So Xtracycle had a sale in February and I decided to stimulate the sagging economy by buying one of everything. Actually, they had a good deal on their "Adventure Racks" that I had been wanting to get so I could use my panniers instead of their "Free Loader" bags. It was a package deal that included an aluminum "TekDeck" and "Whatchamacollars" which are nice additions as well. If you don't know what these things are and are curious go here. Anyway, I think these things have lightened my rear triangle a bit. In fact, with the "Whatchamacollars" I don't need the "TecDeck" unless I want a place to put more stuff or for someone to sit. So all I carry is one or two panniers but can add two more if needed. And they're waterproof for the upcoming Spring.
I threw in a stoker bar as a present for Sal's 5th birthday. I think he'll like it judging by his reaction so far.