Pannier Man. We’ve all seen him pedaling away in magnificent isolation. A happy pedaler, Pannier Man is the guy who was city riding back when there was no city riding. The rouleur who knows the ferry crossing timetable to France, and damn well uses it. Weekends spent serenely passing through enchanting European hamlets, Pannier Man is a discoverer of well appointed, yet economic campsites, hostels and hotels; wherever he may roam.
In 2014 then, the rest of the cycling world catches up with our beloved before his time rider, with a touring-led product line that echoes the developing trend of longer weekend rides and touring escapades. With the release of their new Knurled line, Chrome, US bag makers extraordinare are equipping this new wave of adventuresome cyclists who are looking to stretch their legs after a week’s urban cycling, and head further afield fully prepared for whatever the day may bring.
The Chrome Knurled line comprises 4 bags of varying litre volumes, ranging from backpack or tote transformable, to rear pannier rack or front rack mounted models. Offering a head turning blend of low, low weight (for their strength and size, Knurled bags weigh around 70% less than competitor offerings), weatherproof properties and kitchen sink hauling strength, the Knurled line wields the BIG specs, and pairs them with most wanted features like padded tablet or laptop storage, u-lock holstering and handy MOLLE system functionality (model depending).
You may not have plans to head off to exotic shores just yet of course, but day to day, cycling with a lower centre of gravity afforded by hauling your essentials on the bike, rather than on your back, can be a refreshing experience, and one that also rewards on the commute, as well as the weekend getaway or full-on touring adventure.