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The perfect pannier bags
on 5 June 2011
I can't say enough about how pleased I am with these double panniers. I've been using them for a while now to carry home heavy shopping, and they are so spacious that you can do a week's shopping (for one person) with ease. They look really stylish, because of the heavy card inserts keeping them in shape, and another thing I love about them is that they attach to your rack with easy clips that clip or release in seconds with by squeezing the sides of the clip. Same clips for the lids that close over the bags. Of course, the bags are not "lockable" in any way, so I wouldn't leave valuables in them while the bike is unattended, but if you need something simply for transportation of quite a lot of "stuff" of any description, these panniers are cavernous.
The carrying handle is also useful for taking it right into the shop with you, to bag your groceries directly into if you want. I bought a great rack too (see my other review) and these panniers fit it perfectly and have made my life so much easier. With huge capacity yet also a neat, stylish shape and easy clip-release, they're a great product.
About inserting the stiff cards that hold the bags in shape, I had no problem at all with mine -- the knack is that you just have to edge them in with small movements at both edges equally, like squeezing a greetings card into an envelope that is slightly too snug for it, but they have to be like that so that the shape-holding is adequate and not sloppy. Once they're in, you have a really firm pannier that stays wide open for ease of putting your things in.
I highly recommend these, a total bargain price for what is a really quality product that looks good as well as holding a large amount of stuff.