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Ortlieb Office Bag 2 Pannier

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Mister Paul, 25 Mar 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
  2. Bollo

    Bollo A Local Milk Person

    Location:
    Winch
    Haven't got one of these but I have got the 'soft' office bag.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDeta...5360028319&N=Ortlieb Office Bag Large Pannier

    I did have a look at the hardcase for commuting with a laptop, but the weight put me off a bit. The softcase is lighter, has a rigid insert and I also use a padded sleeve for the laptop and I've had no problems. The quality is excellent and it looks smart enough to take into meetings without undue comment.

    Unless you're putting the thing in the hold of a plane or you like crashing, I can't see why you'd need the hard case.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Thanks for that.

    What does the soft bag have inside? Is it just two pockets, or does it have extra flaps/pen holders etc?
     
  4. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    I have got the basic Ortleib soft sided office bag, which has been absolutely great. It doesn't look as stylish as the Altura bag, but has been absolutely great to use.

    As I think I previously mentioned you can get an insert for laptops. This has successfully protected mine even though I have had a couple of crashes while carrying the laptop.

    Wiggle doesn't say how much the hard cased version weighs, but it looks as if it could be quite heavy. So personally I'd stick to the soft sided one uneless you really need something that looks like a briefcase.
     
  5. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    The soft bag has some pretty basic slots for pens, etc, and the pockets and pretty minimal too. So all in all internal storeage is not the strongest feature of this bag.
     
  6. Bollo

    Bollo A Local Milk Person

    Location:
    Winch
    Its got plenty of flaps and holders, though I tend to use the ones on the insert.

    Ortlieb's site lists the weight of the hardcase as 3kg!
     
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
  8. Bollo

    Bollo A Local Milk Person

    Location:
    Winch
    That's the chaps! Although I've got no idea what the velcro diagonal bit it for.

    Total weight is a little under 2kgs.
     
  9. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    They must have improved the insert since I got one - mine is just a cut piece of foam.

    3kg is pretty heavy for a bag. One of the things that put me off the Altura briefcase was that it was quite heavy even when empty, and I often have to walk quite a distance with my bag.
     
  10. I've got the same pannier as Bollo, I've found the bag good has plenty of stoarge and is versatile, I've not got an insert though.
     
  11. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Thanks chaps. Once Wiggle do my refund I'll be ordering the Ortlieb I think. I can't find another suitable alternative.
     
  12. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    You could also look at a Carradice Bike Bureau. I saw someone on the train the other day who had one, and it looked like a decent bag. Definitely a bit more modern looking than their traditional panniers and saddle bags.
     
  13. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    So the normal Ortlieb office bag -how do you stop the pannier fixings from rubbing your leg when you're carrying it with the shoulder strap?
     
  14. Bollo

    Bollo A Local Milk Person

    Location:
    Winch
    I quite like the sensation of a rough, hard fixing rubbing itself against my muscular yet sensitive thigh ;)

    -or-

    I've never used the shoulder strap, as you have to remove it before riding to stop it catching in the rear wheel and that's too much pfaff. When I carry it using the two short handles, I just turn the fixings away from me. No problem. I guess you could do the same with the shoulder strap.
     
  15. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I can't see the fixings close up. How easy is it to get on and off the rack?