commuter garment pannier (late follow-up)

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Serpico, Feb 22, 2003.

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  1. Serpico

    Serpico Guest

    Thanks for the review - it convinced me to skip the garment bag and get a normal pannier. Anyway,
    rolling clothes works reasonably well, and I can bring in pressed shirts and leave them at the
    office if need be.
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    I've used the commuter bag. It's okay. I found it long enough to hang a jacket in easily, but a
    little short for my dresses (I'm female, obviously), which I would have to carefully fold up. The
    main clothes compartment is fine, no complaints. The bag has two big pockets on the sides, each of
    which has a smaller flat pocket on top, and then there's a half-circle shaped pocket on the top edge
    (the fold) when it's on your rack. The pockets were marginally big enough for my shoes--fine for
    flats and loafers, a little challenging with running shoes (that's what I rode in at the time). I
    had some problems with one zipper separating sometimes if I carried my U-lock in the pocket. I also
    wish there had been some sort of easy access pocket for keys, because it was kind of a nuisance
    fishing around in the little top pocket for them. At the time I used this pannier, I rode half of my
    commute, changed clothes, and then took the bus, so I had to have a complete change of clothes,
    along with a lock, lunch, and (usually) a book to read on the bus. It fit, but just.

    The attachment system is very secure, though a bit fiddly to get on the bike the first couple of
    times you try it. It consists of D-rings and straps with velcro. You loop the D-ring over the bottom
    extension of your rack, then tighten and secure the strap with the velcro.

    I had two main complaints about the bag. First, the thing was like a sail. The first time I had bad
    winds I almost smashed into a parked car. Second, and perhaps more importantly, I just got sick of
    having to deal with all the pockets and compartments. I decided I didn't care as much as I thought
    about wrinkles and bought Ortliebs. I just roll things up now, and try to buy wrinkle resistant
    clothes (probably easier for a woman than a man). I still have the bag in my closet in case I ever
    really need to wear something nice, or ever get around to taking in my dry cleaning and need to pick
    it up by bike.

    If you posted this question to the touring list, I'm the same person who responded there--sorry for
    the repeat, if that's the case.

    Melinda

    "serpico" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Two Wheel Gear sells a pannier that offers the functionality of a garment bag. Earlier posts had
    > mentioned Eccosport bags, but apparently that company is no longer in business. Has anyone tried
    > the Two Wheel Gear bag? If so, please can you post a review? This is the only company I could find
    > online that offers such a product. TIA
     
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