For the last 9 days, the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible has been my faithful urban commuting companion. This very useful and adaptive backpack has clung to the rack on my Tern Link D8 like the jaws of life.
Went on an epic bicycle commute that no mortal man would dare to attempt. And was the life of the party at a coffee shop, while I skillfully gained the business of a new client.
Never again will I feel naked in this world while commuting, leaving others wondering what I’m packing besides buns and thighs of steel.
Just Like In The Video Below
It’s safe to say, we’ve developed a special bond. But there’s one huge question left to answer. Is the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible enough to satisfy a demanding bicycle commuter like me? Let’s find out!
Look How Great the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertibles Package Is
Similar to a stork delivering a baby, FedEx left the package on the front porch. When my phone dinged to let know me, I dashed outside to check this bad boy out.
The Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack is the Perfect Size
Surprisingly, the package was small, but what was even more shocking is how good the Two Wheel Pannier Backpack Convertible fits.
It was the perfect size and shape, and I couldn’t wait to handle it. With measurements of 17.5” high, 12” wide, and 7” deep, it’s exactly what I’ve been craving.
Two Wheel Gear promises that this pannier backpack will fit perfectly on most standard bicycle racks, and I believe them. The problem is, I don’t commute on a standard bicycle.
My everyday ride is a Tern Link D8 folding bicycle. With 20-inch wheels and a smaller rack, it’s impossible to fit regular bicycle panniers. If they are too large, my feet will hit them with every pedal stroke.
This was one of my major concerns before the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible arrived. How did it work out during my epic bicycle Commute? You’ll find out in a bit.
My Two Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible Visually Seduced Me
Made out of 600D Polyester with TPE Waterproof backing & UV Treatment, it came in a seductive graphite color. The other option available is black, but I wanted to experiment with something different this time. And I’m so glad I did.
The rugged exterior will definitely last. With a sturdy construction and flawless, heavy-duty stitching, the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible is capable of carrying respectable loads.
Getting access to these loads is easy with the high-quality zippers. At first they were a little stiff, but after a few tries they loosened right up. And making these zippers water-resistant, while making the pannier backpack more aesthetically appealing are protective flaps. The only way you can tell the zippers are there is from the red pull tabs on each tip.
Adding to all this functionality and attractive looks, is reflective material on the front, sides and back for added safety after dark. And a top handle to make it easy to carry when off the bike, or your shoulders. I think we have a keeper here! Let’s continue to find out.
Mounting the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible Was Easy
After looking the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible over thoroughly, I finally found it. The Rixen & Kaul mounting system was hidden in a secret compartment on the back of the pannier backpack.
For the last five minutes I’ve been looking for this hardware. Once I found the zipper it was easy to expose. And what an awesome sight it was. Never in my life have I seen a mounting system put together so well.
The problem was that it was too wide to mount on my Tern Link D8’s rack. But with guidance from the instructions on Two Wheel Gears website, I had it adjusted perfectly within minutes.
I had to loosen up a few screws. Slide the hooks closer. And screw them back in. Once I accomplished this amazing feat, I was able to place the hooks on the rack with ease. Close the blue tabs to lock securely. And hopefully fasten the lower strap.
Sadly, I couldn’t use the lower strap because the rack is too short. All I could do was fasten it together to prevent it from dangling while riding.
My biggest concern was that without the lower strap fastened to the rack, the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack would swing back and forth while riding. Would this present a problem during my commute to meet an important client at the coffee shop? Hopefully not!
There’s Many Pockets to Penetrate in the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible
Once I was sure the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible fit on the rack, it was time to stuff it. I pulled the little red tabs on the tips of the zippers. And violated the compartments with personal belongings.
I placed my 11-inch iPad in the padded laptop pocket, capable of holding a laptop up to 15.6-inches.
In the two mesh compartments I put a bunch of miscellaneous stuff, and my Fisher Space Pen in the handy pen holder. Then I folded my portable rain jacket military style, along with a ton of other gear. Once the pannier backpack was bulging, I zipped it up and proceeded to fill the exterior pockets.
The padded front pocket above the compartment that holds the fluorescent high-visibility rain cover, easily held my cycling glasses and gloves.
