Author Topic: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes  (Read 173195 times)

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #725 on: April 14, 2021, 09:33:53 am »
Definitely not stripped for racing! Nice contrasts.

Historically I have very much been in the "take everything including the kitchen sink" camp but I would like to try a more minimalist approach and move towards backpacking luggage systems.  The thing I don't like about traditional panniers is they can become dislodged when comedy off-roading whereas bike packing bags probably won't.

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #726 on: April 14, 2021, 09:45:00 am »
How many photos do you see of the bikepacking bikes on tight singletrack thro the woods? Bikepacking bags are fine for a day or two in the dry weather. 😄

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #727 on: April 14, 2021, 01:14:50 pm »
The thing I don't like about traditional panniers is they can become dislodged when comedy off-roading whereas bike packing bags probably won't.

I hadn't encountered this phenomenon until I used a pair of front-rollers on the back of my Reasonably Priced Mountain Bicycle[1] descending the lane with the shark-infested potholes at speed on one of the Tan Hill rides.  The main fixings were fine, but the lower hooks kept getting shaken out from behind the rack struts.

It seems that the suspension on my touring bike (which has done plenty of comedy off-roading over the years) serves to keep the bags attached, as well as not rattling your BRANES.  The main problem there is riding through a gap in the undergrowth that's narrower than the low-riders.


[1] Not very Mildly Inappropriate, I know, but I did end up wading through a bog and chucking the bike in a beck on the way up, so I was grateful for proper Ortliebs...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #728 on: April 14, 2021, 01:34:44 pm »
The thing I don't like about traditional panniers is they can become dislodged when comedy off-roading whereas bike packing bags probably won't.

I hadn't encountered this phenomenon until I used a pair of front-rollers on the back of my Reasonably Priced Mountain Bicycle[1] descending the lane with the shark-infested potholes at speed on one of the Tan Hill rides.  The main fixings were fine, but the lower hooks kept getting shaken out from behind the rack struts.

It seems that the suspension on my touring bike (which has done plenty of comedy off-roading over the years) serves to keep the bags attached, as well as not rattling your BRANES.  The main problem there is riding through a gap in the undergrowth that's narrower than the low-riders.


[1] Not very Mildly Inappropriate, I know, but I did end up wading through a bog and chucking the bike in a beck on the way up, so I was grateful for proper Ortliebs...

Exactly.  Some years ago me and The Current Mrs R were moving at speed along a very busy A road astride Tina the Tandem and one of my ancient Karrimor rear panniers became dislodged and jammed the rear wheel causing a rapid and unwelcome emergency stop.  Said pannier went in the bin as soon as we got home.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #729 on: April 14, 2021, 01:41:51 pm »
Exactly.  Some years ago me and The Current Mrs R were moving at speed along a very busy A road astride Tina the Tandem and one of my ancient Karrimor rear panniers became dislodged and jammed the rear wheel causing a rapid and unwelcome emergency stop.  Said pannier went in the bin as soon as we got home.

I bought a pannier from Aldi when I was a newbie cyclist and had that happen.  It managed to fold the rear mudguard up and lock the wheel while negotiating le Col de Priory Road in busy traffic (it's always in busy traffic, otherwise you'd manage to avoid the pothole).  It was immediately relegated to cyclo-tat storage duty, and hasn't been near a bike since.  Friend who'd bought the same panniers had one end up under a taxi not long afterwards.

As a result, I've learned not to be cheap about luggage, and to eschew gravity-powered fixings.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

woollypigs

  • Mr Peli
    • woollypigs
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #730 on: April 14, 2021, 03:24:24 pm »
While cycling the Carretera Austral, one of my pannier fell off. Only reason for that, must be because I didn't fit it correctly that one time. Cause it didn't happen again on the rest of the 900 odd Km we did of the Austral or the rest of our 12+ months tour.

I was sooo glad that we have a friendly French couple on a tandem behind us, as they found the pannier about 5 miles back from where I found out we had lost the kitchen pannier. Cause I would have been spend adding a 10km round trip to that days riding on that surface.

Yes, back then the Carretera Austral was that *rough* that I didn't notice the loss of a pannier, compared to what it is now. I just saw a new movie about the building of the Carretera Austral. Many sections that I have burned into my mind to be rougher than the worst of Sustrans "best". Now have nice smoooooooth tarmac.

Don't worry the tandem was paid in chocolate for their service.
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Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #731 on: April 14, 2021, 11:20:39 pm »
Not long until its super bikes and sports car tours along with Santiago heading south for holidays . The days of the 4 wheel drive expedition motor homes and offroad motorbikes will soon be over. This section has started with blasting to widen the road.

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #732 on: April 15, 2021, 07:43:16 am »
I had a pannier leap for freedom on that infamous off road of... The main road through Diss. Mr Smith was wheel sucking behind me and bunny hopped it. The man has SKILLZ.
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