I bought what was supposed to be Arkel GT-54 panniers from a guy on Craigslist for a very good price. When I recieved them it turns out they were TT-84 panniers, I guess that explains the good price.
My son will be big enough by next summer to go on some short tours with me, but isn't a strong enough rider to carry much gear (at the moment anyway). I was thinking if these wouldn't cause too much trouble on a regular bike, I might keep them and use them when he is with me to carry the majority of the gear. Has anyone tried using TT-84 panniers loaded on a regular bike? Should I try it or just try to get my money back and get something different?
Arkel TT-84 Site
Last edited by Braldar; 07-03-09 at 09:33 AM.
Different strokes, but lugging a pair of panniers that weigh 7 pounds empty seems like a bad idea to me. Personally I avoid all of the Arkels.
If your bike has 700c wheels and your rear rack is not a low rider (for example Tubus Logo compared to the Cargo) you will have no problems. If you have 26" wheels and / or a low rider rear rack or you aren't comfortable with your clearance from the ground you can easily remount the pannier hardware a couple of inches lower, which raises the mounted pannier.
Your biggest problem will be keeping yourself from taking too much junk because of TT84's enormous capacity - 84 liters (obviously). If you do take enough stuff for two people and you are a little heavy to boot, you will want to make sure that your real wheel is up to the task. I can't imagine that you'll need front panniers though.
But Arkels are indestructable.
Originally Posted by staehpj1
+1 on the weight. Too much for a bag.
And the T-84's are very heavy because they have lots of pockets, including a "Thermrest pocket" which is obviated / made obsolete by better pads that roll up much smaller. Exped Downmat / Synmat and Thermarest Neolite, for example.
Yeah, I"m not psyched with my GT54's because they are so heavy.
Still have those? I'd like to buy them if so. I can't track down a set anywhere.
Originally Posted by Braldar