In 2017 I messed up my fork and asked Eric to do some customization on it. While we were at it, we decided to do a rack as well. This is what we came up with.
For the past several years, Eric and I have been collaborating on integrated porteur and randonneur rack/bag combinations that yield a rock solid interface.
This rack/bag integrated collaboration is a result of years of successful projects.
There were to main design elements that were crucial for what I had in mind.
One was the platform would be 10" x 6". WHY? Because 99.9% of randonneur bags have a 10" x 6" footprint.
To the innocent bystander, the rack looks like a demi-porteur.
The asymmetrical platform horizontal supports were Eric's idea and they turned out great.
The second design element would be the wide and tall backstop. It's the full width of the rack.
This way it can support the full size of the bag.
There's a full width sleeve on the back of the rando bag.
This way, you can configure any style of rear pocket, never need a decaleur, and the overall product is rock solid.
Besides the two side release buckles for off-road extra security (these buckles aren't needed for most road riding), there are no straps connecting the bag to the rack.
Simple and effective.
I'm ready for the 2018 Randonneuring Season!
Thanks again to Eric at Winter Bicycles for making this all happen, I love my new rack!