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Under Test: Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Tour Rack

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Attaching a rack to a bike that lacks the necessary fittings often requires a bit of creativity or jury-rigging. For some setups, no amount of p-clamps, zip-ties, or duct tape can compensate for a rack-hostile design. Thule’s Pack ‘n Pedal Tour rack eschews conventional rack fittings for ratcheting straps that work with virtually any bicycle from full suspension mountain bikes to commuters and everything in between.

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Under Test: Arkel Seatpacker Bags

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Bikepacking-style seat bags are great for carrying bulky items, but many bags are prone to sagging and swaying. Arkel’s Seatpacker bags feature integrated racks that provide additional support and stability, but can be quickly removed by flipping the rack’s quick-release lever. The Canadian company offers 9L and 15L versions, which retail for $199.95 and $219.95, respectively.

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Under Test: Blackburn Chamber HV Floor Pump

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If you have a mountain, plus, or fat bike, you probably dread pumping up the tires. Road-style floor pumps may be great for low-volume, high pressure tires, but they can be a pain for inflating larger tires. Designed for high-volume tires, Blackburn’s new Chamber HV floor pump maxes out at 50 psi, features an oversized shaft for extra durability, and a 47-inch hose to reach valves in stands or car racks.

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