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    Ah!*

    That is an impressive price differential. That makes the Arkel 3.5x more expensive (comparing a 2 bag purchase) than the Transit EPIC DX that I have, and ~2x as expensive as the Ortlieb Back Roller.

    Thanks mstone! Hmmmmmmm.

    Any bikeshop that might be lurking actually have these in inventory (Bikehouse which is listed on the Arkel website did not have them yesterday)

    *Confirmed: Arkel is selling as a single, and is measured as a single. The Back Roller is measured as a pair. The Transit EPIC DX isnt perfectly clear, but the specs uses the plural panniers so I assume they mean both. Comparing Apples to half-apples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    * I also notice that the Ortlieb is the brand that REI is featuring (I tend to like the REI stuff)
    I like buying at REI if they have something I want just because of the excellent return policy. I don't want to be that guy that brings something back after 3 months, but it's nice to know I can. Not to mention the dividend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    That is an impressive price differential. That makes the Arkel 3.5x more expensive (comparing a 2 bag purchase) than the Transit EPIC DX that I have, and ~2x as expensive as the Ortlieb Back Roller.
    Well, I think the key is the target market. Arkel's commuter bag, they assume people will run singly and it's optimized for that (carrying function, etc.). Their non-commuting panniers come in pairs: http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...g-panniers.htm (you know you want all those pockets )

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    Oooh! Those are nice. But what the hell does this mean???

    for lighter credit card touring
    Is that an ELITE Cyclist way of saying you're staying at the hotel, not packing a tent

    I had looked at the GT-54's and just laughed. Pockets good but someone is drinking too much coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post


    Is that an ELITE Cyclist way of saying you're staying at the hotel, not packing a tent
    Not only that (ditching the tent and sleeping bag) but often eating at restaurants and avoiding carrying food.


    For real light credit card touring, buy new clothing every evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post

    Is that an ELITE Cyclist way of saying you're staying at the hotel, not packing a tent
    Crabon fiber credit cards. Saves you at least a gram!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    Is that an ELITE Cyclist way of saying you're staying at the hotel, not packing a tent
    ELITE cyclists have a support team, and can't mount panniers on their carbon bikes anyway. But yes, the implication is that you're not carrying a tent & a lot of food, you're not going to be in a really hostile environment, and you're probably not going to spend days in the rain.

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