I moved the rack and the trunk/panniers from "The Rig" to the Black Knight bike about two weeks ago. Before I did that, during rides I was getting a lot of flack (yells, curses, etc.) from cage drivers, plus a close carbuzz every week or so. You know the carbuzz - where they pass you so closely so as to make a point. Since I moved the rack and bags over, however, this has stopped. People are suddenly friendly, polite, say "Hi", offer water, and cars steer clear when I'm riding. The only change has been the installation of the bags. I'm still a big jerk and my riding style is like the Portlandia guy (except I don't use a whistle), but suddenly people are nice. Is it the bags? Maybe I look like a European tourist going cross-country on my bike and they want me to feel welcome? Sup with this??!?