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Briefcase for paniers

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by djc45, 7 Jun 2008.

  1. djc45

    djc45 New Member

    Location:
    Troon, Scotland
    Hi,
    I am planning to get back into cycling, which I used to do loads, but since I was unwell, have not been able to do so. I am planning to start cycling to work.
    I will train over the summer holidays, planning to start cycling to work in August when the schools go back, I am a teacher by the way.

    My question is, can any of you recommend a briefcase kind of panier case that can clip on and off a rack easily. This would give me a briefcase, or 2, to carry around at work, that would simply clip back onto my rack to travel home. I have seen one or 2 that are about the £100 mark, are there any cheaper that any of you have found.

    Finally, is there such a thing as a fiberglass locking box that I can fit to the top of a pan ier rack, you know like a motorbike has, so that I can keep things safely locked in it and always with my bike, I`m thinking tools, extra shopping etc.

    Any ideas anyone could suggest would be really appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Check out Ortlieb, I use their office bag and found it really good. When I was looking most people advised Ortlieb, now I know why.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    +1 for the Ortlieb.

    I'd tried a few cheap ones in the past, and after sending back my second Altura Office pannier, decided to pay the extra and get the Ortlieb. I'm so glad I did. It's easy to clip on and off, completely waterproof but simple to get into, and has plenty of pockets and bits inside. And it comes in two widths.

    http://www.ortlieb.com/_prod.php?lang=en&produkt=officebag
     
  4. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    +2 for the Ortlieb briefcase.

    I have occasionally seen people with fibreglass boxes on their rear racks, but they mostly look home made or adapted from scooter boxes.

    If you are really worried about security, I would personally go for an easily removable bag for your tools or shopping. Having said that I regularly leave things in panniers when I park my bike and no one has ever nicked anything. I appreciate that York is safer than some parts of the country, but I don't suppose you'll have that many problems in Troon.
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
  6. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Slightly different approach, but this allows you to strap a regular briefcase to your bike.