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Old 07-30-06, 06:35 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 08-01-06, 12:43 PM   #2
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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.

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Seatpost Rack & Pack for MTB Recommendation ?
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thanks. that's one of the options i've been considering. so many options..............................
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