Via BikeBagShop.com Email:
Recently purchased a Focus Maleta Disc (2011) bike. I have not taken delivery just yet, but was looking for advice on best panniers for commuting. I need to carry my lunch bag, and occasionally a change of clothes, and would also like to keep my lock and tools in the bags as well. The bike comes equipped with a bike rack.
We would be hard pressed to choose what the best commuter pannier for everyone would be given the variety of conditions and situations people face. Here is a brief list of questions you might consider when choosing the pannier that is best for your commute.
- Would you benefit from a waterproof pannier?
- How much stuff will you be carrying and will you be carrying a laptop or picking up groceries on the way home?
- Do you want a pannier set or will single pannier do?
- How much will you be carrying the pannier off of the bike?
- Are you interested in other uses for the pannier such as bike touring?
This list can go on and we’d be happy to discuss these and any other nuances here at the forums or over the phone (1-800-717-2596).
Taking a look at the Focus Maleta, you shouldn’t have any trouble mounting any of the panniers that we offer to the rear rack that it comes with.
Via Another BikeBagShop.com Email:
I’m trying to decide between 2 similar panniers for both my daily commute (change of clothes, rain jacket, big lunch and snack, an odd object or two) and farmer’s market trips.
I’m currently stuck between the Ortlieb Bike Shopper and Ortlieb’s Pelican shopping pannier.
They seem pretty similar and like they would be able to handle what I want to use them for, but since I can’t look at them in person, I can’t tell if there are features that would make one easier or better to use than the other.
I was wondering if someone could tell me details that aren’t immediately obvious from the product pages. Things like rigidity of the panniers or if there’s anything about one that might make it more annoying to use than the other (more difficult to fill or harder to use the available space). I just want to be able to drop my stuff in, close it quickly, and go!
These two panniers are similar in size, mounting style and that they are both waterproof. Beyond this, there are several important differences affecting usability.
The Bike Shopper is basically a large dry bag with a rigid back plate and a waterproof zipper. The material has some built in rigidity, but it does not have any real structure.
The Pelican on the other hand does have built in rigidity that even allows for it to stand up on its own. It also has a flap closure which is quicker to get into and allows much more access to what is inside. The shoulder strap system is very user friendly as compared to the Shopper which does fine, but tends to flop around a bit in bike mode. I’d say the Pelican is a nicer bag for your uses but at quite a bit higher price as well.
Via another BikeBagShop.com Email:
I am interested in buying either the Ortlieb Downtown Commuter or Office Bag Large Pannier bag and I have two questions.
1. Do both versions come with complete QL3 mounting systems? the downtown mentions it in the features, but the Office doesn’t
2. I’m curious why the Downtown is more expensive since the Office is bigger.
- Both the Ortlieb Downtown and the Plus and Classic versions of the Ortlieb Office Bag Large come with the option of the QL3 mounting system. This is selected at the same time you are selecting your color option.
- The slight price difference I believe may be to the more user-friendly lid closure setup and top handle.
Via another BikeBagShop.com Email:
Hey I have a question about some of panniers bag, cause I went in store too look on a ortlieb office bag and ORTLIEB Back-Roller CITY, and I have to have my Peli 1090 laptop bag in my pannier just in case I crash with my laptop. The bags seems to be to small or shall I say I couldnt close it because the straps where not adjustable to the sides. The dimensions is Dimensions (L)38.1cm X (W)28.7cm x (H)4.9cm for the Peli bag. I just need to be sure if I can put my Peli back in these I written under and it should be easy to put it in?
ORTLIEB Back-Roller CLASSIC: Is the strap adjustable enough and is it too narrow in the button or is fine???
Can you also please tell me if get an insert for the button for making it more open for things?
One more thing when biking with these panniers do I hit them with my backside of my foot?
Having a look at the specs of both of these bags, it looks like your peli bag should fit in either of them, though I think that the Ortlieb Office Bag Large will be an easier fit.
If you decided to go with the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic, the top roll closure does allow for some flexibility in the size of the items that can go inside.
Ortlieb does not make any inserts for propping open this pannier.
Any panniers can potentially have conflict with heel clearance.
Via another BikeBagShop.com Email:I carry a laptop, sometimes a pair of dress shoes and lunch. I have a Blackburn Expedition rack. Can you recommend a couple of briefcase/panniers that will work?
< div>Here is list of the top Briefcase panniers that we carry, all of which shouldn’t have any issue working with your rack.