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Thursday, June 28, 2012

BICYCLE GEAR REVIEW: Arkel Tailrider Trunk Bag

While waiting to get my Silvio back from Twin Sisters Cycling shop, I thought I'd do a review of the rear rack bag that I use, the Arkel Tailrider Trunk Bag.  These bags are made by a company in Canada.  Not surprisingly, those Canadians do make some quality gear for cycling and this bag is one of them.

These are very roomy.  An adult size bicycle helmet plus other goodies will fit in this bag.  For riding in the rain, they're made of coated cordura that is water repellent (for a few hours), with waterproof zippers, and includes an integrated rain cover that is bright yellow, which helps with visibility (yours/mine) on those rainy/cloudy days.  This bag holds a lot: tools, tubes, patch kits, homemade cable lock, rags, sunscreen/lip balm, TP (yes, sometimes it's needed), food, etc.  Oh, the bag is insulated, too.  On the back of the bag is a small, reflective strap that holds two Planet Bike Superflash Tail Lights.  Very handy.  Lots of interior mesh pockets and two side pockets with waterproof zippers.

This bag is handy around town, too.  With the strap that comes with the bag, I can carry it over my shoulder, if I need to.  Haven't had to yet, but I can if I want to, eh? (A little "Canadian speak", since this is a Canadian product.)  Some photos of the Arkel Tailrider Trunk Bag...



Attaches with 4 velcro straps

Bag expands...will hold an adult bicycle helmet

Large compartment with removable divider

Comes with a strap to carry the bag over the shoulder

Arkel bag mounted to a rear rack

Arkel bag with integrated rain cover

Another picture of the bag on a rear bicycle rack
The Silvio with the Arkel Tailrider Trunk Bag with two Planet Bike Superflash Tail Lights attached to the bag.
Below the bag, attached to the Jandd rack are three Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Tail Lights.
PROS:
-Large capacity
-Waterproof zippers
-Made of water repellent, coated cordura
-Integrated rain cover...bright yellow
-Expandable...it can hold an adult size bicycle helmet
-Insulated
-Attaches by 4 velcro straps
-Practically indestructible

CONS:
-None..unless carrying TOO much stuff is a negative for you.

SUMMARY:
This is, hands down, my choice for a rear rack bag.  It is roomy, colorful bag that's insulated and attaches firmly to the rear rack.  Arkel is a Canadian company and they make very good products.  Someone else would have to come along with a really great rack bag to get me to switch from Arkel.  If there's a downside to this bag, it's because I can carry a ton of stuff in it.  So, I have to think about my ride...where, how long, etc., and then decide just what needs to come along with me.  Seriously, however, this bag is tough, water repellent, and, with the bright yellow rain cover, it becomes waterproof.  I like it.  A lot.  While a bit pricey, this bag is worth spending the cash to get it.  Trying to win the Tour, but like to carry a bag in the off season?  Arkel has a randonneur rack that will fit on almost any bike and that rack will hold this bag.

Check out the video.  It shows the randonneur rack and the Tailrider bag...

Alright, a tune to exit with....and go get the Silvio.  Neil Young...appropriate, he's a Canadian, eh?  "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"...a good tune.  Also, a big Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court for announcing today that it upheld the Obama healthcare bill.  We need, and deserve, more than this, but I am happy for this start.  Soon, hopefully, the U.S. will follow Vermont and establish a single payer system.