falling out of love with CrossRack + bag
maybe this is of more general interest, but I haven't heard of many non-Xootr customers using the CrossRack so I thought I'd put it here.
I was excited to pick up the CrossRack + bag given the description on the Xootr website. And when I first got it, it seemed like a terrific setup. Over time, though, I've become much less enamored with it:
1. if your seat isn't perfectly straight -- as is sometimes likely to happen given the Swift's pull-out-the-seatpost folding structure -- the CrossRack easily gets off-center and can do weird things to your balance, especially at high speeds.
2. also when you need to fold the bike, the CrossRack with much of anything in the bag makes it difficult to lift the seatpost out. so you either have to take the bag off the rack or detach the pieces. The latter takes a lot of finger stretch, and the former while not difficult is a pain esp. because I worry I will lose the clip that holds the bag in place.
3. not to mention the clip that holds the bag in place is completely necessary. even a small bump can send the CrossRack bag flying (as has happened to me too many times).
4. maybe this is not a huge problem for taller people, but with my inseam (29") the CrossRack bag is hard to fit without creating heelstrike or digging into my admittedly-fat thighs.
5. even though at first I though the CR bag was a cool design, I don't like not having compartments.
so I've removed the CrossRack and installed a regular Topeak rack so I can use my DXP bag with it. I ended up having to set it back a ways to avoid heelstrike, but I think it is going to work out well. if not, i'll report back.