When you ride with the 30° temperature swing typical of fall (and spring) days, where to stash your extra clothing is a challenge. Tying your new cycling jacket around your waist is neither comfortable or good for the jacket, especially it it comes untied at the wrong moment!
If you are riding a bike without rack eyelets, you may not appear to have many options. If your bike has an alloy seatpost you, can use a clamp on rack, like the Bontrager Seat Post Rack. However, this rack is not recommended for carbon seat posts.
To solve this dilema, Bicycle Garage Indy is now offering the Arkel Randonneur Rack® ($99.99). This inovative, lightweight (495 gr. – 17 oz) rack hangs from the seat rails, and avoids any clamping pressure or leverage on your seatpost. The Randonneur mounts with a tool-free, quick-release mechanism, and comes with adapters to fit a wide variety of frame sizes and seat combinations.
With a 13 lb. capacity, the Randonneur will support a rack trunk , like the Arkel Tail Rider ($114.95) or Bontrager Rack Trunk ($54.99), with capacity for your riding extras, and essentials like tools, inner tubes and snacks. I have used a variety of rack trunks, including the Arkel for centuries, day rides and supported tours, and the capacity is perfect.
Find a wide selection of bicycle packs from Arkel, Bontrager and others at all three Bicycle Garage Indy locations: Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, Dean Rd at 82nd St.), South (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd, Greenwood), and BGI Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA at City Market.