I could have my Voyageur on the road very soon, but I have been putting off choosing racks for it. I'm not really sure how much actual touring I'll do on it, but I would like to ride it from my home in Louisville to my childhood home in western Kentucky (approx. 210 miles) via US Hwy 60. Despite the fact that I may only use the racks on occasion, I want it to be ready when I am. I already have a rando type bike.
I currently only have the VO Pass Hunter rack with integrated decaleur.
The front fork also has lowrider bosses and double eyelets at the dropout.
Yesterday's blog post from VO got me thinking about racks again and I'd like some input from all of you here, especially those with experience using any of the racks I may consider.
I'd be all over that rear VO Camper rack, but it's just a prototype at this point. I had also considered the Dajia Expedition rack, but it is out of stock and I'm ready to order a rack.
I understand that carrying the weight as low as possible is best, and I'm assuming if I have panniers only at the front OR rear, the rear would be best.
The bike is looking pretty dang good and I want a quality, classic looking rack. I'm considering the following:
- Nitto Mt Campee: standard shaped rear rack that mounts to the dropout eyelets and, I guess, my choice of the canti studs or seat stay braze ons. (no fender mount - WTF, Nitto?)
- Nitto Campee 27: this looks like it holds the panniers lower than the Mt Campee and offers more support for them
- Surly Rear Rack: I think I could mount a Spanninga Plateo light (which I have) to the Surly, but not to either Nitto rack
Are there others I'm overlooking? Should I consider a front lowrider rack as well?
And I'm completely ignorant regarding panniers. What features should I be looking for in panniers?
Nitto Mt. Campee
Nitto Campee 27
Surly Rear Rack