A pannier, a pannier, my kingdom for a pannier.

My Tioga Panniers

I brought these Tioga panniers back in May 2012 and have done many miles with them in all sorts of weather and with all sorts of loads.  Going back through my emails I discover that I bought them from the Pushy’s eBay store for $110 (they are cheaper now).

I cannot find the model name for these Tioga panniers but the picture is worth a 1000 words and most sites refer to them as ‘rear panniers’ but I have had them in both positions and they work just as well.

I remember my deciding factor for buying these panniers was that they were waterproof without having to fit a rain-cover on them, for which when you are riding your bike the last thing you want to do is stop and cover your panniers.

Anyhow on to the my article:

For the touring cyclist or commuter who’s looking for 100% waterproof protection, then the Tioga Panniers are good value for money with a combined capacity of 42 litres, plus they are well made and sturdy and built to last.

The Tioga pannier is made with waterproof material with sealed seams and a quick release locking mechanism to enable fast, easy removal and attachment to the bike, but not as good IMHO as the Ortlieb quick release system.  The locking system comes with plastic inserts to help reduce the movement of the bags on racks, although I use 10mm clear plastic tubing on my rack as the plastic inserts have a habit to falling out and then going MIA.

Although I have lost 1/2 of the plastic inserts for the racks and no longer used them.  When the pannier is fitted to an unsuitable rack and you cannot use the bottom clip, while they may flap about a bit when going over bumps these panniers have never fallen off.  Flapping about is not a problem now with the new Tubus rear rack that I have fitted to the bike, it’s like they were made for each other.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The zipped mesh pocket that resides on the other side on the top flap. The rolling top and velcro strap.

The pannier’s top can be rolled over and held in place by a velcro strap and the top weather flap locks down to ensure weatherproofing.  It has 3M reflective panels although why they chose to use black I don’t know, and they have a chunky carry handle which sometimes gets in the way when trying to put the pannier on and off the rack.

The panniers also come with a shoulder strap each and (4) plastic inserts for the rack connections.

I would like to rate them as 10/10, but the weight is a little much for its size, but not enough that I would go out and buy a lighter replacement.
You can’t really get the best of both worlds, it’s either heavy and waterproof or light and water-resistant.  If you are concerned about the weight, then these bags are not for you.
If you want a cheapish (compared to other panniers out there), strong and reliable bag and do not care about the weight, then this bag is for you.

These Tioga panniers can used as a work bag without the bike 🙂 These are good pannier bags and I doubt you would be disappointed.

Features & Specifications

  • Quick release style attachment.
  • Sealed Seams.
  • Hard Back.
  • 1 Main compartment: with mesh top pockets for your essentials.
  • Fold over and velcro strap/buckled closure.
  • Heavy duty Anchor points moulded on to bag to enhance waterproofing.
  • Chunky carry handle.
  • 3M Reflective panels.
  • All mounting hardware included (Philips screwdriver required).
  • Capacity: 42 Litres.
  • Dimensions:  40 x 15 x 36cm (height x depth x width).
  • Weight: 2.25 kg (mine weighed in at 2.084 kg without the straps).
  • SOLD AS A PAIR.
Tioga Pannier
My, what a big mouth you have.
Tioga Pannier and Otlieb pannier
Locking system compared to the Ortlieb QL1 system. The Tioga pannier only goes up and down, the Ortlieb side to side.
Tioga Pannier
The Tioga clip and the Tubus rack, almost made for each other.
Tioga Pannier
Both Tioga panniers fitted but with nothing in them.
Ortlieb review to follow shortly.
PS: In case it isn’t obvious, I don’t get paid for my reviews and I have only review products which I have bought unless otherwise stated.

Hey nice rack

About Pannier Racks

Bicycle racks gives you versatility when riding, it means you can go shopping, commute to work with a change of clothes or your laptop, or go touring overnight or for days.  It’s safer and more comfortable to carry weight on the bike, and not in a backpack which just makes your back get hot and sweaty.

It keeps the centre of gravity low down and means less load on your hands and bum and side wind doesn’t knock you around as much.  A quality rack will support either a rack pack or a set of panniers and your camping gear.

Racks which fit directly onto the frame are best, but there are racks for full suspension models, seat post mounted racks are also very effective.  Disc brakes which were once a problem with racks are no longer a problem, with more and more companies making disc specific bicycle racks, the world is your oyster.

