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Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
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Bicycle touring lights

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Ortlieb Bicycle Touring Panniers sold in the USA and Canada. The Best Waterproof Bicycle Touring Panniers and Bags see also  Front and Rear Bike Touring Racks

Shop and Compare Ortlieb at REI

Ortlieb at CycloCamping

Bike Pannier Bags that have Superior Performance

Only one brand of bags has exceeded my needs and performed beyond my expectations: Ortlieb Bicycle Panniers.  I am much harder on equipment than a smaller person.  I'm a big guy and a little clumsy.  Usually my equipment gets beat up quickly.  My Ortlieb panniers were the only set of bags that did not fail at some point.  I am still using them years later and believe that they may last for many more years to come.

It not surprising that these bags are made in Germany.  The Germans are at the forefront of international travel and the bicycle touring equipment industry.  It must be a very popular sport among its citizens.  More than half of all the international traveling cyclists I meet are from Germany.  Below are the bags that I own, use, and depend on for the remainder of my tour, which includes some of the more rugged places on earth.

Cycle touring panniers are some of the most important pieces of gear you can own.  These saddle bags need to remain securely on the bike while keeping gear safe and dry on the roughest of roads and in the most extreme weather conditions.  If a pannier fails, it endangers all of the contents in the bag and can even cause a dangerous crash.  In addition to camping gear and clothing, I also have electronic equipment to keep up my website.  This high tech gear includes a notebook computer and a digital video and still camera.  This fragile gear requires exceptional performance from my panniers to keep it dry and off the pavement. 

During my first two years of this trip I used three different brands of bicycle panniers: a Cordura cloth brand, DeTour (formally Vaude) and Ortlieb.  They seemed like top of the line bike panniers and were all well recognized in the professional international bicycle touring circles.  At first, all three brands of bicycle touring bags looked to be of equal quality and clever design but time, sun, dust, rain, accidental drops, and tragic crashes exposed the differences in the bags and produced a clear superior product line.  The Ortlieb bike bags are all below.

Ortlieb Recumbent Bike Panniers Bags Ortlieb Recumbent Bike Panniers

 



 


Front Panniers: Ortlieb Front Roller

Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure. Symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers

Absolutely waterproof, special 3D welding constructed bicycle panniers--for front rack mounting, small bag rear rack mounting or children's bikes

  • 3D welding is a special overlapping technique that uses no thread or adhesives

  • Roll-over style closures keep water out and are able to expand with your load

  • Attaches with the Ortlieb QLR-System: a strong, fast, quick-releasing system that locks tightly into place; easy unlocked by lifting up on the handle

  • QLR-hooks are replaceable and adjustable; will fit racks with tube diameter of up to 10 mm; 14 mm hooks available separately; will fit low-rider racks

  • Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester

Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester.. Imported.

Click to Purchase Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers


 Rear Panniers:  Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus

High specification design rear pannier made of Cordura fabric with spacious lid closure and QL2 mounting system. Even fully loaded; the pannier can be closed and is therefore particularly suited for extended tours. Outer mesh pocket with zipper (not waterproof) increases packing volume.

Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Pannier

These spacious bags are some of the largest around for extended trips.

  • Polyurethane-coated Cordura® nylon makes panniers durable and waterproof

  • Zippered outside mesh pockets hold wet gear or allow easy-access to essential gear

  • Large reflectors make you visible to motorists in poor light

  • Contents are held secure with two buckle closures and compression straps

  • Convenient handle on top for easy carrying

  • QL2 mounting system makes mounting and un-mounting panniers a snap

Click to Purchase Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Pannier


 Ortlieb Backroller

Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure and constructed of an exclusive Cordura material that is completely watertight and welded. Utilizes Ortlieb's QL 2 Mounting System. Its symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Ortlieb Backroller Panniers

Made of durable Cordura(R) nylon with polyester; coated with PVC for water resistance

With 3D welded seams, these panniers will keep your gear dry on rainy rides. Constructed with welded seams for strength. Designed with an easy access, roll-top closure. Replaceable, adjustable, quick-release security catches mount panniers quickly and easily on racks--also removed easily. Lifting on pannier carrying strap automatically releases the QL1 system security catches, while releasing the strap causes latches to lock in place. Please note: This item is sold as a pair.

  • Constructed with welded seams for strength

  • Designed with an easy access, roll-top closure

  • Replaceable, adjustable, quick-release security catches mount panniers quickly and easily on racks--also removed easily

  • Lifting on pannier carrying strap automatically releases the QLR-system security catches, while releasing the strap causes latches to lock in place

Click to Purchase Ortlieb Backroller Panniers


Waterproof Seat Bag: Ortlieb Saddle-Bag Micro Saddle Bag

After a couple years of bike travel I realized that my waterproof panniers were great but the stuff in the regular seat bag got wet, stayed wet, my tools rusted, and mold grew.  The mounting system is very high quality and detaches from the seat easily and quickly.

