Earlier this year, Thule acquired the rights to the bike carrier rack system from New Zealand company Freeload. Using the fully adjustable rack at the core of the new Pack 'n Pedal system, Thule created an entire modular pack collection that is perfect for the bike commuter or bike tourer looking to take all sorts of gear with them both on and off the bike.
The Freeload bike carrier rack can be fitted to either the fork or seat stay of your bike in just a matter of minutes. Incorporating a stainless steel ratchet pin and 25mm webbing, the Freeload rack requires no braze-ons or traditional mounting points and will clamp firmly to any frame shape or material. A rubberised foot provides a soft, paint-friendly contact point between the rack and your bike.
Hooking on to the racks, the weatherproof Thule Pack ’n Pedal bags come with small hard shell SafeZone compartments and separate computer storage, keeping your valuables safe and easily accessible. The pannier bags mount and release using a twisting closure system, with a magnet to hold the bag flat against the rack.
When off the bike, the mounts hide behind an aluminum panel, leaving nothing to scrape against your clothing or skin. Hidden backpack straps and comfortable handles make the Pack 'n Pedal bags easy to carry when off the bike. Compression buckles reduce the size of the bag when not fully loaded, while a sheer side pocket is perfect for housing a blinky light for extra visibility on your ride.
In addition to the front and rear rack system, the Pack ‘n Pedal range includes a circular handlebar attachment that can hold up to two of the various accessory bags such as an iPad/map holder. A roomy saddlebag uses elastic bands in place of a zipper for easy access. Inside the saddlebag you will find a tool organizer for quick access to your spare tubes, CO2 cartridge, multi-tool, money, and any other emergency items.
The Thule Pack 'n Pedal gear retails for $39 and up, currently available at select retailers.