Grocery panniers are designed around the footprint of a standard grocery bag. They conveniently pop open to shape when needed, but fold flat against the bike when not in use. We find them indispensable and always keep one on each of our bikes as a catch-all carrier.
Most grocery panniers are made from nylon. They usually have either a metal frame and/or internal stiffeners and a flat bottom to support a grocery bag. I’ve used models from a few different manufacturers and they all worked reasonably well.
Nylon is a perfectly fine and functional material for use in bike bags, but canvas bags are a nice aesthetic touch on some bikes. Minnehaha Bag Company of Minneapolis manufactures bike bags from heavy duty canvas, nickel-plated steel, and leather. Their line-up includes many traditional bag shapes, but a pleasant surprise in their line-up is the Canvas Grocery Bag Pannier.
Like most other grocery panniers, the Minnehaha Canvas Grocery Bag Pannier folds flat when not in use, but quickly and easily pops open when needed. While shopping, the pannier can be hung from the top edge of a shopping cart, and its twin handles make it easy to carry even heavy loads. The build quality is excellent with an internal steel frame, nickel-plated steel snaps, and 18 oz. canvas throughout.
If you like the idea of a grocery pannier, but prefer traditional materials, the Minnehaha Canvas Grocery Bag Pannier is a unique, stylish, and well-made alternative to generic nylon grocery panniers.
- Heavy-duty HDPE panels and steel folding frame stand up to heavy loads
- Folds flat when not in use
- Steel top hooks
- Adjustable quick-connect lower hook
- Wide carrying handles
- Detachable reflective tabs
- MSRP: $44.99