I find it is easier for me to design for a rack with the actual product in front of me, rather than knowing the dimensions and applying them to a program such as Solidworks. I decided to take a trip to Halford's to purchase one for the use of this project, however I found looking at older products on the market very interesting.
Before knowing the capacities of putting storage on the back, I wanted to put the storage on the front because I felt it would give the owner the piece of mind of seeing their pet is well. I find it hard to imagine that cyclists are comfortable using children's trailers without being able to see their child. After seeing the 'fuel tank' in Halford's and the image of a phone on the top tube I thought about maybe having a mirror or camera in this position to keep an eye on the pet in a CCTV-type style.
I was interested to see an alternative pannier racking system by the company MTX. Instead of using straps around the generic system, it used a slotting mechanism instead. As this was a more sophisticated solution, it was one you had to 'buy into'. By that I mean, the initial racking system was double the price of the average pannier rack and all the accessories you would purchase with it had to make sure were compatible with the new system. It reminded me of the Apple trap where all chargers, systems and software are different and do not work within other systems as Google and Android. I wondered whether to decide
I also looked at generic racks and accessories for panniers.
I looked at more storage options and the more stylized models that would suit my target market.
I have brought a pannier rack to work on for sketch models. It has already got a four-legged friend interested.
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