FAQ - CLASSIC GARMENT PANNIER

WHAT IS THE CLASSIC GARMENT PANNIER?

The bike bag built for commuters featured in this video. It takes your garments on your bike and lets you focus on your ride. The Classic Garment Pannier carries business suits, dresses, shirts, up to a 15" laptop computer and accessories. The bag mounts on your bicycle rack, carries on your shoulder or as a briefcase and is carry-on compliant with airplanes, trains and buses. 


WHAT IS NEW ON THE CLASSIC GARMENT PANNIER COMPARED TO THE CLASSIC BIKE SUIT BAG?

The Classic Commuter Garment Pannier is essentially the 2.0 model of the Classic Bike Suit Bag and loaded with new features that has taken the product into the mainstream. We took all the feedback we received from our riders and re-designed the Classic Bike Suit Bag to fix any and all shortcomings. The new upgrades to the product include:
  • New universal RIXEN & KAUL mounting system that adjusts to any bike rack and mounts with a click
  • New 600D Polyester material with TPE waterproof backing and UV coating
  • Internal padded pocket for up to 15" laptops
  • New internal mesh pockets for extra storage (belts, ties, shirts, cufflinks, etc.)
  • Improved visibility with custom reflective materials on all sides of the bag
  • Comfy padded shoulder strap
  • Upgraded zippers on all pockets
  • New top bag hanger
  • New internal garment security strap
  • Signature monogram inside liner
  • Custom rain cover in neon green

IS THE CLASSIC GARMENT PANNIER WATERPROOF?

The Classic Garment Pannier is extremely water-resistant. We don’t claim it to be waterproof because you can’t fully submerse it without water seeping through the seams or zippers. It is made of 600D Polyester with TPE waterproof backing and UV coating. The inner TPE backing gives the Polyester extreme water resistance and the exterior UV coating ensures the colour does not deteriorate from outdoor use in the sun. The Classic Garment Pannier keeps contents dry under rigorous testing in harsh weather. For added water protection there is an additional rain cover made of 210D, high-visibility HD Nylon that wraps around the pannier and is secured with an internal draw string.


WHAT TYPE OF BICYCE RACK IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE CLASSIC GARMENT PANNIER? 

Basically any rear bicycle rack on the market will work. The RIXEN & KAUL Vario Hooks adjust to any tube diameter with a few turns of a screwdriver. The lower catch will slide in behind any vertical rack bar to secure the sides of the pannier. 


HOW DO I ATTACH THE CLASSIC GARMENT PANNIER TO MY RACK?

Place the pannier on your rear rack with the Vario hooks clipping onto either side of the rack tube. The hooks will make a "click." Reach in through the back of the pannier and turn the center-locks (red pull cords) to ensure the pannier locks to the bike rack. Slide the lower catch to properly secure in behind one of the vertical rack bars. Note: the lower catch screw can be tightened in the proper position so that it does not need to be slid each time.


HOW DO I ADJUST THE VARIO HOOKS AND LOWER CATCH TO PERFECTLY FIT MY RACK?

The first time you mount your Classic Garment Pannier, take an extra minute to ensure the Vario hooks and lower catch are properly set. The Vario hooks are continuously adjustable from 6-16mm to work with virtually every rack diameter. Hang one side of the pannier on the rear rack and adjust the Vario hook screws using a standard Phillips screwdriver so that the hook perfectly fits your rack diameter. Repeat for the other side of the pannier. Then adjust the lower catch to fit behind one of the vertical bars on your bike rack. After finding the proper position of the lower catch, tighten the single screw to lock in the proper position.

When mounting on a daily basis, the lower catch can be positioned first behind the vertical bar. The Vario hooks naturally will line up on the rack. Then give a simple push down on the top of the bag for the Vario hooks to set. Reach inside to pull the red cords to set the center-lock. When dismounting the pannier, ensure the centre-locks are disengaged and simply pull up on the side carry handles and the pannier will easily pop off. 


WHAT CAN I FIT IN MY CLASSIC GARMENT PANNIER?

The Classic works great for daily trip items and/or can be fully packed to accommodate airplane travel for reasonable trip lengths. The general rule is 3-5 suits or garments. All standard hanger sizes will work great. 

Example of the Classic packed for a basic daily office commute:  
  • 1 full suit (jacket, pants & shirt) or skirt/pants and shirt/blouse
  • 1-2 pair shoes (formal, workout, or both)
  • Accessories (tie, belt, cufflinks, jewelry) 
  • Socks, underwear
  • Towel, toiletry kit
  • Laptop computer, charger
  • Common bike tools (pump, tube, multi tool)
  • Keys, wallet, phone
  • Lunch

WHY IS ONE POCKET TURNED SIDEWAYS? 

When hanging vertical, the top exterior pocket is turned sideways so the pocket can be used without your items spilling on the floor. 


WHY IS THE BAG SLIGHTLY ANGLED WHEN MOUNTED ON THE BIKE RACK? 

We designed the Classic Garment Pannier to provide the rider with maximum pedal clearance. Setting the bag up at a slight angle avoids any contact from being made with the riders's shoes/pedals while in use.


WILL THE RAIN COVER WORK WITH THE CLASSIC BIKE SUIT BAG AND THE SOUTHWEST GARMENT PANNIER?

Yes, the rain cover is designed to work with any of our former or current garment bags and panniers.


WHAT ARE THE FULL TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS?

OVERALL DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Bag laying flat - 38.5"x 19" x 3" 
Bag folded / being carried - 18" x 19" x 6"
Weight - 3.9 lbs  

OUTSIDE POCKET DIMENSIONS
Large Bellows Zippered Pockets (2) - 12.5" x 12.5" x 3"
Small Bellows Zippered Pockets (2) - 10.5" x 9.5" x 2"
Top Ridge Zippered Pocket - 12" x 5" x 3" 

INSIDE POCKET DIMENSIONS
Main Garment Compartment - 38.5"x 19" x 3" 
Large Zippered Mesh Pocket - 14.5" x 11" x 2"
Small Shoulder Zippered Mesh Pockets (2) - 6.5" x 4.5" x 2" 
Padded Laptop Pocket - 15.5" x 12" x 3" 


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