Let the rack do the work.
While we love the efficiency and ease of messenger bags and backpacks, we aren't always fans of them sliding around to dangle in front of us or putting undue stress on our backs, respectively. Blackburn designed the Local Rear Pannier to address these concerns by being mountable on any standard rear rack, letting you carry your 8-cell battery, full-sized keyboard laptop to campus without killing your vertebrate.
The interiors boast a healthy capacity of 793 cubic inches (13 liters), which is partitioned into conveniently-sized pockets for safely transporting books, laptops, tablets, and the like. The Pannier is made of 210 denier polyester. While it doesn’t enjoy the nigh-invulnerability of Blackburn's Central Shopper's Pannier, it's durable enough to handle everyday abuse and even a run-in with the asphalt. It's also been given a DWR treatment, so your cargo is protected from the elements as well.
In addition to the internal storage, Blackburn has thoughtfully included a padded exterior pocket for your personal effects — a feature that any cyclist who has orphaned a wallet during a commute or lost a smartphone to the tarmac gods will immediately appreciate. This pocket can also hold your sunglasses (while in class or at the office) and your eyeglasses (while on the road).
Blackburn claims that the Local Rear Pannier is compatible with most standard bike racks, but mating them to Blackburn's own Interlock rack system adds additional security by means of a keyed lock. The pannier includes reflective elements and loops for attaching lights to help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
- Mounts to any rear rack
- 793 cu in capacity
- 210D polyester construction
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Reviews & Community
Goes into the spokes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought 2 from a local bike shop about a year ago. I use these with a Blackburn rack. When I position this forward on the rack it hits my heels. When I move it back to the center stay on the rack it goes into the spokes. I have checked and rechecked all the adjustments on the bag. I have had this happen 3 times. The bottom back of the bag is now quite torn. Fortunately I haven't had any wrecks because of this. Usually I am impressed by Blackburn gear but not this time. I have stiffened the bag by putting foam core board inside and that helps considerably. I use one mostly and it is the one that is torn, see attached photos, the other one is like new. Also the stitching on the top is coming undone. I bought 2 and wish I had only purchased one. In the future I will buy panniers one at a time to make sure they work out for me. My wife has the Ortlieb bags and they preform much better.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a durable and solid pannier. I've taken extra precautions to waterproof my own stuff but this is a solid option for panniers.