The quick mounting system is perfect for commuting (i’m always in a rush) and I’ve even used it off-road on the MTB for bike-packing while bulging at the seams with no ill effects.Posted 4 years agoreluctantlondonerMember
Thanks – seems like Ortlieb are the way to go.
I go to the gym/yoga before work and then tend to work quite long hours unfortunately, so carrying loads of food is the only way to avoid eating the wrong things (gluten is not my friend).
And as I work in a trendy open plan office, storing things is a royal PITA so easier to carry.
Right – time to hit Wiggle and get ordering.Posted 4 years agoransosSubscriber
I’d give serious thought to carrying your laptop on your back. Riding without a backpack is nice, but panniers get a hell of a lot of vibration.
My wife uses an Altura briefcase pannier with a special compartment and padded insert for the laptop. It’s really well protected in there.Posted 4 years ago
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