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Back in the saddle

Once again – still… – I’ve been dealing with illness — and resulting time off the bike (and off of work). Not too long ago, I posted about being too sick to bike. Then – with a sudden burst of energy and need to be active – I did return to my bike for a mere few days before landing myself in bed for another week of being sick.

I’m happy to report that so far this week I’ve been riding again, but I’ve decided to “go lite” and have changed my cargo set-up. I’m just carrying my seasoned (err – old) trunk bag instead of a pannier that’s just too easy to fill up with stuff and weigh me down. Several years ago, I also stopped using backpacks due to neck and shoulder pain.
trunk bag

My pannier set-up – (photo taken last fall with my waterproof pannier)
pannier set-up

My pannier set-up from just before I got sick –
market pannier

Unfortunately it’s also limited my side-trips on the way home to grab groceries, since I’ve left no room for extras. At this time, I think that’s just as well.. since the last time I reported that I was back on my bike I did end up sick again. No need to overdo it.

Traveling lighter has been a refreshing way to go. I’m considering it a “spring cleaning” of sorts. No extra baggage.

What’s your preferred method of carrying your stuff while biking?

First Look:Minnehaha Canvas Utility Pannier

I took possession of a Minnehaha Utility Canvas Pannier. This pannier will come in handy when I have to go to do a quick grocery run and I don’t have the need for my Xtracycle.

I was really impressed by the quality of the pannier, the materials are top notch. I was also impressed by the cargo capacity of the pannier, check it out:

Two 8 packs of soda easily fit inside the panniers! And that little canvas baggy, perfect for keys, wallet, gum, a .22 or other small items that can get lost or squashed inside the big compartment.

The attachment mechanism is very adjustable and easy to install/uninstall:

it even comes with a handle so you can take it with you inside the store!

I will be testing the durability of this pannier in the coming months, stay tuned for a full review.

Fixed Gear Friday: OYB Bag


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.

Lone Peak Saddle Bags

I’m a huge fan of panniers, so when I saw Lone Peak‘s Booth at Interbike we stopped to check it out.

This pannier is sort of ‘business oriented, it’s designed to carry your laptop and some other office necessities.

The neat thing about this pannier is it’s ‘hideaway’ strapping system. Simply roll the cover down and zip it up, that simple.

Here’s another neat pannier from Lone Peak, it’s a garment pannier. How many people use the excuse about not riding to work because their clothing becomes wrinkled on their backpack or other pannier? This Pannier is the solution.


The garment pannier’s 2300 ci volume has plenty of room to carry other necessities for your commute. Stay tuned, we maybe getting one of these panniers to put them through our rigorous testing.