Join Date: Aug 2004
Bikes: road bike, mountain bike, touring bike
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Michael... That is pretty cool. Unfortunately the prices are in euro's so it would seem that a North American supplier would be much easier for all of us on this side of the pond. I also love the Arkel hooks and if I ever attach hooks, it would probably be them. They are a simple two bolt attachment as well, so it seems just as easy. Actually, the webbing was better than I thought it would be. Not as easy as a hook system but secure and lighter weight. They also require that you place them correctly the first time, since there is no adjustability asside from ripping them out and reattaching them.
Mshattuck... I mentioned you could use a different attachment system but did not on my pair. More pics can be found on my photobucket site (along with a buch of other crap) http://photobucket.com/albums/y23/tbdesigns/
The pair in those pictures are my first pair and are saddle bags with a different stuff sack. They are a touch smaller as well. I realy don't know the volume of these. Maybe they are 1000 cu in each wich puts them in line with a front pannier. I liked the adjustable lid, which makes them very expandable. Granted, I pack small, but they are as big as I need them for an overnighter and beyond. When you make things yourselft, you can make them as big or as small as you like. I have never used or owned a factory built pair, so I can not compare them to anything.