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Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: October 16, 2008, 09:18:20 am »
Those look great! unfortunately I've already got my 4lbs tent for less than $100. I wish I could've seen these before!

Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: October 14, 2008, 10:18:46 am »
Thanks to all for the helpful information. I finally made my purchase and I ended up getting a set of Nashbar Panniers from Abaxo (ebay) for about $40. Great deal! I received them, they are very spacious and easy to install to the rack. I carried a six pack of beer bottles on each to try them, I'm sure I can carry more weight. I'll be using the MEC Sil/Pu Pack Liners to put inside the panniers to protect my stuff, they're very cheap and waterproof.

I'll probably buy two Waterproof panniers from the same seller ($35) for the front and I think I'll be set.

I bought the Topeak Explorer MTX rack at a bike shop and it worked fine too. It was a hassle installing it but we got it.

Now, I just have to buy the two front racks for the front panniers.

As far as equipment, I'm not concerned with brands or fancyness. My main concern is safety, comfort and saving money. I'll be getting out of the military a few months before the trip so I'm trying to find the most affordable & reliable equipment out there&since I'll be jobless during and after the trip. I've done A LOT of research and found some awesome deals&and this is why I'm here asking questions, everyone's advice is very helpful.

Thanks again! I'll be asking more questions.

Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: October 02, 2008, 08:10:52 am »

How good are these with rain?

Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: September 30, 2008, 02:51:43 pm »
I was looking at the following cause I'm trying to save some money on panniers. Can anyone tell me if they think these would be good for TransAm (May 09 start date)? I have a Trek 7.2 FX bike. I dont know if these are good enough. I'm afraid cheaper ones might tear.

Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: September 30, 2008, 09:06:51 am »
Thanks for all the info, it was very helpful!

Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: September 25, 2008, 10:27:12 am »
Sorry, I forgot to mention, we'll start from Astoria, OR all the way to VA. And probably in May of 09.

Also one thing I forgot to ask, does anyone know of a 3 person tent that'll be good to use to take on the bike?

Thanks to all!

Gear Talk / Racks & Panniers
« on: September 25, 2008, 08:37:01 am »
Hi everyone, I'm pretty new here and we'll be doing the TransAm route next summer. I was thinking of getting some Arkel panniers online. Does anyone know if these would be ok for rain?

Also, should I go to a bike shop and get racks or is it ok to buy them online? and what should I buy first, the racks or the panniers?

Another thing I'm concerned about is weather and clothes. Especially during the colder areas, what minimal clothing (type) do you guys recommend for those areas, I mean what type of fabric for colder areas? I'll be taking a jacket that'll be good for snow/cold/wind and rain but I'm a little concerned about pants. Any suggestions/advice?

Thank you! I'll be posting more questions, this is my first trip :)

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