Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Yeah,spoke with a colleague and he also suggested me getting the Topeak bag and to make sure i get the rack with the clip. Since I dont bring laptop,the weight issue should be less. Now im looking for places in WA to have a look
And me, if it's not raining. I use it on my commuter's rear rack and even occasionally with the Topeak product attaching to my roadie's carbon-faced seatpost.
Yeah, I've got the QR Beam Rack and the MTX bag works fine with it. Don't put it on a CF seat post...
OK... I'm going to answer some questions, then I'm going to hijack this thread
First thing to note: They come in models DX and DXP, as well as EX and EXP - where 'P' is for panniers. (there's also an RX).
Unfortunately, if you go to Wiggle, they don't have the biggest bags - though Chain Reaction do. If you're buying a rack and bag, like with most things, it's much, much cheaper to buy from o/s.
For me personally, I've been looking at Topeak bags exclusively because I want their quick release clamp rack. I don't want a rack ruining my street cred on weekends
These are widely available.
For smaller commutes or for carbon racks - go to Wiggle, but beware. The reviews are littered with comments about these bags being much smaller than the picture indicates.
Rack -http://www.wiggle.co.uk/topeak-qr-beam-rack-rx-carbon/ - this is the only carbon specific rack I've seen.
Bag - http://www.wiggle.co.uk/topeak-rx-trunk-bag-ex-without-panniers/
For 'medium' commuting - ie, maybe a change of clothes:
Rack - http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-BeamRack-Bicycle-Rack-Type/dp/B000FICAKU/ref=sr_1_23?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1357779770&sr=1-23&keywords=topeak+mtx+trunk+bag (these come in different types depending on the size of your ride)
Bag - http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Trunk-Bicycle-Molded-Panels/dp/B000ZKATYW/ref=sr_1_4?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1357779770&sr=1-4&keywords=topeak+mtx+trunk+bag
Or if you want to carry a bit more
Rack - http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-TOPEAK-RX-Beam-Rack/dp/B000BR0UI4/ref=sr_1_13?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1357780007&sr=1-13&keywords=topeak+beam+rack (note the side panels, which allow for the DXP or EXP topeak bags - the 'P' on the end stands for 'Pannier)
Bag - http://www.bicyclestore.com.au/topeak-mtx-trunkbag-dxp-tt9635b.html (a whopping 22 litres capacity)
Although don't go making any orders based on what I've said - I've only spoken to Wiggle about this, and given they don't carry the biggest models, they weren't able to give me much help. If you're going to order any of these combos, I'd find a place that's happy to help out and let you know whether your bag and rack fit together.
Now, in researching this, I found something that I wasn't looking for, and I was wondering if anyone had seen them in the bike shop to be able to comment on size.
It's certainly a cheaper alternative. It doesnt look quite as simple as the previous examples in terms of taking it on and off, but it definitely has advantages.
It's kind of a case that connects straight to your seatpost, so you dont even need to worry about the rack.
http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-DynaPack-B ... B000ZKCL3O
I hope this helps people - I also hope it results in someone commenting on the direct fitting one.
Interesting looking at your links, last time I checked Topeak were region protective and you couldn't order off international sites...
One more thing to point out - you are showing RX beam racks and MTX bags - these won't work together, you need an MTX rack to suit the MTX bags.
Anyway, never seen the Dynapack but it looks neat
http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/Dyn ... _raincover
Pics show it fits a helmet (but nothing bigger). Weight capacity is also limited (4.5kg). So it would probably fit lunch and a change of clothes, but no shoes or laptop.
You need to permanently mount a small bracket on your seat post.
A downside I can see: it would block a seatpost mounted rear light. You can clip a light on the back of the bag, but without a rigid bracket mount you can't aim it accurately, which is important if you have one of the typical focussed-beam blinkies. You won't have a rack to mount a rack-mount light on either.
For carrying more, and wanting a removable rack, I'd say get the MTX DXP bag and a beam rack and the the optional side frames
this give you 22 litres and 9kg capacity
Yeah, I ordered all my Topeak stuff from Amazon just fine last year, way cheaper than anywhere else I could find online. Explorer Disc rack and the MTX DX bag, couldn't be happier. Fits everything I need without even having to expand the top. Clothes, breakfast, lunch, wallet, keys, phone in the main compartment, windbreaker in one side compartment and beanie, gloves, bag rain cover in the other compartment.
Kicking myself for not switching to the MTX setup sooner, so much more comfortable than a backpack, and I even had a pretty decent backpack with airflow pads and a slim profile.
+1 from me too. I use mine every day, plenty of storage for keys/lunch/wallet etc in the main section and the panniers are great for those days when you need to carry a bit extra. Like all Topeak gear, it's built to a pretty high standard and lasts well. I've been using mine daily for about two years now, hardly shows a mark on it.
The bag comes with a clip-on shoulder strap too, handy if you're locking the bike up and you want to take the bag with you.
Hey thought I'd jump in
Just starting commuting, not a long ride but I'm suffering from back-sweat! Need a pannier bag. Something that will at least take an ipad, a few A4 documents, maybe a lunch...
There just doesn't seem to be anything small-ish on the market, although I have found something called a Racktime SideOne in this catalogue:
Although it doesn't seem to be on the market yet. Anyone know of anything similar? Just after a slimline pannier bag, ideally that you can quick-release and take straight into the office, without it being a suitcase!
BrownBike, a front pannier (put on the back rack) might suit you for that purpose. Ortlieb make those too, if you really want waterproof (I'm thinking of your iPad, etc here).
You take it off simply by pulling upward on the clips cable. You also have the option of attaching its strap.
