Top 10 Bike Panniers for Commuter in 2014

best bike panniers for commuter

When you need to carry items on your bike there are a number of ways of doing it.

You can use a rucksack or a messenger bag.

You can fit a basket on to the handlebars.

However, if you want to carry heavy loads the simplest way is to use bike panniers.

These have the advantage that they will not affect the stability of the bike as can happen with a basket that is fitted over the front wheel.

We’ve had a look at some of the top models available, and have included videos where appropriate.

Axiom Lasalle DLX Pannier Set (Black and Grey)

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The set comes with two bright yellow waterproof covers with reflective logo’s that fit snugly over the panniers.

When you get to your destination, instead of two wet and soggy panniers, you simply remove the covers, shake them and let them dry off.

There is also an outside zipper pocket on each bag to hold small items such as mobile phones, a tablet, maps and other bits and pieces.

There is a tie-down hook and bungee system for quick attachment to the rack, and the lower panels are double layer for strength and durability.

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Bag – Pair Yellow – Black 40L

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They also hold a great deal of gear.

The top unclips and it’s easy to pull something out.

Inside there are two small pockets, one of which has a zipper, for holding things like a wallet or mobile phone.

They also clip on the bike rack very easily.

Avenir Excursion Large Panniers

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00165Q4QM” cloaking=”default” height=”156″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511apERJA9L._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Avenir Excursion Large Panniers (1, 700 Cubic Inches total)[/easyazon_image]Between the two of these panniers they comfortably have a total of 1700 cubic inches so will hold a great deal.

They are made of 600 denier nylon, so are durable and have two main compartments for clothes, gear, water bottles and more.

There are six rip-stop exterior pockets which will hold smaller items.

They have plenty of reflective strips for good visibility and also have attachment clips for rear lights.

Banjo Brothers Saddlebag Bicycle Pannier

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They have reflective strips all round for easy visibility.

There are also cinch straps on the top which will hold extra items.

The one piece saddlebag design means that the panniers are easy to put on and take off the rack.

Banjo Brothers Rack Top Bicycle Rack Top Pannier Bag

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B003D4EY5C” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A3JoHWgOL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”129″]Avenir Excursion Large Panniers (1, 700 Cubic Inches total)[/easyazon_image]This has drop-down panniers which expand the available space from 900 cubic inches to 1,300.

It has thick padding to insulate and support the contents.

There are reflective strips for visibility and a web loop which will hold a rear light.

There is also a key clip inside.

The top section will easily hold a 6-pack of tall beer bottles and still have room left over.

Avenir Metro Panniers (1,380 Cubic-Inch Capacity)

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There are also two outside pockets for smaller items and there is a clip to which to attach a rear light, and reflective strips for night visibility.

Made of durable nylon, and there are two wide Velcro straps for attaching to the rack.

Ibera Bike Panniers

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You can remove a bag and use it as a messenger bag with the shoulder strap provided for off-road use.

Each pannier has a rigid back panel that keeps the shape of the bag for easy access to the contents.

There are several exterior compartments to hold small items and there are document holders inside.

M-Wave Double Day Tripper Bicycle Pannier

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There is a central carrying handle at the top between the two bags which between them hold 13 liters.

Reflective strips on each side.

Avenir Metro III Panniers

There are also two external pockets to store cameras, phones and other small items.[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00165Q908″ cloaking=”default” height=”156″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xTOhYLt-L._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Avenir Excursion Large Panniers (1, 700 Cubic Inches total)[/easyazon_image]These have a total capacity of no less than 2,165 cubic inches, comprised of two side pouches and one very large top compartment.

Made of 420 denier nylon, the outside pockets are of rip-stop construction.

Each pannier is designed so that it conveniently accepts a standard grocery bag.

The lightweight aluminum frame folds flat when not in use.

Avenir Excursion Small Panniers

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They are made of 600 denier nylon and have two main compartments which will hold clothing, water bottles, gear and more.

There are also six rip-stop outer nylon pockets which will hold small items such as phones, wallets, keys, and so on.

There are also reflective strips so that you can easily be seen at night and in addition there is a clip on each bag for attaching a rear light.

Bushwhacker Moab Black – Bicycle Rear/Front Pannier

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They are made of 600 denier nylon and have reflective strips for visibility.

The main compartments have zippered pockets and also compression straps for holding items tightly.

The bags can be used either singly, or as a pair.

Ibera Bicycle Quick Clip-on Pannier

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B002T7PSPE” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LqQJyGjBL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Avenir Excursion Large Panniers (1, 700 Cubic Inches total)[/easyazon_image]This is sold as a single unit, but you could obviously buy two.

The quick release system means that you can install or release the pannier from the rack in just three seconds.

There is a hand carry strap for off-road use and the pannier comes supplied with a rain cover for weather protection which stores in its own pocket.

For safety at night there are several reflective strips and there are multiple outside pockets.

The total capacity is 22 liters.

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