Looking for recommendations/confirmation on racks and panniers for my new Gunnar Grand Tour bike. I plan to do a few unsupported and supported tours per year of 1-2 week duration, perhaps longer, and may do a TA in 2014.
Considering Tubus Tara Low Rider front and Cargo Evo rear racks with Orlieb Front Roller (25L) or Sport Packer (30L), Bike-Packer or Roller (50) and Medium (7L) handle bar bag. I am thinking Front Roller as 82 L total capacity seems like plenty (too much?...don't want to be tempted to over pack), but I have no experience packing for tours longer than a week. I would use just the front or rear for lighter touring.
The Packer's inner compartments may be a convenience. The Roller doesn't need to be completely filled, which may prevent over packing (less weight)...and probably overs the best protection against the elements. Is it just a matter of preference?
Both panniers are offered as Classic (nylon fabric / Q1 mounting) or Plus (Cordura fabric / Q2 mounting). On websites the Cordura fabric looks nicer to me, not as shiny as nylon? Again just a matter of personal preference?
Anything else I should consider? Also, is http://www.cyclocamping.com
a reliable supplier?
Thanks for your help....HWP