I don’t drive very much, even if the weather isn’t ideal, so having a waterproof pannier is pretty critical in Colorado from Thanksgiving until April. In this article (or video above), I’m going to be reviewing my favorite waterproof pannier for the bike rack on the rear of my bike, the Banjo Brothers Waterproof Pannier.
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Here in Colorado our rain or snow is pretty unexpected so I try to have a waterproof pannier on my bike most of the time because I ride no matter what. For the last 5 or 6 years I’ve been using a Banjo Brother’s Waterproof Bike Pannier, sometimes two of them. These replaced my Ortlieb panniers because with the Ortliebs I was just too darn worried about keeping them on the bike as I prefer to most days.
Banjo Brothers Waterproof Pannier Key Features
- MSRP $55 - these bags are a great value
- Roll-top design that does stand open for when I pack too much stuff
- Replaceable waterproof liner
- 360º of reflective piping
- Handle and shoulder strap for when I do want to take it off the bike
- Loops for back blinky lights so that when you take the bags off your bike, the lights go with you.
The hooks for these bikes are pretty straight forward. They don’t fit oversized cargo bike tubing well, but they do fit my oversized Urban Arrow rack fine by opening up the mouth.
On the back, there are stretchy ropes to allow you to tighten the lower hook if your bag is swinging too much away from the bike.
The only thing confusing on these bikes is the lower hooks on the back of the bag. If your bike rack doesn’t have a tab like the ones found on my Urban Arrow you need to add a hook to your bag or rack. I personally prefer to add the hook to my bike so it is easy to grab the bag, but each bag comes with 2, play around with your setup. Reference the video above for specific details
If you are looking for a no-nonsense affordable bike pannier that is waterproof and a good volume for anything from groceries, daily life, or your next bike tour - check out the Banjo Brothers waterproof panniers.
If you are looking for other bike bag options, make sure to hit subscribe on YouTube as I have a handful of bags that I use often that I’ll be reviewing in the upcoming weeks!
Let me know what bags you use, or what you are looking for in the comments below!