I am someone whom racks up a good number of commuting miles and I am constantly looking for new and innovative forms of bike luggage. For a rider who has carried everything from a laptop to papers and even a child's hobby horse, the Bikebin is an interesting luggage option.
Outeredge’s small panniers are just right for light loads, club runs and seatpost mounted racks like the ETC with pannier frames. However, while having some nice touches such as rain covers and surprisingly effective mounting kit, they’re not tough enough for regular commuting, let alone touring.
The Dutch know a thing or two about utility cycling and Basil’s Forrest waterproof single pannier is one of the most innovative and stylish I’ve used in a long time.
Made from PU coated nylon, construction seems generally excellent with welded, tapered seams promising to keep the contents bone dry. Organisation is better than I’ve come to expect from bags of this type with a zippered, internal soft case taking care of mobile phones, compact cameras and other valuables.
Carradice are a well-established British company with a long and noble history of supplying luggage hauling apparatus to gnarly tourists and beardy Audax types. On the assumption that these people must also have jobs they make this pannier bag specifically for the office based commuter and it's a high quality bag that should last for many years. It isn't cheap, at £65, but this kind of quality is worth paying for.
The Banjo Brother’s Commuter Back Pack might be just the thing if you don’t like messenger bags, or find panniers inconvenient. A two layer belt and braces waterproof design consisting of a “ballistic” nylon outer designed to resist the day to day rough n’ tumble while a nylon liner catches the contents and avoids the bin liner ritual. The subtle satin black livery looks classy sans bike while reflective striping and obligatory Led tab are nice safety features.
The Dutch know a thing or two about utility cycling and Agu’s 130 could be an ideal no-frills pannier for commuters in a hurry. However, it feels a little quaint and it's pricey considering what else is on offer for this kind of money.