|Put some SPRING in your commute with these Freemonster Flap Poppy Panniers from Detours|
A set of new bicycle panniers can lift your spirits and do wonders for your bicycle ride or commute. Along with picking out some fresh transitional pieces as shown in the Fashions for Bicycling & Walking Video, your bicycle can also make a statement. Not only that, bright high viz colors are a good idea for those of us who routinely ride in traffic. Be stylish but be seen! Here are a few bright ideas you might want to try on your bicycle this spring.
Detours Freemonster Flap Panniers
They will definitely see you coming with these day-glow orange panniers (with artist poppies no less), but the details will reveal this bag was designed by someone who actually bike-commutes.
The Freemonster Flap Panniers have a soft construction with a magnetic clasp. I especially like the roominess of these. The interior has a mesh pouch and a protective pocket for your iPad. What I really like is how the built in rain covers magically appear out of a bottom zippered compartment. Genius! These easily clip off your rack and transform into a serious shopping/tote bag, replete with carry strap. They are somewhat tapered at the bottom so I haven't had a problem with kicking during my ride. I think the best part is the smiles people give you when you're riding around town with these.
|Add the shoulder strap and your tote is ready.|
Basil Elements Fashion Shoulder Bag
|Basil's Elements Fashion Shoulder Bag's hidden rack clips.|
This sort of clip on the rack and ride situation is fantastic for bicycle commuters who wish to remain incognito about their transportation choices.
The Elements Fashion Shoulder Bag IS a completely appointed handbag. Yet it's rack riding capacity's secret is safe with you thanks to a zippered compartment that hides the hardware. The hanging feature of both the Detours and Basil Bags makes them my top choices for bicycle commutes in suburban and especially urban areas.
|Basil NL Elements Fashion Shoulder Bag with hanging rack clips!|
Some of us like to carry our things up front in a basket or bag. In New York City, I often see other women with their handbag in a huge front wire basket. I can't help but think, "Man that's a LOT of weight up front!" With so much pressure over your front wheel, steering can get a bit squirrely. You can have your cake and eat it too with these new front bags that double as shoulder bags.
Basil Forrest Front Bag
I like this bag because it is so well made and easy to detach thanks to Basil's revolutionary clasp system. It is actually built like a vinyl covered basket, (you can see the frame inside) but is lighter than most standard wire baskets.
However, unlike a metal basket, you don't have to worry about this one rusting out or exposing your cargo to the elements. The Forrest Front Bag is completely water-proof with a removable clear shield on top for your route map. The top secures with two snaps and there is a little zippered pouch inside to separate your keys, money and cell. It comes with a strap the clips on quickly. Max weight for this front bag is 5 kgs or about 11 lbs.
Detours Sodo Front Bag
The Sodo Front Bag is very well constructed and you have to love the distinguished herring bone pattern. This bag has a secure iPhone / iPod cover which can also be used to hold maps. It has a quick release plaque up front and a carry strap to take it with you off the bicycle.
The fabric and styling on this front bag makes it look more like a shoulder bag off the bicycle. In fact I think it would be perfect for students traveling to high school or commuting on a college campus. Lots of room, well appointed and easy to snap on and off the bicycle. This is really what you want! Nothing is worse than standing there struggling with your panniers or front bag when you need to be somewhere...quick. I've ridden with these all of these bags and found them to be tight, secure and simple to remove. Any one of them will be a welcome addition to your next bicycle commute or ride.
|Detour's Sodo Front Bag doubling as a shoulder bag.|