a weblog of my veggie powered cycling adventures



my Cannonale F400 and BOB Ibex pre-departure

Over the years I have amassed, worn out, extended with, and enjoyed quite a lot of kit to go alongside my bikes. 

Yakima Big Tow
In 2006 I acquired a pre-loved Yakima Big Tow trailer for cycle touring — I came very close to choosing a set of Arkel Extreme Mountain (XM-45) panniers (my Cannondale F400 does not have mounts for a front rack, and skewer mount racks were not available at the time). I used this on a few tours, before replacing this with a Bob Ibex suspection trailer.

Bob Ibex & CELLO case
In May 2007 I replaced the Big Tow with a Bob Ibex. The impetus for this was moving (home) from Canada to Australia, and wanting to take my F400 with me. Josh Lipton of Wandertec had created a CELLO case that would fit both a trailer and bike, and in consultation with him I traded the Big Tow for the Ibex as it was compatible with his design. I went with the Ibex, as I thought it would be more suited to trail touring — my experiences with a rigid trailer was that they had a tendency to bounce on uneven terrain.

The CELLO works well as a case, and it has travelled from Canada to Australia 3 times (twice by plane, once by boat) and twice from Australia to Canada (plane) — read my review.

Arkel panniers
I purchased my firest Arkel pannier, a tail rider trunk bag, back in 2006. I found it immensly useful companion to a trailer, allowing segregation of specific items for ease of access. In many ways, I use it like a handlebar bag for an MTB. I plan to couple this with a Randonneur seat post rack.

In 2007 I sourced a Briefcase for community work. This is a long pannier (front to back), requiring a longer wheel base bike and the rear rack set far back for those with big feet. In 2010 I added a single GT-18, followed by a set of GT-54s and a Big Bar bag in 2011.

I stuck with Arkel as they were made in Canada, of exceptional quality, 

Garmin Edge 200
In late 2012 I added a Garmin Edge 200 (I was looking for a cycle computer with a rechargable battery — they were surpisingly difficult to come by). The onle GarminConnect service produces some nice metrics, including mapping and elevation charts.