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The Best Bike Panniers

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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If you use two wheels for transport, we suggest carrying your everyday gear not on your body, but on your bike. The best option for most people is usually a pannier, a bag that attaches to your bike’s rear rack and won’t make your bike hard to steer. After spending three years testing dozens of panniers, we’ve chosen six that’ll be great for daily duty no matter what you’re toting.

Arkel Signature H Urban Pannier, the equivalent of a big, roomy duffle

Arkel Signature H Urban Pannier

The equivalent of a big, roomy duffle
If you’re a commuter who likes to carry all the things, load up this messenger-style bag in the morning and then park it next to your desk for easy access to your stuff throughout the workday.
We recommend
Ortlieb Twin-City Urban, take this instead of a hand bag

Ortlieb Twin-City Urban

Take this instead of a hand bag
This around-town pannier, which you can also carry on your shoulder, provides easy access to your phone and wallet, but it can’t hold much more than a decent-sized purse or sling pack.
We recommend
Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic, to carry big loads in bad weather

Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic

To carry big loads in bad weather
A fully waterproof, seam-welded touring classic made for rain and snow and lots of gear, this pannier (sold in pairs) is nearly indestructible.
We recommend
Banjo Brothers Grocery Pannier, take this instead of a reusable grocery bag

Banjo Brothers Grocery Pannier

Take this instead of a reusable grocery bag
This heavy-duty, fair-weather nylon-covered steel-framed shopper comes with a shoulder strap and carry handles. Despite its low price, it’s sturdier than the other grocery panniers we tested.
We recommend
Arkel Bug Pannier Backpack, for going from class to class or meeting to meeting

Arkel Bug Pannier Backpack

For going from class to class or meeting to meeting
This backpack fits enough gear for an entire day out and even has a place to stow a helmet. If you lock up your bike when you get to work or school but then still have to move around a lot, this bag is for you.
We recommend
Arkel Commuter Urban Pannier, for multi-modal commutes

Arkel Commuter Urban Pannier

For multi-modal commutes
This pannier, which converts to a shoulder bag, provides maximum laptop protection. Plus it has zippered exterior pockets that can hold your wallet, phone, and transit card.
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