Ortlieb Seat-Bag Micro

The Saddle-Bag Micro from Ortleib is an ultra lightweight, waterproof seat bag with a roll-up closure. This size is an excellent fit for road or mountain racing applications.

* Roll-up closure with elastic bands lets you cinch down the bag, and offers a tight hold * Polyurethane-coated nylon waterproof fabric * Simple click mount attaches with 2 screws to seat rails; mount remains on bike and allows 1-handed removal of saddle bag * Reflective highlight improves nighttime profile * Protects against dust penetration and water splash from all directions

Click to Purchase Ortlieb Seat-Bag Micro


Small Handlebar bag: Ortlieb Ultimate 4 Compact

I like this bag because it is small enough when mounted that I can see my front wheel for better steering and drafting.  It also detaches quickly to become a daybag.

Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Handlebar Bag

Highly water-resistant, with durable welded seams. Lid has inner stiffener and is easy to open and close with one hand. Lockable mounting fits up to 31.8mm handlebars. Reflective logo. This versatile handlebar bag features a rigid lid, a removable shoulder strap, and a lockable mounting.

Click to Purchase Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Handlebar Bag


Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Plus and Classic waterproof Handlebar and Accessories (M or L)

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories

 Ride in the rain all day and keep your camera dry with these Handlebar bags with lid closures, including lockable mounting set, for handle bars with diameters up to 31,8mm, PU-coated Cordura®, 2 outer mesh pockets (Plus) with zip, inner pocket, internal dividers, shoulder strap, reflector.


Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case

Mapcase for all Ortlieb Ultimate (L or M) Handlebar Bags with removable mapcase feature. New version: won't turn yellow over time.

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Ortlieb Camera Insert for Ultimate Handlebar Bag

Padded nylon camera insert for Ultimate models (sizes M + L), with movable dividers for individual adjustment. Also suitable for Hip-Pack. Not waterproof! Height 7.5 in. Depth 4.7 in. Width 9.8 in. Weight 6.7 oz


Ortlieb GPS Cover / Case for Handlebar Bag - Horizontal Model

Details Have your GPS or PDA within the field of vision, and still know it is protected from moisture, dirt and dust. The ORTLIEB GPS cover is also a contemporary transport solution on the bike for your mobile phone or communicator.

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories


 Ortlieb Laptop Insert Bag

Carrying a laptop on a bike tour is tricky.  I recommend using this case in a rear bag sitting on a jacket or something soft.

Ortlieb at CycloCamping

This padded Ortlieb sleeve insert protects laptops with 13 in. and 17 in screens. It provides horizontal storage inside the Ortlieb Sling-it and Office-Bag, and a vertical fit inside backpacks or panniers.

* 2-way zipper runs along 2 sides for convenient packing and unpacking * 2 outer pockets (1 on each side) hold accessories; also includes 2 grab loops for easy removal * Please note: The sleeve insert is not waterproof * Ortleib Sling-it and Office-Bag are sold separately

  • 2-way zipper runs along 2 sides for convenient packing and unpacking

  • 2 outer pockets (1 on each side) hold accessories; also includes 2 grab loops for easy removal

  • Please note: The sleeve insert is not waterproof
  • Ortlieb Sling-it and Office-Bag are sold separately

Click Below to Purchase Ortlieb at CycloCamping


Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus Panniers

Sport Packer Plus Bike Plus Bike

Features 3M Scotchlite™ reflectors to increase your visibility in poor light. Made to mount on low-rider front racks or rear racks, these feature snug-fitting lids that allow for higher load capacity. Outer mesh pockets are spacious and feature zippers to hold contents secure. QL2 suspension system holds bags secure and is easy to load and unload. Surrounding compression straps allow size of panniers to be altered. These panniers are the perfect size for your daily commute, or to strap on to children's bikes.

Click to Purchase Sport Packer Plus Bike Plus Bike


See Bicycle Touring panniers - See Bicycle Commuting bags - more about my experience with Ortlieb - All Equipment Index - Touring Bicycle and parts Equipment Index - Bicycle touring Sponsorship - Buy on sale Waterproof Ortlieb Panniers and Bags


The bikes below are sold online and shipped to your address.  Online bikes are a very good value but hard to find so I have rounded up my favorites.
Shop All Touring Bicycles Here

 

   
This is the type of bike I have done most of my traveling on.  Great for road and off road with an agile geometry and accepts wide or narrow tires.

REI brand Touring and Trekking Bikes

This is the bike I am buying next. I am tall and recently bought a mountain bike with 29er wheels and really like how it rides and would like to try this in my next touring bike.

Salsa Fargo
 

If comfort is your first priority check out these great bikes.  I have never toured this light but I know a ton of cyclist who like this style of bike.

Salsa Marrakes

 

The new breed of off road bike packing and snow bicycle. I have never owned a bike like this but I bet someday I do.

Fat Bikes

 

Seasonal - Surly bikes are not always available on line but they are a great deal. 


Surly LHT touring bicycle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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