With everything packed and ready to go, I couldn’t help but stare with amazement. How could such a small pannier backpack hold so much?
The Two Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible proves that size doesn’t matter. It all depends on how you use it.
This Video Here Proves It
Time For the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertibles Epic Commute
With the Tern Link D8 unfolded, it was time to get the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible ready for action. First I removed it from my back and unclipped the shoulder straps. Then, I unzipped the pocket containing the mounting hardware, and tucked the shoulder straps inside.
I Hooked the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible to the Rack
Once all done, I grabbed the pannier backpack by the top handle and hooked the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack to the rack. With everything locked and loaded, we were ready to tackle this 16 mile round trip commute.
Things Got Wet And Wild But the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Survived
During this commute, the weather was fairly calm with just a light sprinkle mixed with wet snow. If things were to get too wet, the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible has a yellow rain cover as protection. But that wasn’t needed, because the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible is waster-resistant. The water and wet snow slid right off.
No Movement Was Witnessed During The Commute With the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible
Also, the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible didn’t swing back and forth like I thought it would, without the lower strap fastened to the rack. The blue locking tabs kept the pannier backpack securely attached to the rack, without any movement.
I had total confidence that the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible wouldn’t fall off, resulting in lost property. To all the bicyclists this has happened to, I say, get yourself a Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible. It costs $150, but well worth the price for peace of mind.
After a commute like this, I assure you, there’s no way the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible is going to fall of your bicycle rack.
Entering the Coffee Shop With the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible
This important commute was far from over. As we pulled in front of the coffee shop, we only had 10 minutes to spare. I still had to fold the Tern D8, and get the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible ready for action.
Luckily, after folding the Tern, the pannier backpack only took two minutes to get ready, thanks to it’s clever design by the man known as Reid Hemsing – the designer and owner of Two Wheel Gear in Vancouver, BC Canada.
Eyes Filled With Lust Stared At the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible
We not only made it to the meeting on time, the Two Wheel Pannier Backpack Convertible was the life of the party. My female client and her assistant got excited over my pannier backpack.
During the meeting, they both couldn’t stop staring at it with lust in their eyes, while licking their lips. They wanted it. And wanted it bad! It reminded me of Ralphie in the movie “A Christmas Story”, getting all worked up over the Red Rider BB Gun. But despite having to guard my Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible, the meeting went very well.
Comparing the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible To Other Options
This isn’t the first pannier that I’ve ever owned. When I use to ride a full-sized bicycle, I had a double-sided pannier that used those outdated straps to connect it to the rack.
Every time I went into the store, I had to struggle to remove it to prevent it from be stolen, along with my personal belongings. And even though it had handles, it was bulky and inconvenient to carry around.
When I switched over to using a folding bicycle, the pannier went too, and I started using backpacks instead.
Unfortunately, neither one can attach to the rack on my Tern Link D8, making the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible a better choice for bicycle commuting.
I Highly Recommend the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible For Your Bicycle Commuting Needs
Not only do I recommend the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible, I actually fell in love with it. This great looking, sturdy pannier backpack was cleverly designed to make bicycle commuters lives easier.
Unlike ordinary panniers, the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack can transform from a pannier to a backpack within minutes. And it’s innovative mounting system makes it ideal for professionals who commute by bicycle, and are in a rush to make it to meetings on time.
Plus, it’s a lot easier to carry around when not on the bicycle, especially when I need both hands to carry a 26 lb Tern Link D8.
It also would make a great travel companion because it qualifies as carry on while flying, but still holds enough for trips of a few days or more.
I’m also a big fan of how light this pannier backpack is for being so sturdy, while still containing mounting gear. This is definitely a plus when flying into different cities.
It wont slow you down while climbing stairs, running for buses and trains, or better yet, renting a bicycle for the day.
From the company THATBIKESTOWORK, known as Two Wheel Gear, what’s not to get excited about?
Warning: Do not get excited over how well the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack holds your clothes, and decide to bike across town to a meeting while being naked!
THANK YOU TO TWO WHEEL GEAR FOR SENDING THIS AMAZING PANNIER BACKPACK FOR REVIEW