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Office-type pannier

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Mister Paul, 24 Jul 2007.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Any recommendations.

    So far I've found the Ortlieb (look great but cost a lot) and Altura ones. I'd be interested to hear from anyone with experience of these or others.

  2. derosa

    derosa New Member

    Off the back
    Depends how "office" you want the bag. Have tried the Altura, but ditched it in favour of a Carradice Bike Bureau that I have used on my commute for the last two years.
  3. AcademicX

    AcademicX New Member

    East Yorkshire
    I've just bought the Altura Urban. Only been using it for a week but so far it is very good. I suspect it probably needs a winter of use before I can really pass judgement. Looks good.......
  4. OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Office enough to get A4 documents in flat. It doesn't need a laptop sleeve, and I'mnot bothered what it looks like.
  5. DP

    DP Chasse patate

  6. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    I have used an Altura Urban 17" for the past year, carrying my laptop. It has been entirely waterproof. It mounts on the rack at an angle to allow more heel clearance. For the money I think it is a good option and totally reliable. No sign of any wear as yet (been used 4 days per week on 14 or 20 mile commutes in all weathers).
  7. OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Thanks for that.

    Are the fixings on the back concealed? I had a cheap one once and it was painful when carried by the shoulder strap.
  8. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    There is a flap that zips over the fittings on the back (but I don't usually bother). You can feel the fittings but I can't say that it has ever proven to be a problem, comfort-wise. Of course I am just carrying to and from the bike and around my work place (or the Supermarket) so no long walks, which might then pose an issue.
  9. alicat

    alicat Guru

    I use the Vaude Freiburg which cost about £45 two or three months ago. It looks neat, is big enough to carry a couple of files for work and stays on the bike unlike the normal laptop case and bungee arrangement I was using before. However there is already evidence of some straining round the handle so I couldn't really recommend it.