Rixen & Kaul Freepack (wordy post)
While I await delivery of my NWT , I've been pondering commuting options. Part of this bike's job will be multimodal commuting. I previously had a Brompton which was great for this, but not so good for all of the other aspects of riding I enjoy. The aspect I miss most about the Brompton is the front carrier. It is such a convenient, well-designed setup.
A such, I am trying to come up with a similar alternative for my NWT. I have panniers which would work great, but I am leaning toward not having a rack to minimize folded size. Thus, I have been looking at the R&K Freepack City (http://www.klickfix.de/index.php?mod=12&lang=en) to use for commuting duty. I wanted to probe the collective experience of the Foldosphere and see if any one has used one.
I have been using the Freepack Meta II for about 3 years on my Dahon Curve SL. I usually ride with it behind the saddle but when I put more weight inside I like to put the bag upfront on the handlepost using a klickfix Caddy adapter. Honestly, I don't think I could live without it - it is that useful and extremely well made. One negative thing is it's weight - it's little heavy because of the steel bar that is built into it that attaches to the klickfix adapter.
I've been using the Freepack City (slightly smaller than the Freepack Meta) on my Dahon Curve D3 for 3.5 years and it's fabulous! Mine is attached to the frame by means of a Klickfix adapter as Jerry mentioned (the Curve handlepost is a bit flexy so I prefer to attach it to the bike frame). I usually carry a laptop in the bag and I use an Ortlieb laptop sleeve to protect it. Beware, the maximum weight you can carry is 5kg!
I was looking into the Klickfix range and the one thing making me hesitate in getting one was that the maximum recommended loads seemed to be a bit low, i.e. around 4 or 5kg. I wondered if I'd end up damaging them or my frame.
I've been consistently carrying between 4 and 5kg without damage so far. However I suggest replacing the screw that comes with the Klickfix adapter with a longer one (it is a bit too short in my opinion) and check once in a while that it is not loose.
Originally Posted by chagzuki
Thanks for the replies! I have a Freepack City on order. It sounds like it should fill the void left after I sold my Brompton.
I've used a Rixen Kaul backpack on the front and back of my Xootr Swift but I didn't like what it did to the balance of the bike. They are heavier than a normal backpack and because of their stiffened back, not very comfortable to carry for prolonged periods. It would also help if the R/K seat post bracket was quick release so that it could be removed when the bike is folded.
Last edited by Paul Braithwait; 01-24-12 at 09:00 AM.
Their Vario rack would let you use an existing back pack, and tie it
or something else you wish to carry onto that ..
I have a messenger bag, that has a waist belt, happens to snap onto
the Brompton front carrier frame, in somewhat the same manner..
option: to wear the bag when added carry space is required..