Interbike Dispatch: Thule Pack-N-Go racks and panniers

By Adam Newman

Long known for its huge chunk of the auto rack market, and having successfully launched a line of luggage in the past few years, the natural next move for Thule was to combine the two with a series of racks and bag for bikes.

If the rack system looks familiar, it’s because Thule purchased the company Freeload, which designed these racks to mount to any bike, even with out eyelets. They can attach to frame tubes or even suspension forks.

The new Thule Pack-N-Go pannier system features an ingenious attachment system that rotates to hooks to disengage from the rails when you lift the handle, then the hooks flip back inside the bag to reveal a slick alloy plate that keeps the hooks from snagging on you clothing when off the bike. The bottom of the bag is secured to the bike by a magnet for a clean off-bike look.


Available in small (25 liters) and large (32 liters), the bags will be available in the spring. Both will retail for $120 with the large aimed at touring cyclists and the small for commuters.

At the other end of your bike, this handlebar mount is equipped to handle a range of accessories from small to large for touring and commuting. This small pack has a window for your smart phone, and the clam-shell opening is secured with a magnet.


There’s even an iPad case for use while riding with mapping software or for watching movies while riding a stationary trainer. 


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