I’m currently testing a pair of handmade panniers by Falls Creek Outfitters. I think each pair of test bags are probably “one off’s,” so that fact will be taken into account during my testing. The bags are getting fitted on my 1971 Raleigh International which is set up with Blackburn racks fore and aft, as well as on my Boulder Brevet. The Boulder has a smaller rack made by Velo-Orange and even though the bag looks great on either bike, clearly the shorter and narrower platform area of the VO rack provides less stability than the more generous platform of the Blackburn rack.
I’ll be posting a review here at The Early Morning Cyclist once I’ve had a chance to put these bags to good use over time and distance. During that time I’ll be looking at three things: aesthetics and craftsmanship, functionality, usability. A fourth consideration – that of durability – will take considerably longer to determine.
For the moment, I’ll simply share some photographs of the bags attached to the two bikes.
Pictured here on my Boulder Brevet, the Falls Creek Outfitters bags look good paired with the Ozette Rando Bag by Swift Industries. I like traveling with bike bags and the Swift bag is a personal favorite of mine. If Falls Creek Outfitters can come up to the level of quality and usefulness of the Swift product, they will certainly have done something substantial in my personal opinion.
The panniers seem to fit the look and geometry of this configuration just a little bit better. The pairing of these panniers with a vintage Carradice bag might be overkill for most riding short of packed commuting or S240 touring.