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bike luggage

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by mmace, 29 May 2008.

  1. mmace

    mmace Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Leeds, UK
    I'm fed up of having a rucksack on my back for my cycling to work, it makes my fingers tingle and my back sweaty

    I have an Apollo CX.10s (it's all I could afford at the time!) hybrid bike 21" frame.

    What can I buy for this?
    can I just buy a bag like this: http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...3993_crumb_33980-31270_parentcategoryrn_33993
    or do I need something like this as well?: http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...3993_crumb_33980-31270_parentcategoryrn_33993

    I'm only using these as an example, doesn't mean I'll buy these ones from there (am open to suggestions, it's pay day tomorrow!)

    just never used/bought anything like this so need advise!

    thanks
     
  2. You'll need a rack to mount the panniers, if your bike has eyelets you'll be able to fit a rack like shown. For panniers I find Ortlieb are reccomended by most folk, its what I've got and I'd agree they were right.
     
  3. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    Hi mmace,
    You will need a rack to go with your pannier. As HLab says, the Ortileb panniers seem pretty well-respected, although you do pay for quality.

    I have a pair of Altura panniers and although they are pretty good I do wish they were a bit better suited to carrying when off the bike. They have a shoulder strap but the clips can dig into your back when you carry them that way.

    I would suggest working out how much you want to carry and in what situations (i.e. do you want to be able to easily carry your pannier around off the bike, do you need them to keep out the rain for hours at a time etc...) and then have a look at what your local bike shop has got.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I like Tortec racks. Try Wiggle or Chain Reaction Cycles online.

    I've been through a few panniers. My best cheap one was a Topeak, but I don't think you can get them any more. I now use Ortlieb. They're expensive, but teh best IMO.
     
  5. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

  6. k-dog

    k-dog New Member

    Came across these recently which appeal to me too. Would depend on what sort of stuff you were trying to carry though.

    http://www.carouseldesignworks.com/CDWpage1.html

    He seems to be able to do pretty well anything and it looks like a decent way to carry weight.

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  7. Get a bike box, some pipe clading the thickst you can fined and some bobble rap It will be fine
     
  8. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Also look at motor bike bags (someone here told me this) as they are bigger and can carry more. They are also (usually) rain proof at the legal speed limit though can be heavier.

    I have several sets for different loads from my Harley riding days.
     
  9. dodgy

    dodgy Veteran

    Location:
    Wirral
    I'm waiting for boj to give us the real low-down on bike luggage, you guys don't know anything.

    Dave.
     
  10. sadjack

    sadjack Senior Member

    I like Carradice Super C's. Expensive but rugged. Its all down to how many pennies are available, but I do like to get to work with my stuff intact and dry.
     
  11. threefingerjoe

    threefingerjoe Über Member

    Location:
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Yeah...I'm kinda waiting to hear something like, "Best bag is NONE! They look numpty, and lower your center of gravity, and the weight can shift, and worst of all, they keep the spray from the wheels from saturating your arse!" ;-)
     
  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Aye, a rack and panniers are defiantly the way to go, but go to a real bike shop and not Halfrauds... try the LBS Recommendations for one in your area...