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How much are you carrying? That will have a major effect on what packing scheme works best. I find that when going moderately light (15-20 pound base) I like to go with front panniers only. With a little more (20-25 pound base) I go with front panniers and the tent on the rear rack. If I were to go heavy again I'd use 4 panniers
It is nearly a month since this woman posted her initial question, and she has yet to decide even the type of bike she should buy. I suggested she concentrate on that....
In Scandinavian countries you are typically allowed to have 5-6 weeks of vacation (25-30 working days). I mean paid vacation. And you get it from day 1 and everybody is entitled - even people without any sort of education.
That sounds great - and most Americans would love that.
But personal income taxes are at 50-60%. So yes, at least half of your pay check goes straight to the state. And gasoline costs 7,60 dollars a gallon at the pump. And 1 kWh costs the equivalent of 40 cents. I guess that all systems have advantages and disadvantages.
Uh-oh, did I just feed the obsession?Haha You sure did!
I agree that if you are buying a new bike for touring, your best bet is to buy a touring bike. But if you look for a bike that will do everything well, you'll never buy a bike at all, or you'll have a bike that will do nothing well.