Touring - trailer or panniers
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05-28-03, 12:58 PM
I am riding the pacific coast: from Canida to Mexico. I was wondering if i should take a trailer or panniers.
Trailers are only if your bike can not carry panniers, or if you have an occasional load (such as the weeks groceries) which will not fit in panniers.
Traliers have zero advantages, panniers have many
05-28-03, 05:55 PM
I would go with panniers as well. With large enough panniers you can fit everything you need into them, and they are right there on your bike.
Welcome to the forums, and good luck on your trip!:beer:
05-28-03, 06:08 PM
I use panniers. I've been on week-long tours with guys who use BOB trailers. Both work. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. My usual advice is: if your bike has eyelets for racks, use panniers. If not, use a trailer.
05-28-03, 06:25 PM
Well, I just assembled my touring bike yesterday and I went with 56 litres in back and 30 litres in front, plus a handlebar bag - plenty of space for a long tour. However, I had all the panniers and I did consider changing over to a trailer. This was debated not too long ago and if you do a search (top right) under bob trailer you will find hours of info to read. Under the Touring section you will see the travelogues, read Dave & Alexandra trip log as Dave is using the new suspension Bob and I believe he has traveled a similar route to the one you are planning.
For the route you are taking you may need to carry extra food and water and this is should be factored in to your decision. I also think both have their pros and cons and cost about equal amounts of money. Not sure on your location, but I found the online stores had better prices on trailers, $250 USD with bag, then what they are charging here in Canada $520 CDN.
I still have a Burley trailer from when my kids were little. I could see using a trailer like that to haul a lot of bulky stuff, like tents and sleeping bags.
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