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Offline gusriley

Tandem Tour Equipment
« on: October 11, 2003, 06:26:01 pm »
We're planning a Trans AM trip in the future.  We'll be taking our Cannondale RT3000.  We have already purchased a BOB Yak Trailer.  Now we're wondering which panniers would work best...front, back or both.  We're sort of leaning toward front panniers only; we feel this would take some of the load off the back wheel/tire. We're not sure we'll have enough storage space for two people with this arrangement. Any ideas here?
  We're also toying with replacing the stoker's crank set (Ultegra 9 speed) with an XT or XTR crank set in an effort to gain more Granny gear capability.  The rear hub, cassette (12-35/37 or so)and derailleur are already XTR components.  Is this a worthwhile goal?  We're not a super strong team, but we have the endurance needed.

Offline pmspirito

Tandem Tour Equipment
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2003, 02:00:32 am »
I am not a fan of trailers.  However, the only type of panniers, duffle bags, etc to use, need to be like the Vaude or Nashbar roll top waterproof type.  If your pannier comes with or requires a rain cover plan on your gear getting wet.  

Roll top dry bags are also available thru kayak and camping suppliers.  

With a roll top pannier or dry bag you will never have to pack your gear in garbage bags or have wet gear.

I have a recumbent with a front set of Nashbar Panniers tucked under the seat, and a rear set on the rear rack. Vertically behind the seat I have a dry bag with my thermo-rest mattress and my full size pillow.  I have got to have my pillow.

best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

Offline gusriley

Tandem Tour Equipment
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2003, 03:28:14 pm »
Thanks for the pannier advice pmspirito, we'll look into the roll tops as you suggest.  

Offline biker_james

Tandem Tour Equipment
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2003, 07:47:29 am »
The one reason not to go with roll top panniers is accessability. You have to dig through the whole thing to get things out. I have Arkel panniers, and love them even though they are not "waterproof". Only once have I found anything wet in them, and that was from riding in a lot of standing water on the highway in a downpour. Non waterproof bags do breathe some, so anything wet going in has some chance to dry out, unlike in waterproof bags.
I would agree with your reasoning of using only front bags with the trailer, as you will have enough weight on the rear already.You may not need to replace the crankset to get the gears you want- my touring bike (not tandem) I changed the chain rings out, going from 52/42/30 to 48/39/24. You will appreciate having lower gears at some point I'm sure.

Offline gusriley

Tandem Tour Equipment
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2003, 09:32:47 pm »
...going from 52/42/30 to 48/39/24. You will appreciate having lower gears at some point I'm sure.

Thanks for the ring change advice!  I have no idea why I wasn't thinking in that direction :confuse:. It certainly would be cheaper!  

The panniers will take some serious shopping, before we decide on a type.

Offline bikerken

Tandem Tour Equipment
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2004, 07:45:31 pm »
Hi, I just saw your posting from last year on the forum. We have done some touring with our tandem and I think you are on the right track for lower gears. I swapped out the stock stoker's crank for a touring crank with 48-36-24 rings. That was a must. I have since bought a Race Face MTB crank with 42-32-22 rings that I plan on using next time. It provides about 10% lower gear and, with the 34 tooth cog in back it should make grinding out the long climbs more bearable. We use the Ortlieb dry-bag panniers. I thought that the accessability of stuff  would be a problem but it is outweighed by the comfort of knowing the stuff stays dry. Things you need to get to can be carried in a handlebar bag or a rear rack pack. I like your plan of carrying only front panniers and I would consider going with nice large ones. The rear wheel on the tandem is already carrying a lot (no insult to your stoker intended). I haven't toured on the tandem with a trailer, only on a single, but for a cross country trip, self-contained, it seems to be the only way to go. Don't forget spare tubes and tire for the trailer.