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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, UK
Bikes: 1975 Dawes Super Galaxy 531 tubes, 1998 Condor Squadra
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I have basically exactly the set up you've been looking into; an Arkel Bug and a Blackburn rack. The Arkel is superb at holding different things because of the pockets at the front, side and the main compartment has a plastic backplate to reinforce it.
I cycle to school with all my books, laptop, lunch, change of clothes, I have large feet so school shoes go on top of rack in a bag! It's mega easy to get used to the weight on one side like the others said. I also got the rain cover to go with it which has been useful and you can just store it in this small pocket when its not it use. The hooking system is brilliant because I could adjust it so its far back to accommodate my large feet and is easy to take on and off. And lastly the bag is comfy as a rucksack to, the hooks and everything don't get in the way at all.
This post is probs a bit too late but hey, it might be not!