Velo Transit Metro 20 Pannier

For the past six weeks, I’ve been testing the Velo Transit (VT) Edge 40 backpack, as well as the Metro 20 Pannier. My review of the Edge 40 can be found here.

The Metro Transit is one of VT’s more basic panniers, and retails for $119. However, that doesn’t mean VT didn’t put a lot of thought into this pannier. The mounting hardware – what VT calls “KlickFix” – works extremely well – I tried it on 2 very different racks and didn’t have a problem mounting it to either. Adjustment and attachment are both reliable and intuitive.

Inside, there is one unzippered and one zippered pocket – both mounted to the hard plastic shell that gives the Metro 20 its structure. The rest is all open storage. On the outside, there is one large zip pocket with a vertical zip – however, this is not waterproof, so don’t stick your laptop there on a rainy day!

Like the Edge 40, the waterproof claim is one of the high points of this pannier. Also like the Edge 40, I never got to check it out on my commute during our test period. I did subject the pannier to the same sprinkler test (about half an hour), and it passed with flying colors – no water made it in! I wasn’t surprised though – the top of the Metro 20 is designed very similarly to waterproof bags I’ve used while kayaking and hiking, although it has an extra strap to pull the top back into a nicer shape.

The Metro 20 proved to be a great regular commuting pannier. Although simple, I was able to get everything I normally carry into it – in an organized fashion – without any trouble. The one caveat I’d mention is that it might be on the small side for commuting during colder weather, when I might want to carry bulkier clothing at some point. However, you can always buy 2 (or the smaller Metro 15) if you need extra capacity!


  1. Barb Chamberlain August 1, 2012 7:37 pm 

    It would be great if you included information on color options in reviews of bike accessories. Looking at the Velo Transit website shows me a nice selection of very masculine colors. I’m not overly girly but none of the colors shown goes with my bike.

    Or ask a woman to use it and write a parallel review. Her comparison may well be to a woman’s purse, which is a different benchmark than just comparing to other panniers.

    I’d also love to know how the pannier works when you take it off the bike and carry it. I used to have panniers with this type of hook to fit onto the rack and they were always catching onto my clothing.

    I’m posting this comment not because it’s a bad review but because manufacturers need to hear this kind of feedback or they’ll never catch on to the market they’re missing or ways to improve the products to fit into everyday living, not just into cycling.

  2. Matt August 2, 2012 6:54 am 

    Barb –

    I personally don’t think of hi-vis yellow as a “masculine” color – but I understand your point! Your suggestion on colors is good – I don’t tend to care as much so I didn’t think about it.

    In terms of having a woman review it – we only received 1 pannier to review (and then had to send it back), but Elizabeth is reviewing the female version of the backpack we got from Velo Transit.

    For off the bike – the pannier has a shoulder strap and a handle (you can see both in the second picture). The clips to attach it to the bike make it a little awkward to carry, but it’s not too bad. They don’t tend to hook on clothing.

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