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otek aerocarrier

otek aerocarrier

those of us watching the first week's italian shenanigans at the giro d'italia will probably not have noted one of the major differences between racing cyclists and the average, or not so average, commuter. aside from the speed (i seriously doubt there are many (if any) commuting cyclists who return a 42kph average speed), i'm also not referring to the bicycles. much as i think it to be overkill, in my opinion, there are way too many heading to work and the shops on formula one carbon fibre.

otek aerocarrier

i'd like to say that the professional peloton has more vehicles following than a queue at oxford street's traffic lights, but sometimes that seems less true than i'd like it to be. but while we're discussing those following cars, they come in remarkably handy when riders need to divest themselves of unwanted armwarmers, rainjackets and overshoes, or find a pressing need to supply their team-mates with bottles. in other words, those cars are the fast person's equivalent of a rack and panniers.

meanwhile, back in the real world, following team cars are a luxury few of us can afford, either financially or pragmatically. yet, quite frequently, stuff has to be carried; it's not solely the professional elite who need to either don, or remove, waterproof jackets, but it's definitely not the professional who is compelled to fit a flashing rear light, or carry a sturdy lock to prevent theft at the designated feedstation. but simply because there is no contract burning a hole in one of those three rear pockets, does not mean that we're happy to ignore bicycle aesthetics as part of the demands luggage places upon our position in the velocipedinal firmament.

otek aerocarrier

at one point in time, the blackburn alloy rear rack was the staple accessory of both touring and commuting cyclists. its sturdy construction and light weight provided for the majority of the necessities listed on the box-ticking form. the flat base allowed for goods to be strapped to the top of the rack, while the rounded alloy framework easily accommodated any panniers that might prove necessary. but, with no disrespect intended towards the manufacturer, its form factor was very much in the functional arena, with seemingly scant regard to aesthetics.

otek aerocarrier

and fitting a blackburn rack often meant owning a bicycle with suitable braze-ons and a spare hour or so to cope with the inevitable allen bolt faffing. modern-day pragmatism demands that not only should cargo facilities be simple to attach to a wholly unsuitable bicycle, but should do so to most any bicycle you care to mention.

that is where romain duez and his partner enter the fray, with a cleverly and stylishly conceived rear rack, as easily attached to tao geoghegan hart's red and black pinarello as it could be to my ritchey logic. the aerocarrier attaches to both the seatpost and the seatstays, via extendable arms and stay mounted brackets. its geometrically advanced design features a lockable rear top panel, allowing valuables to be safely stowed, if and when the bicycle is left in a public place. the flat top section can carry sizeable items, held in place by a retractable strap and the ability to accept side panniers from the majority of manufacturers.

otek aerocarrier

according to romain, the aerocarrier weighs a mere 700 grammes, yet is capable of carrying up to a 25kg load. and since we, unlike the professionals, are frequently to be found riding after the hours of darkness, the rear of the carrier provides a sculpted slot onto which a flashing rear light can be attached. as with many a contemporary product, bringing the aerocarrier to market costs a tad more cash than romain and partner, inga, happen to have available, so they, like many, have rsesorted to kickstarter, which, as you well know, means an opportunity to get in on the ground floor with regard to pricing and availability. as ever, the link is pixeled below. you know the drill.

otek aerocarrier

friday 17 may 2019

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