My friend Tanya has been getting serious about using her bike for transportation over the last 12 months. She no longer has a car and her bike is her goto way to get around. Naturally she has been working on how to carry cargo. She started with a backpack and has gone through several sets of panniers. I held my tongue as she bought and returned one fairly crap pannier after another. I did provide specific feedback about panniers when asked and of course I’ve been using my Ortliebs around her the whole time. Last night as she was stuffing her birthday present into her latest set of panniers she looked over at my Ortliebs and told me she was returning her current panniers so she could buy some Ortliebs. A year ago the price tag of the Ortliebs would have seemed crazy to her, but now that she has tried the rest she understands why Ortlebs reign supreme and are worth every penny.
I was so proud…=-)