Author Topic: Paniers vs. Trailer  (Read 3179 times)

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Offline awcscot

Paniers vs. Trailer
« on: April 07, 2016, 03:21:29 pm »
I notice most people use paniers, however, I am leaning toward a trailer.

I'd like to hear some pros and cons re both options.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2016, 04:19:45 pm »
The ACA has a number of articles on this subject. They sum it up this way:

Panniers excel on paved-road riding and single-wheel trailers are at their best on rough, unpaved terrain, but both can work well for nearly all types of touring. Personal preference is the ultimate arbiter.

Here are a few articles to get you thinking:

If you trip includes travel by air or bus or train, a trailer may involve extra effort and/or expense.

Obviously, if your bike won't take panniers well (full carbon, short chainstays, no fittings, etc.), you will probably use a trailer.

The ultralight people will say the answer is "neither".

For me, I go with the wisdom of crowds.

This is more religion than science.


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Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2016, 07:43:25 am »
Note that a two-wheeled trailer can cause problems when there are rumble strips.

Offline awcscot

Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2016, 11:04:46 am »
Good input.  I will be shipping my bike and gear back to Colorado from Washington.

I think panniers win.

Offline BikePacker

Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2016, 12:41:51 pm »
Have used both (i.e., single wheel trailer) for paved riding.
All factors, for me, considered, prefer panniers.

Offline DaveB

Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2016, 01:48:11 pm »
If you do enough reading you will find this is one of the more contentious issues among bike tourists with both sides eagerly (and sometimes heatedly) defending why their choice is better.  It's in the Ford vs Chevy and Shimano vs Campy style of argument.