Touring - Difference between front and rear panniers. First set.
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07-06-08, 09:29 PM
I'm looking to purchase my first set of panniers. Price is a consideration. However, I'd like to purchase quality gear which will last a while and can be made to keep my gear dry. I really like the idea of Ortlieb's. However, due to price I am considering purchasing a pair of Lone Peak P-099 Sundance Panniers for now. My ideas was to use the Lone Peak P-099s to commute and on short tours as rear panniers. Then in the future, perhaps I'd use the Lone Peaks in the front and buy Ortlieb Back Roller CLASSIC Panniers for the back.
Can the Lone Peaks really be used well for either front or rear? What's the difference in front and rear? Any thoughts on my plan?
07-07-08, 02:20 PM
If there small panniers,you can use them front or back.If you look at panniers made for rear only,they tend to be bigger and have a cutout in the lower front of the bag to help with heal clearance.
Myself,I use the same size panniers,front and back.That keeps me from putting to much weight in back.
07-07-08, 02:57 PM
I think Lone Peak makes nice bags. They are very light but plenty sturdy.
I used the P99's as front panniers for fully loaded touring, and as rear panniers for credit card touring. I did a 4 day CC tour with them and they weren't full. They have worked fine on 4 different racks for me --Tubus Cargo (rear), Tubus Tara (front), Blackburn Custom Lowrider (front), Jandd Expedition II (rear).
I really like the way they open up all the way, it's really easy to pack them. A trash bag inside takes care of waterproofing just fine.
You do need to make sure you get hooks that match the diameter of your rack rails. If you are ordering from Wayne at www.thetouringstore.com he has both sizes of hooks. Aftermarket spare hooks can be purchased if you change rack size later.
Rear panniers are generally larger and some are asymmetrical to help reduce the chance of your heels hitting them. The only thing that might go wrong with your plan is that those bags are probably too small for anything but credit card touring or ultralight camping (no cooking gear, tent & sleeping back on top of the rack). I don't think you will regret having them as front bags later when you get bigger rear bags.
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