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Arkel Randonneur Rack Black

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Planning a long ride, even a 2-3 day stint, and you need to carry stuff but you don't want to outfit your steed with a full-fledged bike rack. Up to now, you had a choice between the heavy seat post beam racks that clamp hard on the seat post and rotate around it, or the flimsy and flapping, low capacity bags that clip on a tiny ring bolted around the seat post. Here is the Arkel Randonneur Rack. A sleek quick release bracket attaches to the seat rails which offer a rock-solid attachment point. The front of the rack merely rests against the seat post with a soft rubberized clamp that is closed shut with a velcro strap. Stress on the seat post is kept at a minimum with no damage done to the seat post finish. The dual attachment points of the Randonneur Rack bring unequalled stability to the system. And best of all, the Randonneur Rack is installed and removed in seconds.

Maximum Load: Arkel states a maximum load of 13 lbs. The actual maximum load will be dictated more by the particulars of your bike than the actual capacity of the Randonneur Rack, which can withstand more than the stated maximum load. So you may need to consult your seat and seat post manufacturers to verify whether or not they prohibit the use of such a seat post rack, in which case we recommend that you abide by those manufacturers instructions.
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Arkel Randonneur Rack Black
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Product: Arkel Randonneur Rack Black
Ownership: one week
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Reasonably light, doesn't require stays.

Cons

The unit came with the wide seat rail mount attached and a shorter mount in the package. My rails are not wide but the short attachment barely cleared the rails. I tried the long attachment and was completely unable to mount it to the seat, with seat in place. Using the short attachment, the rack came loose twice. I decided to remove the saddle post and install the links and let the saddle height be governed by the lower rack attachment. While off the bike, I slid the long attachment between the saddle rails and was able to get it threaded to the attachment fastener. The longer attachment clears the rails by a good half inch, each side. I do not believe it is possible to mount without separating the parts the way I did but if others were able to avoid this, congratulations. The rack is now completely secure on the seat rails.

Re-mounting the saddle and post and lowering the post to where the lower rack grip meets the frame, I tightened the post. Mounting the bike the pedals are just a bit lower than I wish, but acceptable. I am six feet tall with average length legs. The Arkel pack now sits acceptably lower than the saddle with ample clearance above the rear tire. I am now willing to rate the rack a solid Four Stars

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Product: Arkel Randonneur Rack Black
Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat low

Pros

Easy to put on, take off. Looks great. Great for day rides!

Cons

None yet.

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Product: Arkel Randonneur Rack Black
Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

This is the only bike rack that I have come across that is meant to be used with a carbon seatpost. Used it when I was road biking in Vermont and wanted to have the extras without using a backpack. It was very stable as far as not flopping around and could carry up to 10 lbs. You need to make sure that it is securely fastened and check it after each ride. I had to tighten it after several days but maybe I didn't crank it down tight enough to begin with. The picture shows extensions that allow someone with a large frame to hang the rack in a lower position than I did on mine. I have a small frame 50cm. You need to make sure you have enough rail to hang it from. I put mine on the bottom of the rail rather than the back of the rail (the part that goes up to the saddle). It looked like more of the weight was supported by the rails that way. Just stick to light loads and you will be fine. Remember your bungie cords to keep your stuff secure.

Cons

Expensive.

Other Thoughts

It takes a few minutes to get it installed but the more you do it the less fuss there is.

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