Top Features of the Tubus Cosmo Rack
It will fit either 650 (26″) or 700 (28″) wheel fitting.

According to the manufacturer it weighs in at 730g although my tipped the scales at 803g which included all the accessories.

It can hold a load at 40kg max.

The Cosmo Rack is a stainless steel rear rack: Designed on the principle that the load needs to be carried lower and further back to give maximum heel clearance without compromising stability.

Constructed of tig welded tubular stainless tubing: the result is an attractive and durable rack.

Initial impressions:

Straight out of the box: Well the Cosmo Rack is a solid Tubus Cosmo rack tabspiece of engineering and well-constructed.  Hard to flex the supports legs in to forwards each other.  It’s pretty light in the hand and the colour is not too bad.  The seat stay mounts and the connecting pieces are sturdily constructed.

The Cosmos Rack has a plate welded to the base of the two vertical rack bars which gives extra strength compared to most racks which connect to the bike via a single vertical rack bar which then flattens out with hole for attaching, which is where most racks seem to break.  The plate is welded on all four sides.

You can mount your bags further down and back away Tubus Cosmo Rack stays and connectionsfrom your heel when pedalling.

I didn’t find this rack difficult at all to install, especially after I flipped through the instructions although in fairness I only looked at the pictures as the wording was in German.  It comes with stainless steel fittings and once all the bits are in place this is a rock solid rack, it has excellent weld quality and protection for your rear light.

The mounting system is extremely sturdy (solid aluminium rod connects the rack with the seat stay mounts instead of pressed zinc coated tin which did twist and vibrate on my old rear rack.

Conclusion:

Very tough and lightweight.  When carrying a heavy pannier load you need to know your rack is up to the job. It is on the expensive side, but a cheap rack will soon have you screaming in the middle of nowhere when it breaks.  The Cosmo rack removes at least one worry from your mind when touring.

If you are humming and haring over this rack, it’s well worth the extra money. You won’t regret buying the Cosmo rack as you’ll never need to buy another.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 Rear rack cosmo lowerTubus-Cosmo-Rear-Rack

Upgrade my bicycle #1 & #2

Any earlier stated, I have retrieved my bike from Wayne Kotzur, who added two braze-ons to my forks to allow the fitting of the new Tubus Ergo rack and to continue to upgrade my bicycle.

I was also able to fit my Brooks B17 special saddle as well.

upgrade my bicycle
New saddle fitted.

Let the breaking in of the arse begin!  Now that it’s finally on the bike, I have realised that my existing saddle bag will need a new connector to fit the wider saddle rails of the Brooks, or a new saddle bag that fits a Brooks saddle.  I may have to buy a saddle bag that doesn’t used the plastic connectors and relies on being strapped to the seat rails and seat post.  I have a bias against these types of bags for some reason.

upgrade my bicycle
The complete package done. For now!

I have plans for another rack for the rear and most likely will be another Tubus rack as I consider their build quality bullet proof but on the expensive side.  I suppose you get what you pay for.  Hate to be on the side of a desert highway with a broken rack all for the sake of extra $$ I didn’t want to spend.

I thought I was all done with homework and researching when I finished school.  Thank goodness for the evil interweb, let the drooling continue as I upgrade my bicycle.

upgrade my bicycle
The new rack.

 

Bike Upgrade #1 Tubus Ergo Rack

Dropped my bike off today with Wayne Kotzur, (a Canberra Gundaroo based bike builder of some fame) although he works out at Gundaroo NSW.  Wayne is adding two braze-ons to my front forks to accommodate my new Tubus Ergo rack.  Click on the link for Wayne’s contact details, a nice bloke to have a chat with and very helpful.

tubus ergo lowrider
Tubus Ergo Lowrider Front Rack
tubus ergo lowrider
Tubus ergo fitted to the new braze ons.

Updated 02 Aug 13: I have picked up my bike from Wayne who has added the braze-ons to my forks.

Updated 20 Oct 13: I have know had the bike back for several months and have used the rack  for holding my panniers when commuting to work and back.  I have added 10mm clear tubing over the horizontal bars to accommodate the panniers as I have lost the plastic inserts you get with the bags.  The tubing help takes out the slack of the missing inserts so the bags don’t move about as much.