Cube Travel Panniers review

Roomy, practical panniers for urban errands and commuting.

Cube Travel Pannier
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A functional set of panniers that will suit commuters and those relying on the bike more than the car. They lack a little in the durability and weatherproofing stakes, but they more than make-up for this with loads of practical and convenient features.

Reasons to buy
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    Plenty of internal and external pockets

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    Tool-free adjustment

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    Convert to shoulder bag easily with included strap

Reasons to avoid
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    Not waterproof

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    Not as robust as some

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    Niggle with pocket size opening

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If you are on the look out for a pair of panniers to mount on a commuting or town bike, Cube’s Travel panniers are definitely worth considering. Tool-free adjustment and heaps of considered details make them versatile, both on and off the bike. They will appeal to anyone wanting hassle-free kit without the need for extra purchases to make them fully functional; shoulder straps and rain-covers are included.

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also be