June 27, 2010
I've had a chance to test out a new pannier system for my convertible bags, and I want to share my results. I posted about this a while back here. I'll now use a modified hook & bungee system as the standard setup. The bungee unhooks from one side, and easily tucks into a side strap for use as a backpack. It does require an extra couple seconds to convert the bag, but the pannier setup is very secure, and ideal for commuting, touring, whatever.
As an upgrade (for $25), I'm still offering the Ortleib hook setup. The advantage with these is the brilliant spring loaded clip which secures the bag to your rack with no bottom hook needed. I've heard a lot of concern about the wobble factor of this setup (one of the reasons I developed the new system) but it works very well for commuting purposes, and converts very quickly.
October 19, 2023
October 11, 2023
When you order your new bike pannier or convertible backpack pannier you’ll need to select the hook size that best fits your bike’s cargo rack. These hooks—two near the top of the pannier—slot over the horizontal tube(s) of the cargo rack and then a bottom hook on a bungee holds tension for a secure fit.
While it’s a simple system, one of the most common questions we get is: what’s the right hook size for my bike? Click to read more.
September 20, 2023