Later this fall, Arkel is coming out with two new bags specifically designed for commuters: the Metropolitan (Metro) and the Metropolitan Handlebar Bag (Metro HBB).
The Metro is a convertible bag, along the lines of the popular “Bug” (see my review here). On the bike it’s a pannier that uses Arkel’s excellent Cam-lock attachment system, but off the bike it quickly converts to a brief/messenger-style bag. The fact that it looks more professional and non-descript than the Bug is a plus for those that work in a conservative office environment. I’ll have a full review of the Metro later this year.
Other changes for the coming year include a few cosmetic changes to the T42 pannier, a new, more subdued, color- scheme for the Bug (grey/black), 4 new colors for the seat bag (red, silver, yellow, tangerine), and subtle improvements to the Cam-lock hook system.
All of the above will be available for the coming Christmas season.
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