|Julio and the rack he just installed with the bag|
This bike rack is tilted up, which means that my center of gravity will be a bit high, whereas my ordered one would have been straight, but it's a lot better than not going. It just means I have to take it easy during the first descents to get a feel for the bike with loaded bags, and also I shouldn't be trashing it about out of the saddle too much because there will be a lot of weight to 'dance' with.
Surprisingly, after filling the bags with all the gear I was planning on taking, I found out that first of all, everything fits (!) and second, I'm within the 9 kilo weight limit of the rack - amazing for someone who is not known to pack light. Maybe I'll win that 'Minke' award (named after a very efficiently packing friend with a penchant for hiking trips across deserted places with a backpack carrying supplies, food etc, for at least a week) after all then...
|Fully packed bags...ready to roll!|