Category: Panniers


12″ Sub inside my OYB bag.

Some of you may remember this little bag from Outyourbackdoor.com, but since my post was a casualty of Mr. Hacker, I think it’s worth mentioning again.

This little $35 bag is a saddle bag, handlebar bag, pannier, or a man purse.

It’s 10″x8″x4″ and is great for carrying all manner of daily-use goodies, including wine bottles.

The way the bag works is that each bag comes with 3 small leather buckle-straps stowed in the front pouch. To use as a bar-bag, tuck shoulder-strap into main-pouch and thread 2 leather straps thru the big D-rings to the bars and 1 strap around the head-tube thru the waist-strap D-rings. To use as a saddle-bag, here’s where it gets neat: Each main-strap D-ring has a 1/4″ section removed beneath its attachment loop—shove the canvas aside and clip each D-ring thru your saddle rail or bag-loop, then use a leather-strap to afix to the seatpost. Presto!

I attached it to the Brooks Saddle of my Swobo Sanchez and it has become extremely useful. I can carry a T-shirt, shorts, a tube and my CO2 pump in that little bag. Today, I used it to carry my 12″ Sub that I got for lunch. So if you are looking for a small inexpensive do-it all bag, I highly recommend the OYB Bag.

Hey everyone, this is my first post as an official BikeCommuters.com team member so I thought I’d post about something I use every day during my bike commute. The video is a little rough as I’m still working on my editing skillz.

Enjoy!


Banjo Brothers Saddlebag panniers
KHS Green with Banjo Bros. Panniers
I don’t really like riding with anything on my back since I happen to sweat a lot. Banjo Brothers sent us their Saddlebag Panniers to test over a year ago and they are my favorite dual sided panniers.

Specs:

* 1500 cubic inch capacity
* Ripstop fabric with ballistic on the high-wear inside faces
* One piece design is great for commuters
* Single strap to attach or remove panniers
* 360 degree reflective accents


What Rocks:
The panniers have a low profile, they look great, they have a reflective strip and they are easy to remove/install on the bike. I usually place my work clothes on one side, and my bike essentials and lunch bag on the other side. As far as durability goes, I’ve never had an issue with the quality of the panniers. I’ve never ridden with them when is raining, so I can’t tell you how they will fare on a downpour. I also use the panniers when I take my kids to the beach or the park. I can take blankets, clothes, towels and lunches.

What Sucks:
I only have one gripe about these panniers: The single strap. My kids have gotten a hold of the single strap a couple of times and since it is not attached to the panniers and I end up riding with the panniers flapping around.

My recommendation:
These panniers retail for $49.99, yeah, you read it right, $49.99!!! A total awesome deal if you ask me!!. I highly recommend them for commuting and short recreational trip purposes, its very hard to find panniers of this quality at this price.

For more info, go to www.banjobrothers.com