Finally a decision
Boy, if I agonized over every decision like this one, I would never accomplish anything!
Notice the new pannier on my bike? Well, it took me weeks, but I finally decided on a replacement for my cheap Nashbar panniers. Those things served me well, but the one for the right side basically hit the end of it’s life last spring. I cobbled it back together with duct tape, but by mid-summer, the writing was on the wall, so I switched over to the left one.
After all the time I’ve spent commuting with just a right pannier, it drove me crazy on the left side. It seemed like every time I turned around, I was running into it as I moved the bike around. I tried moving it to the right side, but that didn’t work either because of the way it was designed. I kept hitting it with my foot and for some reason it kept wanting to bounce off.
The problem was, I couldn’t decide what to replace them with. I agonized over the decision and waffled back and forth between the Ortleib BackRoller City panniers and any number of other options. The Ortleib’s were my first choice, but I couldn’t make myself pull the trigger. I liked the fact that they are waterproof since the Nashbar’s were anything but water tight. I liked that they are bigger than the Nashbar’s without being a huge pannier capable of crossing the continent. I really like Ortleib’s QL1 mounting system. Those things just slip on and off with no fuss and are secure when riding.
What I was unsure about was the lack of an outside pocket. They’re basically just a big bag. Ortleib sells an accessary side pocket separately for about $28 plus shipping, but after shelling out the price for the panniers, I felt like the accessary side pocket was just a way to get more cash out of me. But, I could find reasons to reject any other pannier option I considered, so I finally decided to get the BackRoller City but I didn’t buy the accessary side pocket. The jury is still out about that decision. I may go ahead and do it at some point.
In the mean time, my first experiences with the Ortlieb’s have me thinking, “Gee, why did I wait so long to get these?”.
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