I believe it was sometime in late September or early October, my CleverChimp panniers were stolen from my bike overnight. I talked to Clever Cycles to see if they had more, but they only had colors I didn’t really want, and weren’t likely to be getting more in anytime soon, so I looked around a bit more and found the Dutch company Clarijs, which makes very similar bags.
So, I ordered a set of bags, black with silver. The bags are handmade to order, which is great, but it also means they take 2-3 weeks to make, and then they have to be shipped from the Netherlands, so I just got them last week.
Thankfully, in the meantime, a friend of ours was able to loan me her Brooks Bricklane panniers, just to get me by, and that was hugely helpful, though after using them, I can’t say I’m a huge fan, honestly. More on that later. Still, far better than nothing for the times I needed them.
The Clarijs bags finally came, and I hurried to get them on my bike. The Clarijs bags feel heavier in weight overall than the CleverChimp bags were, and a bit stiffer. Other than that, they seem remarkably similar, though the dimensions are slightly different.
The Clarijs bags had the option of a loop to put a lock through. Given that my last bags got stolen, I selected that option, and got a small padlock to lock them to the rear rack.
Hopefully that will prevent them from getting too curious about the neighborhood and wandering off on me again. In any case, I’m extremely happy to have large bags again, (basically) waterproof bags again, and bags I don’t have to take on and off all the time again. You forget how convenient all of that is until you have to live without it for a while.