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'Bulk' is mostly about whether all of your luggage will fit in your bags. ie is the volume of your luggage less than the capacity of your bags. So it depends on how much stuff you want to take, and how big your panniers are. Aerodynamics doesn't really matter for touring. Unless you are cycling rather fast, or it is very windy. Usually the weight of your ...


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Yes, it's common. Many low rider racks come with oversize U bolts specifically for this purpose, and the better ones bolt on to the brake posts like the Old Man Mountain rack shown below. If you're really lucky your suspension fork will have mounts for standard low-rider racks already (that's very rare though). There are a few caveats. First, try to put ...


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I'd go with a couple of bungee cords, maybe the adjustable-length ones. That's probably going to be more versatile and adaptable than something more specialized. There are some flat adjustable bungees, like these: http://www.amazon.com/ROK-Straps-Adjustable-Loop-Thru-BLACK/dp/B008ETMV8I That particular type is attached on either side such that you can ...


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Get the rack first or get them together. You need the panniers to attach solid. Not all racks have the same places to attach. I have Surly Ortleib combo but that is like $200. An over the top design like this gives you more storage. And you could lash some stuff and maybe skip the panniers. Those two little tabs on the bottom are nice for lashing. ...


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Racks specific for front suspension are not so common and there are questions often raised about the handling effects. Personally I have a Tubus Swing rack on my Giant XTC 2 and have found that works well, but then I am not a technical off road rider :). On the downside I believe that Tubus have stopped making the Swing so it may be harder to find. That ...


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http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/campaigns/thule-packnpedal/thule-pack-n-pedal Fits pretty much any bike, front or rear, with or without suspension. Adding the side rails gives you lower center of gravity.


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I have an Old Man Mountain Pioneer mounted on a Cannondale Fifty-Fifty (Headshock Fatty suspension forks). I use Ortlieb Front Roller Plus panniers. I do pack the panniers with light items only (Therm-a-rest mattresses, sleeping bag, clothes). I don't have a handlebar-bag, I use the left side front pannier for that. I chose the OMM Pioneer design for two ...


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Edit: Front pannier rack for suspension fork Load on wheel or on frame: Front rack mounted on the suspension fork Front rack mounted on the frame I'm not sure if there is a preference between the two. Anyway, the latest recommendation for loaded touring is to have wide balloon tyres, research shows they give better comfort vs. suspension forks. ...


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Tenba, Ape, Timbuktu and a number of other camera bag manufacturers' sell the inserts used in their bags separately. Do a search on Amazon for 'camera bag insert'. These fit well inside Ortlieb Office Panniers. However, most of these inserts are limited to carrying a standard DSLR without a vertical battery grip. Like other water-resistant panniers, it takes ...


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You could sew your own patches on using canvas and high-strength thread. They even sell kevlar thread that's useful for this type of thing. If it were my panniers and I prefer strong-but-ugly, then I would cut up an old inner tube and use those as my patch materials. There's a very strong contact cement called Pliobond that you can use to glue pretty much ...


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Cool bike but that is a race bike. Consider a bike that is designed for a load. Look at the seat stay on the Roubaix. That bike is not designed to take a load behind the seat. Putting a rack on Roubaix is like putting a trailer hitch on a Ferrari - it has the horsepower but it was not designed for the load. If you are set on a race bike for commuting ...


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You have the seat stay mounts on the frame (those are the two thin tubes that go from the rear wheel drop outs to the top of the seat tube). What you need is mounts on the rear wheel drop outs. Typically, they are part of the dropout and/or frame. In your case, you have none. That being said, the P-Clips and Tubus Clamps will not be useful. The Tubus ...


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Here is another take on "bulk". At the time I completed the tour this photo was taken on I was using a home made quilt as my sleeping "bag". The quilt is the item in the blue/gray Sea to Summit dry bag sitting on top of the Extrawheel Voyager trailer. Now the quilt is not that heavy but it is clearly quite bulky taking up a lot of space, so much space that ...


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I have the exact same setup: On the end of the bag, I clipped it to the panniers using the built-in clips, as you're doing, but I would not trust this to keep the bag stationary. I just bought one of those big containers of bungee cords of different lengths from Canadian Tire, and used the two shortest ones to go around the bag's middle. It looks like I ...


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I really like my "Shoulder it" pannier bag by Ortlieb, it was very convenient for commuting to and carrying inside the university. I even carry it sometimes when I'm not on a bike, though it's not so comfortable on clip-on side. Check out their Racktime series, there are other convertibles there, including backpacks.


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I just watched the video that was posted for the Axiom racks - brilliant! I'm in a similar situation: I need a new road bike, have been eyeing up higher end carbon bikes, I have the opportunity to commute 20km each way to work (with a secure place to store my bike while I work), want to use the time as training time, don't want to use an old clunker when I ...


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If your bicycle and riding style will permit it, I would certainly recommend getting "proper" fenders / mudguards which are close to the wheel and cover it a good portion of the way round. These will do the best job at keeping spray away from you and from the rest of the bike. You say old standard frame - so that sounds like it may well have the right ...


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I have the Timbuk2 Especial Viaje convertible backpack/pannier which I use to commute with my work laptop, a MBP 15" Retina. It uses the same rack-attachment hardware as the current edition of the Timbuk2 Shift. That hardware has broken 4 times in my ~8 months of owning the bag. Timbuk2 has been good about sending replacement hardware, but it's still not fun ...


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Yes but there are questions often raised about the handling effects and the way they are mounted. My understanding is that the approach taken with the Tubus Swing which I have is considered less optimal than the approach adopted by Old Man Mountain illustrated above. That said I have a Tubus Swing rack on my Giant XTC 2 and have found that it works well, ...



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