Winter Cycling - up top rear pack for winter?
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02-22-10, 08:54 PM
most of the pics i see of peoples winter rigs have them with packs on the top of their rear rack not the side.
Is that a winter balance thing or just coincedence?
02-23-10, 12:02 AM
It is more stable to keep the weight lower...
I'd say coincidence. Like electrik said, winter balance is even better with panniers (compared to carrying load on top of rack).
03-10-10, 07:25 AM
I'm just a rear rack trunk type of person. but yes: "the~higher~the~dryer" I also have a rain cover for my rack trunk
I prefer a rack trunk bag year 'round simply because it's less to drag through the headwinds, and I usually don't need more space than it provides.
When I need more capacity, then I add panniers.
03-12-10, 08:23 PM
"A bike is also an example of an inverted pendulum. Just as a broomstick is easier to balance than a pencil, a tall bike (with a high center of mass) can be easier to balance when ridden than a short one because its lean rate will be slower. However, a rider can have the opposite impression of a bike when it is stationary. A top-heavy bike can require more effort to keep upright, when stopped in traffic for example, than a bike which is just as tall but with a lower center of mass. This is an example of a vertical second-class lever. A small force at the end of the lever, the seat or handlebars at the top of the bike, more easily moves a large mass if the mass is closer to the fulcrum, where the tires touch the ground. This is why touring cyclists are advised to carry loads low on a bike, and panniers hang down on either side of front and rear racks." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_and_motorcycle_dynamics#Lateral_dynamics)
In cold weather I don't need the change of clothes that I use in the summer. I use panniers in the summer.
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