Commuter gear - Interbike 2013

Commuter essentials from Blackburn, Chrome, Ortlieb and Osprey

There were a number of companies showcasing their latest bags and packs for commuters at Interbike 2013.

Panniers, saddlebags and backpacks continue to get more refined, with as much emphasis on form as function. Blackburn and Chrome were showing off new lines of panniers and bags. Chrome has created a line of bags for motorcycle riders as well.

Osprey was showing off its Portal backback, which has a zippered compartment with a clear screen that allows the user to access their tablet without removing it from the bag.

Osprey thinks the Portal will be a hit with commuters who spend a lot of time on trains, subways and buses

Click through the gallery at right for more details.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA
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