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I'm looking for a nice pair of panniers, and I'd like to see what everyone else has and recommends. So far, I've looked at Rivendall and Ostrich. Thanks.
 

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I have these on my commuter:
http://www.rei.com/product/780451

They're big enough to fit a laptop, shoes, work clothes, and a rain jacket--but they also have cinch straps that tighten things up when I'm carrying less stuff. The top pockets are great for carrying keys, wallet, etc. The clips are really nice, and make it very easy to attach and remove the bags from the rack. Lastly, the rain covers are nice and bright, adding some visibility during rainy rides--and they seem to keep things dry. I'd probably use something different for long-distance touring in terrible weather, but these have been great for my 34-mile round-trip commute in Colorado.
 

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i have two different sets i use a topeak mtx trunkbag (http://www.rei.com/product/710404)
and just picked up a set of arkel gt-18 panniers (http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categories/touring-bike-bag/gt-18-grand-touring-front-pannier.html) these are the ones i have been using on my commute for the last two weeks they work great provide lots of room for clothes, lunch, change of shoes, 6pack of beer, etc....

the topeak pannier system is a great way to transport things as well i used this system for 3.5years commuting, and bringing home lots of groceries and never had any issues with the system.

good luck with your choice
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I have the topeak trunk bag with panniers as well. It works great. Carries my boots and clothes for work along with my lunch, spare tubes, tools, rain jacket, small pump, U-Lock and a towel. Thats just what it has in it on my way to work. Im going to add a rack and panniers up front as well.
 

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How about these, anyone use them?

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Those with the MTX trunkbag, can you tell me if I would be able to fit my laptop in one of the side drop down panniers? The carrying case is 12"x14".

Also, are you guys using the trunkbag with a full rear rack, or can it be used with a seatpost rack?
 

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Those with the MTX trunkbag, can you tell me if I would be able to fit my laptop in one of the side drop down panniers? The carrying case is 12"x14".

Also, are you guys using the trunkbag with a full rear rack, or can it be used with a seatpost rack?
Probably, I don't know the exact size of the bags but I'll measure them when I get home. You probably wouldn't be able to zip it up though.

The trunk bag works with either a full rack or seat post rack. You can't use the panniers with the seat post rack unless you buy the side rails to keep the bags out of your wheel. I have the topeak explorer rack.
 

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Thanks for the reply, looking forward to the measurements. My macbook is only 9x13, so the carrying case might be able to be smushed down a tad.

Maybe this is a dumb question, but do you need a Topeak rack for the Topeak bag? I'm guessing one would, and mount rails are not created equal. Is that correct?
 

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Banjo Brothers Market Pannier. I only use this on days I have to carry a lot. Can hold 2 12 packs of bottled beer.
 

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Thanks for the reply, looking forward to the measurements. My macbook is only 9x13, so the carrying case might be able to be smushed down a tad.

Maybe this is a dumb question, but do you need a Topeak rack for the Topeak bag? I'm guessing one would, and mount rails are not created equal. Is that correct?
The bags are around 16x12 and zipped up they are about 3" deep. Thats this bag.

If you want to use the quick track youll need the Topeak rack.
 

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Banjo Brothers Market Pannier. I only use this on days I have to carry a lot. Can hold 2 12 packs of bottled beer.
That's what I need, something that can hold beaucoup beer...:D BTW, are you happy with the construction and materials of the BB panniers; they appear to be well made, but I can't help wonder how and why the cost is so low...:confused:
 

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24 bottles of beer, all in one side?!? Wow! Do you actually ride like that, or did you just stuff the beer in to see if it would fit? I carry a 12 pack of soda to work every couple weeks in one pannier and it`s doable for a few miles, but I do feel lopsided and I sure wouldn`t care to ride any real distance like that.

I have two sizes (one pair each) of Lone Peaks, mostly for touring. I like them for that, but they`re the only brand I have much experience with. They`re light, but for every day use, I think they`d wear out a lot faster than many other more robust bags.
 

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Never actually rode with beer in the panniers - just happened to have a couple 12ers on hand when I first tried the bag.

The Banjo Brothers stuff is very well made - thoughtfully done.
 

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If you carry things that need to stay dry (e.g. computer), and you don't want to wuss out in the rain, I don't think you can beat the Ortlieb Back-Rollers. I use a pair of Back-Roller Classic rear panniers for commuting and touring throughout the year, and they work perfectly for me. I think it's a good idea to stay away from anything with built-in organizers or other inserts. In practice, those things only limit what you can put in the bag.
 

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wiggy said:
i have two different sets i use a topeak mtx trunkbag (http://www.rei.com/product/710404)
and just picked up a set of arkel gt-18 panniers (http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categories/touring-bike-bag/gt-18-grand-touring-front-pannier.html) these are the ones i have been using on my commute for the last two weeks they work great provide lots of room for clothes, lunch, change of shoes, 6pack of beer, etc....

the topeak pannier system is a great way to transport things as well i used this system for 3.5years commuting, and bringing home lots of groceries and never had any issues with the system.

good luck with your choice
joe
I am buying the Topeak rack since it is so damn hot here in New Orleans and my back is always soaked form my back pack. It seems like the Topeak system is the most reccomended here, but I am seeing a few options. First of all is there a major diffence in these?

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_203628_-1_201553_10000_200411

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_203697_-1_201553_10000_200411

My second question has to do with bag sizes. I see the three options of EX, DX, and DXP. All can be seen here.

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/BA298A12-Topeak+Mtx+Trunkbag.aspx

Normally when I commute I only transport one work outfit(no shoes, I keep a pair at the office). I don't want to cram it into bag that is too small due to wrinkling. I will also be carrying the usual supects: extra tube, minipump, and multi tool.

On a bad day, I have to carry my clothes (no shoes), a lunch, several files, and a laptop.

What I am thinking, and this is without ever having seen these bags in person, is that the EX is probably what I need. It seems like I could fold my clothes up and put them in that bag, while keping my tools in the side zippered portions. If I have all the extra stuff I can put some in my clothes the EX and the rest in my back pack, thus keeping my clothes from getting wrinkled. The max capacity would probably only happen once a month at the most, so I wouldn't mind the bad if it was only a sporadic requirement. I try to leave as much work clothes at work as possible, and as much "work" at work as possible too. So I guess my question really is, will the EX fit a change of clothes comfortably?

Edited: Just thought of one more question. I have been commuting by mountain bike, but I recently got my hands on an old road bike, and I think I want to make it my full time commuter. It has the rack mounts, but I wanted to make sure that this rack was not a mountain bike only rack.

Edit 2: If I went with the DX, can I add the panniers to the bag later?
 

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Codwater, in reference to the models of Topeak bags, I use the DXP which provides a zip expansion on the trunk compartment compared to the EXP which seems to have the same size zip down panniers, but not the expandable trunk.

The DXP has been great. I have owned it for close to a year. I keep change of clothes in one pannier and laptop (Dell 630) and notepad in the other pannier. In the trunk I store the rain cover, tools, spare tube, and any extras I may need.

Since your load varies, I would think the zip down panniers would be ideal. I keep mine zipped up when not commuting. I also recommend the raincover as it does the job to keep your gear dry.
 
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