142 mile 3 day mtb ride... backpack or trunk bag/rack?
i posted the other day with a question regarding what gear to bring in my pack. ..assuming i would be using a backpack. and now i've been thinking, sould i use a backpack, or go for the rack and trunk bag?
my backpack is well ventilated and holds 1700 ci's. i 'm definitely not going to pack it full, but i'm still worried about having all the weight on my back since the ride is about 1/3 singletrack. so i'm thinking about something like this rack http://harriscyclery.net/page.cfm?Pa...ils&sku=RK7000 since i don't have the eyelets for a regular rack on my bike. with a 700 - 900 ci trunk bag, a frame bag on the front of my frame, and my normal sized hydration pack, i think i could fit all the stuff i would have packed in my larger pack. this would spread the weight around a little bit and take most of it off my back.
does this sound like a good idea? the possible complications off the top of my head are:
the possibility of the rack swing from side to side (would have to make a few test runs to prove/disprove/address this)
the trunk bag sitting so high that i can't hang my butt off the back of the seat on steep descents
weight on rack sitting so high that it affects the center of gravity of the bike
anybody haver any thoughts or experiences? i think i'll post in the mtb forum too. thanks.
Check out the thread I started a short while ago.
I ended up getting the Topeak rack & bag combo that was recommend by "Old Fart". I believe his is the second post. I am very happy with my purchase. The rack comes in three different configurations depending on your bike frame size.