OK, kind of a quick question. I've done two light tours on folding bikes, 1st on a Dahon and then on a Swift.
With the Dahon, I used rear panniers and a small bag on the rack. It rode fine, but the rack was kind of low, so the bottom of the panniers got kind of torn. But it handled almost the same as unloaded, maybe a little slower when accelerating.
I did a hillier tour with my Swift with a standard rack and panniers, but no rear bag. The clearances were good, but the handling was not great.
In addition to handling issues, I am planning to do some basic camping on my next few outings. So that means adding a tent, sleeping bag, pad, and some basic cooking supplies. So:
• Any feedback on handling with 20" wheels with both front and rear bags?
• Any recommendations on front rack and front panniers?
• Can I get away with just adding a handlebar bag (or, more likely, a small bag that attaches to the handlebar post) and toss ~10 - 15 lbs into it?