Greetings, my friends.
Today, I come to you with a specific question about mounted bicycle racks. Thankfully, most of my questions about racks have been answered by reading past threads in this forum, but one point remains unclear in my mind.
What exactly are the advantages of getting bicycle racks with "platforms" on top of them? It seems that most rear racks have a top platform to some extent, so this question mostly applies to front racks. Obviously, the purpose of such platforms is to provide more places to store your gear besides in your panniers.
So, exactly what type of gear would be ideal to store on such platforms instead of in panniers? I've seen some people storing their sleeping bags or tents on such systems; tents in their covers I can understand, but if I'm getting a down sleeping bag, I'd want to keep it in my waterproof pannier, right??
Basically, I'm trying to figure out if there's a good enough reason for me to aim for racks with platforms, or if I should mostly expect to store my gear inside my panniers. Thanks for your feedback!