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    Listen! Show Your Panniers

    Don't know if this was done, so show what panniers you have, and for those thinking about acquiring them, what features/materials are important to you. Seeing as there is a tremendous interest lately in commuting, especially at the local university here, I find that most available panniers of substance and quality are out of the price range of many student commuters. That said, I have family in South America who have a factory where dry goods are manufactured, in one example, military cotton duck bags are one of their contracts. The cost of labor and materials is much cheaper, and having a bag made up of equal quality and materials, such as the Ostrich brand, would cost at the retail level half of the current $145.00 for each pannier.

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    That is what I investigating this week too. I am ready to get the messenger bag containing my netbook and lunch sack off my back, I think it is making my ride less enjoyable.

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    I posted a thread a while ago about some panniers. They retail for $60 each, but, at the time at least, REI had them for $60 for a pair.

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    I got the classic Ortlieb's. They are waterproof, durable, and there is a frame you can get so you can wear it like a backpack off the bike. Not a great shot of the panniers, but it shows size and heel clearance. I got them with my REI dividend and one of their 20% off coupons, so it wasn't so bad


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    Quote Originally Posted by ryball
    I got the classic Ortlieb's. They are waterproof, durable, and there is a frame you can get so you can wear it like a backpack off the bike. Not a great shot of the panniers, but it shows size and heel clearance. I got them with my REI dividend and one of their 20% off coupons, so it wasn't so bad

    Nice set up.

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    Pletscher ESGE double. Had to do some jury rigging to get it to fit. It still rubs the cable a bit, but the mount I made is delrin so it doesn't really impact shifting.


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    Nice commuter ryball.

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    Pannier pics later.

    Quote Originally Posted by TraumaARNP
    Nice commuter ryball.
    That too, but mostly...
    Nice fabrication, Ryball

    EDIT: Hey, wait a minute! Where`s your "till death do us part" mirror?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Pannier pics later.


    That too, but mostly...
    Nice fabrication, Ryball

    EDIT: Hey, wait a minute! Where`s your "till death do us part" mirror?
    Still there, just hard to see(right edge of pic). There is no way I am getting rid of my "till death do us part" mirror. Did I mention I love this mirror?


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    Did I mention I love my Cyo?

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    Those are beautiful!!!

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    I have been drooling over Rivendell's offerings for years, An IGH first, then I'll bite.

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    I'm with Ryball on this

    Having started with the Axiom Cartier pannier, I upgraded to the same bag (and color-hah!) as Ryball about a year ago. As my commuting miles / standards expanded I found a waterproof bag to be more suitable.

    The Ortleib has a nice retention system enabling simple & quick transitioning. It is also more stiff (the backer) than the Axiom I was using. The Axiom folded into the rear tire one day while accelerating across an intersection - not good! Stiffness (and rack design) is a big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Self Motivated
    Having started with the Axiom Cartier pannier, I upgraded to the same bag (and color-hah!) as Ryball about a year ago. As my commuting miles / standards expanded I found a waterproof bag to be more suitable.
    Now if only they would make an orange front bag.

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