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Sunlite Bike Trunks, Very Useful

Updated on October 30, 2014

I currently own an older version of this Sunlite QRS Commuter Bike Trunk and I just love it. Though I don't have the exact type of bike rack it suggests that goes with this bag, I find it works well with my Trek 7200 bike rack. This is a great bag with a lot of surprises in it. For example, it looks very small and compact, but there are expansions and hidden compartments everywhere. It has two good-sized panniers that fold out, for example. I can fit a day's worth of work clothes in those two bags as well as my purse and shoes. I've also brought home two, good-sized bags of groceries, including milk. There's also an expandable compartment in the back, where I keep my bike tools and one inside. On the top, there is a "cargo net" that can help secure other items, though I have only used these for temporarily securing papers and my mail for short distances. It also comes with a shoulder strap and it has excellent insulation.

When I first saw this bag, the price put me off especially when I read the reviews and it said that it is difficult to fit on other bike racks then the Sunlite QRS bike racks. But, it works well and is very secure on my rack. If you don't already have a rack, then I would recommend theirs. The bag is very durable and has some water and dirt resistance. Mine has held up for several years, so far where previous bags wore down fairly fast, so I feel that I've totally got my money's worth buying this bag. The reflective sides and tape across the bag helps add visibility in the dark.

This video describes another type of Sunlite trunk bag (without panniers), but I thought this video might be useful because it talks about the Sunlite bike racks and how to attach your bag to your rack. The Sunlite QRS Commuter Trunk Bag has more straps to hold it on more securely. I felt this video showed some of the quality of Sunlite products..

This video was done by a bike shop owner who tries to use humor to educate how to use a trunk bag and bike rack.

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View of the panniers, which expand out to a good size.  There is an elastic hook that works well and holds the panniers down very well.View of the back side of the rack with reflective tape.  That little pouch holds a lot of tools!  Excuse the dirt, this bag and bike is well used.
View of the panniers, which expand out to a good size.  There is an elastic hook that works well and holds the panniers down very well.
View of the panniers, which expand out to a good size. There is an elastic hook that works well and holds the panniers down very well.
View of the back side of the rack with reflective tape.  That little pouch holds a lot of tools!  Excuse the dirt, this bag and bike is well used.
View of the back side of the rack with reflective tape. That little pouch holds a lot of tools! Excuse the dirt, this bag and bike is well used.

One thing I really liked about having the fold-in panniers is that they were always available for when I had unexpected things to carry. Sometimes, I would be out somewhere and see something I wanted to buy and it would fit in these bags. Though they look small, they actually fit quite a bit of things in it.

Need a bike? Check out the selections above. I would also recommend used bike shops. I have gotten some fantastic, professional-level bicycles for a very reasonable price.

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Have any questions about this big trunk? If so, let me know. Or, if you have used this product, post your comments below.

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      This is a very useful item as I try to bike often, if asked I say it's to help the environment but really it's cheaper than gas. The Sunlite bag detaches from the bike very easily can can be used as a carry all

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @sousababy: Definitely not good carrying things by hand while riding a bike. I even have a hard time with a basket in front, but find it easier to balance with a bag or basket on the back.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Looks (and sounds) durable. It's so dangerous to try to carry anything on a bike with your arms somehow.