Oooh found this http://www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/bags/journey-series/rackbook-pro/ Looks like ti might fit the bill.
You need a Deuter backpack for your needs, http://ukmambo.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/ ... p-air.html
I own one and find the airflow over the back is still restricted enough to be too uncomfortable on a warm day. But lots of people do use them, and it's no biggie in the winter, obviously.
Its as good as a backpack gets, unless one wants to look like a postman from India
My seat post is carbon, the bike frame is carbon too. In that case where should I attach the rack?
For that product, it has to be the seat post, Yonas.
Mine's alloy with carbon facing. You may have to rethink your plan.
I'm another fan of the Topeak Bag with the drop panniers that Matty and some of the others use. In the top section I usually store the toiletries and towel, phone, keys. I use the divider to section off part where I keep tube, Co2, multitool and bike lock. In one pannier I keep my work stuff, folders, notepads etc. On the other side I take my clothes. Rear bike light clipped on the back. Love the ease at which I can take the lot off when I get to work and carry upstairs. You can fit heaps if you pack carefully between the two sides and the top. I also have the raincover specifically made for this bag but haven't had to use it yet so not sure how waterproof it really is.
Oh lastly, forgot to mention on hot days how much I enjoy not having to carry anything on my back
I don't have the raincover, but I have used the bag many times in torrential rain with no real problems. The main section has never let water in; the pannier bags did once when I left the two zips at the top which left a gap for the rain to get in Since that incident I've always packed water sensitive itmes in plastic bags if it's raining, as a precaution, but it's not been an issue again.
I'm gunna just hijack this thread a bit...
My aim all along with getting my bike was to be able to beat the traffic and ride to work. As of this week, I can comfortably do the ride to work (the ride home is a lot tougher, but thats ok). But I was only able to do it by driving some days and leaving clothes and my laptop at work.
I had been planning on a Topeak set up to be able to ride every day - I was looking at the DX Bag (without panniers) and the QR beam rack. But with a rain cover, that set up is every bit of $250 at my LBS. I can get it for about $180 online, and while I've checked out the size of the bag at the LBS, I'm still not 100% confident in the size and don't really want to mess around with having to return it if it isn't big enough. And there's a couple of other reasons that I've gone off the Topeak set up a bit:
- I've had to start taking my laptop to work (although this is hopefully only a short term thing.)
- One of my mates is looking for a pannier rack that he'll give me if he can find it.
- I had wanted the QR rack so I could take it off on weekend rides, but the bags that go on the QR rack won't fit a laptop - and I started to care a lot less about having to leave a pannier rack on the bike for weekend rides. (If I get a Topeak bag with ability to hold panniers, I cant use the quick release one anyway)
I'm not ruling out the Topeak set up, especially if work gets their act together in the next week so I can stop taking my laptop.
But what I'm really asking is, if my friend can find the pannier rack to give me, what's a good, cheap bag to get? All I'll be carrying is a pair of pants, boxer shorts, shirt, swimming cap and goggles, and swimming shorts - and maybe my laptop some days.
I prefer the trunk bag, but I suspect I'm going to be much better off with panniers given the occasional need to carry a laptop.
To throw a spanner and see where it lands...
My commute is 48km round trip which I have been doing most days (> 200 days a year) for ~4.5 years.
I used to commute on a Giant OCR2 (which could take a standard rack - ali frame) with a rack and pannier(s) (normally just one). Downsides were:
- a lot of weight mostly on the rear wheel which may have been the cause for an unusual amount of broken spokes (which stopped when I stopped using the rack/panniers - road wheels + panniers would anecdotally seem not to be an optimum combination)
- Panniers are also a bit of a pain if you do a quick shop on the way home as you have to carry them along with a shopping basket, sure you can have a shoulder strap, but they are not comfortable, you have to carry the strap somewhere and it is generally more hassle.
- Every bike in your fleet that you ride to work on needs a rack, and if you do you want a rack on a bike you use for road riding, MTBing etc...?
Anyway, I swapped to a messenger bag because a knog waterproof one was only $40 delivered from wiggle which was the cheapest waterproof bag full stop. I liked the messenger bag so much that when it started tearing and I gave up trying to repair it, I bought a more expensive Chrome messenger bag - note that you can claim this on your tax return as a briefcase if you use it to take stuff to and from your place of work (according to my accountant anyway - be responsible seek your own advice). Probably can do this with a pannier too.
The advantage to this is that I have multiple bikes which are all used for various reasons and I do not want a rack on all of them. So, if for whatever reason I need to ride one of my roadies to work instead of my usual CX it makes no difference whatsoever and I do not need a rack on either of my roadies, I just put on the bag and go.
Even if we go shopping and I ride the ute (a ladies specialized expedition with front child seat and rear basket), I'll still take the messenger bag because I can carry more stuff that way - even if it just a basket filling big box of weetbix or something.
Sweaty back...? Meh. Harden up princess. Real men are meant to sweat . My shoulders hurt... sigh .
EDIT: Oh, and for parents with babies and/or toddlers the Chrome Citizen 26L is the perfect size for the Aldi nappies (~50 pack or whatever) which has proven very handy at times .
"My bicycle masters boardwalk and quagmire with aplomb. Those that doubt me... suck THUMB by choice."
I am stumped when passing riders on my work commute who seems to have many kgs hanging off their back or in panniers. Crazy stuff.
Sweating away up any slight incline - people life is short please ride fast.
Once a week sock/underwear run with musette, and once or twice a week loaf of bread still warm frombakery enroute.
Otherwise you are mising out on doing extra kms, group rides and the like on the way in to work!
Keep work stuff at work, if you must work from home, which you should not ever do - then remote in using home computer.
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