One of the things we enjoy most about our bikes (after riding them, obv) is kitting them out. Over the years, we’ve come across some exceptional panniers that dish up major style and functionality – now, we’re revisiting a few of our faves from previous issues.
A lot of care has gone into The Sight Seeker by Framework Designs. Like all their products, it’s sewn in their Melbourne home studio and stylistically blurs the line between commuting and bikepacking.
The luscious cherry red of these Basil panniers has a retro charm, and they’re practical to boot. This durable waterproof double bag has folding closure and reflection on three sides, meaning riders are sure to stand out for all the right reasons.
Looking for sturdy panniers with a pared-back aesthetic? Tokyo’s Fairweather panniers are handmade from Japanese cotton canvas and feature a waterproof inner together with the ability to be carried as a backpack while maintaining the aesthetic standards to which you’d like to become accustomed.
When it comes to bike bags, Ortlieb certainly knows what it’s doing. The Velocity Design range features striking patterns and uncompromising functionality. This waterproof daypack has a capacity of 24 litres, a removable inner pocket for storing essentials (phone, wallet, emergency chocolate bar) and ergonomic back pad and straps. Ortlieb is never one to miss a trick, so this bag’s velcro flap can be used to attach your bike helmet or an additional rear light. We especially like the Pina Colada design.
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Cathy Parry of Castlemaine’s Industrial Sewing Workshop hand-makes her Commuter Panniers using recycled materials wherever possible. With a stash of vintage canvas for her to work from these are guaranteed to look good on your bike. The latest version is a little roomier than its earlier incarnations and features a new pocket on the front. Pictured here is one made from new old canvas from the 1970s.
Words: Faith Hunter and Georgia Thomas