It’s been a long search (see this post for all the links), but I reckon I have now managed to find the best cycle pannier bag anywhere in Europe – the Basil Preston office bag, aubergine. I don’t think the picture here really does it justice. Basil is a Dutch firm and this bag is a work of engineering genius – the clips to attach it to your bike are zipped behind a pouch, there’s a built in rain cover and lock, and the entire bag is well built and solid. It looks very reasonable, is padded enough to defend a laptop, and it’s presentable enough to turn up with at a business meeting. It cost me â‚¬50 from Trendy Stores who ship only to Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. TweeMobil sell them in the Netherlands, while Bikefix in the UK sells them for a hefty markup – Â£60. For loads of bike discussions have a look at meandmybicycle.
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@jonworth As a regular Berlin-FFO commuter, I can confirm I've seen the police do a full check on the EC 40 multiple times.
@jonworth if this is the EC train that crosses from Rzepin into Germany and halts at Frankfurt Oder the checks used to be irregular but since the War started in Feb it's for every train every time. and yes they behave like utter bastards. sorry you had to experience it first hand.