Form and Function

… are not mutually exclusive. Basil Kavan II Panniers + Rivendell Nigel Smythe Country Bag = 100 liters of stylish cargo hauling goodness.

5 Responses to “Form and Function”

  • Jeff says:

    Hi Alan,
    I just received my new Nigel Smythe “handlebar bag”. It’s actually a Keven’s Bag that was made incorrectly and Rivendell sold them at a deal. It works pefectly as a bar bag and really dresses up my Raleigh One Way. I’m so happy!

  • 2whls3spds says:

    I will second the Karavans. I get more comments about them than any other bag I have owned. And they do the job with class.


  • Rob says:

    I may be wrong about this, but aren’t the Basil Kavan II Panniers 45 liters in total? (not 45 liters each side). So with the Rivendell bag you have 55 liters in total. I have the Carradice Super C rear panniers, which are 54 liters per pair (the largest they make, I think), and the Basil panniers certainly don’t look bigger than the Super Cs.

  • Alan says:


    I don’t know how to calculate the volume in liters, but both Basil and Velo Orange say the panniers are 45L each. Possibly it was mis-stated on the Basil site and then copied to VO, then here. I’ll see what I can find out.

  • No says:

    Just fill them up with water…
    Or measure in cm and divide by 1000 (1000cc, cubic centimetres, is 1 litre).

    Or if you can work out in US measurements – 3.8 litres is about 1 U.S. gallon

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