Are Panniers Necessary?

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by aci196, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. aci196

    aci196 New Member

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    I'm planning a trip round Spain this Spring. I'd like to take as little as possible and not too bothered about taking loads of excess clothes etc so figure I might get away with a 38 ltr rucsac on my back.

    Is this going to cause loads of problems? I'm pretty fit so the weight shouldn't be to much of a problem. I'm not yet sure where the tent will go (if I take one).

    Any thoughts? Suggestions?

    Cheers :eek:
     
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  2. crazney

    crazney New Member

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    If you like riding vertically the whole time, struggling to keep the weight comfortable and enjoy a sweaty back, sure - go for it.

    If not, grab yourself a pair of panniers.

    David.
     
  3. Cheesy

    Cheesy New Member

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    It's much more pleasant riding without a backpack. You are much more likely to get a sore bum with a backpack as well. It's definitely possible, but if you're planning on riding for more than a week I highly recommend getting the weight off your back somehow.
     
  4. denisegoldberg

    denisegoldberg New Member

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    You'll be a lot more comfortable with your minimal gear carried on your bike. If you're not carrying a lot of weight you can easily get buy with a rear rack and panniers.
     
  5. bicyforev

    bicyforev New Member

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    It is a little more dangerous as the center of gravity is elevated. Think of it this way - if the weight on your back shifts as you cycle, it's harder to keep your balance with the rucksack than it is with a pannier.
     
  6. Blackberry

    Blackberry New Member

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    If you don't wan't panniers, check out some options at www.wallbike.com or www.rivbike.com. Both sell saddlebags of various sized in the great British touring tradition. The bags are practical, waterproof, and kool in a retro kind of way. You won't have to carry the load on your back and you can choose from a variety of sizes. Enjoy your ride!
     
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