Touring on a road bike - luggage options?

by gandberg   April 9, 2010  

A friend and I have hatched a plan to ride 250km in France over 3 days, from Caen to St Malo, on our bikes. I'm looking for advice from anyone who has done a similar short trip, with basic camping gear (tent/sleeping bag/stove/pan) on a bike without the option for a fully ridgid rack and panniers? I've been looking at the seat post clamp on racks, and possibly a bar mounted bag, but both look a bit iffy. Help!

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these are good, not cheap though:

http://www.epicdesignsalaska.com/?page_id=4

seatpost mounted racks are okay up to about 8kg in my experience, and *much* better with a topbox than panniers. I've got one of those topeak bikamper tents that uses your front wheel and your forks as the tent structure. only big enough for one, but packs down tiny and keeps your bike fairly safe too. you can strap it to your 'bars or frame. great for light touring.

seen this? http://road.cc/content/review/15375-topeak-mtx-trunk-dry-bag

good mid-size top bag and topeak do a seatpost rack that'll work with it too.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7830 posts]
9th April 2010 - 21:02

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You can get racks which use a special quick release skewer and brake bosses or clamps to mount to the frame at the top. Look at Tubus or Old Man Mountain.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1431 posts]
10th April 2010 - 11:38

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You could also use a large saddle bag and handlebar bag.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1431 posts]
10th April 2010 - 11:45

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Thanks guys, going to try and get an Axiom Streamliner Road, which mounts using the rear wheel spindle and caliper bolt:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=79&ModelID=33647

With a handlebar bag of some sort. Those arkel ones are expensive, I guess it gives me something else to watch ebay for though.

The Man In Black.

posted by gandberg [215 posts]
12th April 2010 - 18:21

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