B-Series manuel hook system



Hooking a pannier to your bike
Adjusting the system
Adjusting the lock
Adjusting the hooks
A few set-up examples





The Arkel hook system is a jewel of simplicity and reliability. We use aluminum, because plastic - as good and and high tech as it can be - will never compare. There are no parts that can break, and everything is adjustable with regular bicycle tool.

Hooking a pannier to the rack



Step 1: Engage the bottom wire-hook of the pannier to any part of the rear rack near the wheel axle.



Step 2:  Holding the rear rack and bicycle still with one hand, pull up the pannier until the hooks can be engaged on the rack. Make sure the hooks rest firmly on the rack tube, and are well seated.





Step 3:  Simply swivel the lock until it engages under the rack. The asymmetrical swivelling lock will adapt to any diameter of tubing. The lock will not disengage on its own and will safely hold the pannier in place no matter the terrain. The lock features no mechanical spring or tiny mechanism that can break. It will last forever!

Adjusting the system



It is possible to adjust the hooks and lock to custom fit your unique rack. You may want to do so to give more heel clearance for the panniers when you pedal, or to match the spacing of the struts on your rack. It's simple to do and the customization is infinite!

Adjusting the lock



If the swivel lock is stuck behind a rack strut, it should be moved clear to allow it to work properly.



Step 1: Using a 4 mm hex key (standard bike tool) reach for the screw in the middle of the lock.



Step 2: Unscrew a full turn (counter clockwise) or until it turns free. Slide the lock to the desired position and screw the lock back in place (half a turn clockwise or until very tight).

Adjusting the hooks



If any of the hooks rest over a perpendicular strut of the rack, they should be relocated. The hooks can also be located directly ahead or behind strut bars as so to keep the panniers from sliding on the rack during a bumpy road. Relocating the hooks can also supply a lot of heel clearance on bikes with limited space. Don't be afraid to experiment!



Step 1:  Using a 3 mm hex key (standard bike tool) reach for the set screw in the middle of the hook. Unscrew a full turn (counter clockwise) or until the screw turns free.



Step 2:  Slide the hook to the desired position (it can sometimes be done directly on the rack). Tighten the screw back in place, half a turn clockwise or until very tight.

A few set-up examples



This is the most common set-up. The widely spaced hooks offer lots of stability and are easy to hook on the rack. Very stable.



To add a bit of heel clearance, just slide the hooks so that the pannier ends up being further back. Do not overdo it unless necessary as too much weight far back can be felt in the bike handling.