Easy to use Pannier/Backpack combo. Converts from pannier to backpack in seconds.
|- Helmet Holder Flap
- U-Lock Storage
- Sealed Weatherproof Zippers
|- Quick Access Pockets
- Full Access Main Compartment
- Side Mesh Pockets
|- Cam-Lock Mounting System
- Lifetime Warranty
|- 1000 Denier Cordura Fabric
- Reflective Logos On All Sides
|- Padded Laptop Pouch
- Rain Cover
22 customer reviews
Worth every penny. Quality is superior. Getting it on and off bike is incredibly quick easy. Conversion to backpack is no big deal. Helmet carrier can be repurposed in all kinds of creative ways. All materials and zippers are super super solid.
PERFECT PANNIER FOR "MULTI-MODAL" BIKE+BUS COMMUTING!
This is the perfect pannier for "Multi-Modal" Bike+Bus Commuting. When you do a "multi-modal" bike+bus commute, it's so wonderful to have such a flexible, well designed, well organized, and well built bag to quickly switch between "bike commuter" and "bus/public-transit commuter" modes. Of course, when you are cycling it is so wonderful to have your stuff in a pannier rather than in a hot, sweaty backpack. But when it is time to load your bike into a bus bike rack, you need both hands free, so having a pannier that quickly changes into a backpack, and which also has well designed pockets for all your bike commuting gear is wonderful!!! Of course, when you are making the switch between the two commuting modes, you need to quickly have a good place to transfer your helmet, water bottles, gloves, & other items to your back pack, and also quickly find & get your bus pass out of your pannier, so you don't take too long to load your bike into the bus bike rack and get on the bus. This extremely well designed bag is perfect for making that transition between the two commuting modes quick and easy. I've been using mine for 3 years of bike (6 miles each way) + bus (11 miles) commuting now, and absolutely love it. It is the perfect pannier/backpack for "multi-modal" commutes!
You won't get a better commuting bag
Had this bag for 2 years now and my wife has had it for 4 years. We both commuter daily and have used it from -30 and blizzard to 100+ and sun, and all that in between. This is the perfect commuting bag from school to work. It is durable andt\ waterproof. I have tested it and haven't had a leak on my 5 mile one way commute, but I'm sure you die hard may want a shell. The bag can't be beat and although it could use a laptop sleeve or pen holders in the front pockets. The complaints a nothing and no other bag even compares. If your looking for a sweet bag look no further.
A best fit solution
Bought this bag four years ago after commuting around town with a regular pannier. I needed a more flexible solution that could be a laptop bag, pannier, and backpack allowing me to hit a coffee shop or grocery store on my way into the office.
* Build quality
* Speed of transition between backpack to pannier
* Lifetime warranty
* Waterproof (I haven't had it leak and I don't have the rain cover)
* Pairs well with my Axiom rack
* Helmet pouch is best suited for a road helmet and even that can be awkward when wandering through the aisles of a store
I've had my Bug for 8 years now, having bought it back in 2008. 8 years and 1000's of km later and it's still going strong! I have over-stuffed it with groceries, shopping, and all manner of things with barely any issues. Have a look at what's on offer from the competition and you'll see that the Bug is the best design going for on-and-off the bike urban riding. The critical parts of the bag such as the zips and seams have held up exceptionally well. The only failure I've had has been a broken spring in one of the camlock mechanisms. This is understandable as it's a mechanical moving part and moving parts have a lifespan. The good news is that I was able to order a set of replacement camlocks from Arkel for a fraction of the cost of a new bag. They only took a few minutes to install and my Bug is now back on the road, hopefully for many more years of service.
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