There’s gotta be a hook somewhere. Actually, there has to be two. Without them, a pannier just won’t attach to a rack. The only problem is, those hooks are still there when you’re not using them. And that is when they start to bother. Either, you can feel the hooks jamming into your own body, or those around you are the ones feeling them. ORTLIEB - known for their patents and inventions when it comes to waterproof cycling - have found a way to keep the hooks from bothering anyone. The result - the new Twin-City Urban!
The flap – it flips!
In short, the Twin-City Urban is a downtown shoulder bag that uses the proven QL2.1 mounting system (for more about the QL2.1 see our Back-Roller Urban post) to attach to a rack and become a bicycle pannier. Sure, ORTLIEB has developed bags similar to this e.g. the Commuter-Bag 2 or the Office-Bag. However, what the Twin-City Urban has (and something you won’t find on other panniers) is an opening constructed to allow the flap to flip both ways. On the wide side the self-closing QL2.1 hooks and on the other an elegant, robust aluminium clasp. The ideas is, when you’re biking the flap is attached to the non-hook side and the shoulder strap is stored in an outside pocket to prevent it from getting into the spokes. When you shoulder the bag, the flap is flipped to the other side to cover up the hooks. Like this, others won’t even notice you were on the bike.