Rated 3 out of
Yaya San Francisco Commuter
Needs Better Pockets
I am writing this review in hopes that Timbuk2 will develop better panniers. This is my first Timbuk2 bag. I bought it because it has two exterior pockets and the color is bright, which makes me more visible while riding my bike. The latter equally is important to me. This bag is pretty large and generally allows me to fit work or gym clothes, shoes, extra jackets, lunch containers and some groceries. These are the things I carry everyday. The bag would be so much better if it had more pockets for better organization. It could use some interior slip pockets and the large exterior pocket needs to be able to expand or to be more boxy in order to fit more things. When the large bag is full, it presses against the exterior pocket and makes it very difficult to get things in and out of it. Same goes for the side pocket. I can barely slide my iphone 6 in and out of it (especially when the bag is packed), much less a traditional water bottle. It would also be great if it had an additional exterior smaller pocket for smaller items like a cosmetic bag, notebook, protein bars and some kind of sleeve or straps for a helmet attachment, and a key attachment, too. When I'm on the bike, I need quick access to my Ulock in a exterior pocket or strap designed just for that. When I'm off the bike I need to easily store my helmet and have a quick stash pockets for lights/horns that I have to remove from the bike everytime I park, lest they be stolen. I also need fast access to my wallet via an exterior slip pocket. I'm so tired of digging through a giant hole of a bag for these things. At least the liner is red and not black. Red provides better visibility. There is so much room for improvement in the pannier world. I wish that they could take traditional backpacks, with all their awesome front and side pockets and organizational features and just put a good pannier bike attachment on the back of it. At the very least. I can't wait to buy that bag. PLEASE MAKE IT!
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 4 out of
Nice rugged pannier, bright and safe!
This bag will do most everything I need, except provide a safe spot for my laptop. This is because the bolts from the hardware stick out inside the bag right against the flat part. I've added padding and a sleeve to my laptop and it should work OK. Otherwise, this bag is really good!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of
Well, this is a closeout, so it won't help anyone buying, but might inform the next design. They are a nicely constructed fabric, and a nice, simple design. I like the reflective paint - anything to make me more visible. I am 6'-2", size 12 shoes, so I need to position the pannier far back on the rack. The rack attachment has reasonably good customization. The adjustment doesn't quite push it back far enough, my heel will still brush the bag in some positions. Older panniers have a strange spring or elastic attachment to the bottom of the rack, and these bags have a nifty rigid attachment that holds the bottom of the pannier to the rack so they don't sway out. The lock to the rack on the top is okay. The rear lock doesn't work because my particular rack has a double tube there. So far it hasn't popped off. i'd like some more width to the bag. The length is fine, the height is great, but i'd like to have more than 5". 7" would be great. I live in Brooklyn. I would like would be some way of locking the bags to the bike. Right now, and with my last set of bags, I loop a cable lock through the rack and the handles, and up to the seat to keep these from being stolen. These straps are not very secure and a quick slice and the bags will be gone. There isn't a good place to put zip ties. In general, some any way to inhibit or slow down theft would be good. I schlep a lot of stuff on the bike, and don't like to have to mount and demount them all the time (though these do this pretty conveniently.
Date published: 2018-12-16