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Essentials Ortlieb Downtown £109.99 |

: £78.09

Never fear rain again with Ortlieb’s Downtown Courier. It looks like a satchel but doubles as a pannier, fitting all standard racks with tubing up to 16mm diameter. In true Ortlieb fashion, it has a highly durable rubber-coated fabric construction – you won’t find a more waterproof option. Inside, there’s room for A4 files and a 15.4in notebook, as well as internal pockets for smaller items. Once you’ve arrived at work, unclip the Downtown and use the extra-wide padded shoulder strap to turn the pannier into a shoulder bag. lyon.co.uk

Blackburn Local Rear Pannier £34.99 |

: £24.84

The Blackburn Local is great value, and made with a tough 210 denier nylon with water-resistant treatment and backing, it’ll keep your kit dry even if the commute is wet. The 18-litre capacity Local can be key locked to the matching Blackburn Interlock rack for security, though it will fit all standard racks as well. Attach it to your bike for the morning commute, then clip on the shoulder strap and stroll into work in style. There’s space for a 15in laptop, sarnies and other daytime life-support items. zyro.co.uk

Brompton Game Bag £295 |

: £209.45

Handstitched by Chapman in Cumbria, the high-quality, heavyduty canvas, 18-litre Game Bag features full-grain leather trim, brass fittings, twin front pockets and a side pouch pocket. It’s almost too beautiful to be subjected to rain, but as well as coming with a rain cover, the canvas is highly water resistant and will keep your kit dry, short of full immersion. It fits to your folder via Brompton’s own carrier block, and you can even leave it attached when you fold up your bike. Other colours and designs are available too. bromptonjunction.com

Altura Urban Dryline 17 £74.99 |

: £53.24

With a waterproof Dryline construction, this pannier/shoulder bag is ready to transport your gear whatever the weather. It fits to the bike using quality Rixen & Kaul Klickfix pannier fixings (discreetly hidden when not in use), then turns into a bag for the office thanks to the shoulder strap. The bag has a big appetite too, with a padded space capable of swallowing a full-size 17in laptop. A further compartment is handy for other documents, and an extra organiser pocket keeps your odds and ends in order. altura.co.uk

Bobbin Messenger Pannier £99.99 |

: £70.99

The Bobbin Messenger Pannier is a stylish option that uses quality Rixen & Kaul fixings (concealed in a zip pocket) to attach to any standard rack, and a heavyweight shoulder strap for when you’ve arrived at your destination. With a wax cotton construction, the lightly padded bag has a built-in level of water resistance to keep your workstuff dry and happy. A striped lining adds a dash of urban chic, married to a classic style leather buckle closure. Internal pockets help organise the space, and magnetic flap closures help keep the contents safely inside. todayscyclist.co.uk www.cyclescheme.co.uk

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