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Timbuk2 Tandem Panniers - Mediumis rated4.1667out of5by6.
Rated5out of5byFrostbite FallsfromExcellent for commutingI ride about 8 miles into work and this bag allows me to fit all my dress clothes, shoes and rain gear into one pouch and anything else I might need in the other. Not having enough room has never been a problem. It fits great over my rack and the additional shoulder strap allows me to easily remove it to bring into work with me. I've owned a Timbuk2 messenger bag for over 7 years now and it is hardly worn so I knew this would be a great sturdy product.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated2out of5byAnnie RosefromBuying this bag is a mistakeThis bag SEEMS great, and in general it is. But it has one fatal flaw: the attachment clips. These are unstable and fall off easily. And if you lose one, you're out of luck. Thank goodness for REI returns, since Timbuk2 has discontinued the bag and doesn't carry replacement clips. You are bound to lose that little piece of flimsy metal, and then the rest of the well-made, lovely bag is completely useless. Not worth the trouble. Look for another bag!
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated5out of5by6153fromDoes the jobThey do what I need them to do at just the right size. I commute 16 miles one way to work. They hold my clothes and lunch bag without letting in any road dust, dirt or water with room to spare. They could be a little lighter but not really a problem. I have an old Trek bike rack with interlock bag. These fit perfectly sandwiched under the bag and over the top of the rack. I'm not sure they would be real secure just on their own as designed. I've been using them a couple months now and haven't had any problems.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated4out of5byCindy82fromPretty much what I was looking for.I ride my commuter to bike to work, around town and on longer pleasure rides, and needed something that can hold my lunch, a complete change of clothes, and the other bits and pieces (wallet, phone, bike tools, etc.)
This product adequately delivers on in terms of storage capacity, but I do have a few caveats:
-I don't need to wear business dress for work. All clothes fits because I rolled them up and cinch down the inner strap. Depending on what I need for the day, a pair of runners, a towel, and hairdryer can all fit along with my usual work items.
-While all my loose items fit, there's only one large internal pocket/divider (the intended laptop pocked) which means it's a bit of a hassle looking for one specific thing (especially if it's smaller.
-These obviously aren't the biggest panniers available, and unless you're really good at being a minimalist, I won't use this for more than a day trip or something relatively close to home. Definitely a city "lifestyle" sorta thing.
-Have not tested it in tremendous crazy sideways rain yet, but it's not a completely enclosed system so I would definitely drybag my stuff if I know that was going to my weather for the day.
Carrying it with the shoulder strap is not a big deal - fairly comfortable and fully adjustable. Doesn't even look like panniers to the untrained eye, once it's off the bike and on you.
Securing the panniers to the bike: I see some people have had issues with something on the panniers described as "bungee cords with hooks" or some sort of metal-ish hooking system. The set that I got does not have that function at all, no cords or hooks of any kind. The bottom "forward corner" (the corner that is closest to my heels when the panniers are on the rack) have a set of slanted velcro straps on the backside of the bag, which attaches pretty securely to the frame of my rack. I go on and off curbs and bumps at speed without a thought (mountain bike background) and never have I had the velcros come undone (neither the top main ones, or these bottom corner ones), even with loaded/weighted panniers (i.e. a six pack on one side and a bottle of wine on the other side). Also, when attached correctly - the main/long top two straps attached at the end of the rack towards the saddled - heel strike is non-existant (and I did not figure this out for like a month.. my bad)
The panniers are actually constructed "at an angle" which means they angle up and away from your heels (you'll see what I mean if you got them). In conclusion: even though the entire securing system on my set consists of velcro straps I'm supremely confident in how well the bags stay on.
I do recommend this product, as long as you're using it for it's intended purpose (not touring! commuting and day trips only!).
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated5out of5byDanielCfromIncredibly UsefulI have been using this bag for a couple of years for bicycle commuting. The price made me hesitant, but it has been worth it! I love being able to carry whatever I need on my bike, then not look like I have been on a bike tour all day long. I also like how the saddle bag design keeps you from being weighed down to one side when riding.
I carry this bag with me so that I will have tools for flat or bike repair, even when I am not commuting. It is actually pretty light when it is not full.
Although the magnets inside help the bag to look normal/awesome off the bike, it is a little strange when anything metal you put in the bag sticks to the inside of the bag.
Overall, I think this is the best bike commuting purchase that I have made!
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated4out of5byCOFYMANfromCOOL COMPACT PANNIERSThis pannier has plenty of room for the commuter. Add some dry bags for added water protection. My 9"Netbook with soft padded case fits nice and snug in the interior pocket. As stated in other reviews it needs a better side attachment , but using something like Nite Ize Gear Ties is a cool fast "off and on" idea.
Date published: 2012-11-16
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