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Offline alyeska

Panniers - What Size?
« on: December 19, 2004, 01:41:02 am »
I've seen plenty of info on what brand pannier to buy but not much information on sizes? I am just starting out touring and plan on doing some short self supported tours this summer(3-4 days). I'm looking into sleeping bags, tents, etc. But what size panniers does anyone recommend to pack this stuff?

I picked up some old kirtland rear bags for a couple bucks that are 11"h x 5"w x 13"l with a large side pocket. Maybe 800 each. They look small when I compare to photos of packed bikes. I have not packed them yet. Should I look for larger rear bags and use these in the front?


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Panniers - What Size?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2004, 12:02:22 pm »
Bags of that size are on the small side but may prove adequate depending on how much gear you prefer to carry. I'm partial to traveling light and I don't require huge panniers. Bulky items like sleeping bags and pads can be lashed to the top of a rack. Generally, four small to medium panniers for the front and back are preferable to two huge bags hung over the real wheel.

Offline bktourer1

Panniers - What Size?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2005, 07:47:00 pm »
Look at teh Performance Bike bags.  They have 2 sizes and are well built.  Comperssion straps and their own bright yellow rain covers.  The large bags have several pockets and bungee cords for jackets.  The smaller bags can be used on either fron or rear.  They work the best with the racks that Perf. sells.  Minor mod for other racks