We have received the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack convertible from the land where Americans will leave to if Donald Trump gets elected. Interestingly, my Devinci Caribou is also Canadian so both items will be rightfully immigrated just in case Trump wins the election.
Disclaimer: The fine fellows from Two Wheel Gear noticed that I was commuting via train and bicycle so they sent us their new Pannier Backpack convertible to put through its paces.
So the big boss at BikeCommuters.com asked me if I wanted to review this thing that is supposed to be a Pannier AND a backpack. I was intrigued and I was also in need of a nice Pannier so I quickly accepted his offer.
Let’s begin with the “convertible” system:
The backpack features two shoulder straps like a regular backpack:
There are a couple of zippers on top of the bag that if you unzip them, it will reveal the Universal Rixen & Kaul rack attachment:
Stuff the straps in the bag opening:
and then fold the flap inwards:
Then simply mount the pannier to the rear rack:
Close the bottom straps, and voila, you got yourself a pannier!
The conversion takes about a minute, this was a huge plus for me on my last train-bike commute. I boarded the train in backpack mode and as soon I got off the train, I simply converted it into a pannier and I was ready to ride the bike to work.
Let’s move on with some of the Features:
24L of space-That is huge! I was able to fit my jeans, shirt, pump, tire levers, tube, hoodie AND lunch. Notice the nice compartments:
This includes a padded sleeve for a 15″ laptop or a tablet!
High quality weatherproof materials– Includes reflective accents!
And for those people who ride while it rains:
A Fluorescent, reflective rain cover!
The guys at Two Wheel gear are geniuses; I was truly blown away with their Pannier/Backpack design. The functionality, the looks and the materials are top notch but we will see how this bag holds up to my train/bike commute. Stay tuned for a full review.
You can purchase this pannier/backpack at TwoWheelGear.com for a very reasonable $119 USD.
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