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Interbike 2012: Banjo Brothers

One of my favorite people to visit at Interbike would be our friends Eric and Mike also known as the Banjo Brothers. I’ve known these guys for at least 6 years and did you know that Banjo Brothers is celebrating their 10 year anniversary! A big congrats goes out to these guys who make high quality products at affordable prices.

Mike and Eric, The Banjo Brothers.
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For 2013 the Brothers are offering new frame bags.
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Another product they are offering is a cell phone bag/keeper. The clear plastic cover allows you full control of your screen while protecting it from the elements. This bag is perfect for storing your stuff all together so you can fit it in the back of your jersey pocket.
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You can keep your ID, CC and cash in there.
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This right here has to be my favorite, same concept as above, but you can mount it on your bike!
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Velcro to keep things secure on the bike.
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Another new product is this guy. It’s the same as their backpack but made with a different material. From what I recall, Eric said it was waxed canvas. So that should make some of you retro-grouches happy.
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Here’s a great example of Banjo Brother products mounted on a commuter/touring bike.
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Look hunny, the drapes match the carpet!
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I love me some Banjo Brothers. My own commuter back pack is 6 years old and it’s still going strong! I use for bike commuting and even for luggage when I travel.

I’m seeing RED

One of our biggest supporters of BikeCommuteers.com is Banjo Brothers. We’ve know Mike and Eric since they first started many years ago. Every time we see them at Interbike, we make sure to meet up with them so we can feature their new products. For the 2011 Interbike show, Banjo Brothers is planning on releasing red colored bags. Not only do they look sharp, but it helps with overall visibility because it stands out quite a bit while you’re on the road.

The freshly re-designed 01090 saddlebag panniers from Banjo Brothers. $59.99 at your local bike shop.
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“The freshly redesigned #01085 Banjo Brothers Market Pannier is the James Brown of Panniers – the hardest workin’ pannier in the bike biz. Groceries. Hell yes. S24O or light touring. Damn Straight. It’s takin’ what your givin’ ’cause it’s workin’ for a livin’. $49.99 Retail at your LBS.”
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“The 2000 Cubic Inch Banjo Brothers Messenger Bag retailers for $79.99 and includes a padded laptop sleeve and a phone holster. You can look good and not break the bank.”
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Make sure you check out The Banjo Brothers Facebook Fan Page for more info.

Whitey Von by Banjo Brothers

I love the white backpack that Banjo Brothers offers, its called the Whitey Von. It will sure add to visibility when you’re on the road.
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Retails $89.00 and if its anything like their traditional backpack, this thing should last you years on out. If backpacks aren’t your thing, check out their panniers. I’ve got one of those too, the Market Pannier to be exact, LOVE IT!

There might be something to this Pannier thing…

The other day I finally rode my bike with a pannier. The one in question is the Banjo Brothers Market Pannier. I’ve had this bag for over 2 years and the extent that of its use was to grab groceries or to carry heavy objects like a case of beer and melons.

When I was planning my commute the night before, rather than packing my backpack full of stuff, I grabbed the Market Pannier instead. The following morning I mounted the pannier on the rear rack and off I went. I arrived at my office sweat-free (my back)! Typically when I ride, I’ll bring a back pack, but that always guarantees me a sweaty back and at times aching shoulders. Personally I never liked the whole pannier look, I’ve always thought it was kinda “old” looking.

But after my ride with the pannier, I may have to eat my words…

Panniers & Peanut Butter

Longtime readers of Bikecommuters.com may remember Russ Roca, our good friend and contributor to the site. Russ and his partner Laura sold most of their belongings a little over a year ago and embarked on an open-ended bicycle journey across the United States.

Now, with all that experience under their wheels, they compiled a bunch of their tips, tricks and observations into Panniers and Peanut Butter:The Path Less Pedaled Bike Camping Gear Guide:

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The book is a PDF-format e-book, and it is available for $20.00 by clicking this link (to secure PayPal shopping cart). Help support Russ and Laura as they continue their journey…if the writing on their website and Facebook presence is any indication of the contents of Panniers & Peanut Butter, this e-book should be pure cyclotouring gold!!!