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Old 10-08-04, 06:44 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KCMO
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Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, converted for touring/commuting. 1984 Raleigh Team USA road bike.

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Hey rnagaoka, I can appreciate your struggle trying to get into your rear bags while carring ANYTHING on your rear rack. I had a set of Cannondale rear panniers that I actually put on the front rack and a set of Performance rear panniers that I had on the rear rack. The Cannondales open from the side but the Performance bags open from the top. I had a tough time getting in them with a sleeping bag and tent on top. I just bought a set of Arkel front panniers. I really like them. I plan to pick up a set of Arkel rear panniers in a couple of weeks (I have to save a little more money). I like the side entry of the Arkel bags. That was the biggest reason I didn'd go with top load. They say the top load bags are "more waterproof". I need a couple of rain covers. I like them though.
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