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    Pannier/Backpack

    Hey all new to the forum,
    Im gonna go on a 1-2 day mtb trip, with lots of singletrack etc. I will be tenting in a state park overnight, now my question is whether i should get a smaller rack and put my sleeping bag and tent on the rack, and then just get a camelbak HAWG (16L) for the clothes and tools, or whether I should get panniers (46L) and a larger rack.

    My take is that panniers will limit the ability to move but will take weight off your shoulders, and you can transport more. The HAWG or other backpack will let you move more freely. Which one of the two would be best for this sort of application.

    Help is appreciated, thanks.

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    I've carried a medium size bag on the back of my road bike and the added weight (just a camera, rain gear, and sundaries) that high up on the bike threw the handling off. Not a big deal on a road bike but I wouldn't want to ride single track with that much weight held high on the bike. If I were going to make a habit of mountain bike touring I'd probably get a trailer. Not sure how much a trailer would cost but it may be competitive with the price for the luggage rack, paniers, and Camelback.

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    which state parks?
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    Would a camelbak explorer with food, tools, raingear, and stove be too heavy on the shoulders (is there enough room)? Or should I just go with the panniers.

    Laurel State PArk, and linn run state park in south west PA

    EDIT: Turns out it's going to be more like a 3 day trip
    Last edited by Rhoads92; 06-04-08 at 08:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhoads92 View Post
    Would a camelbak explorer with food, tools, raingear, and stove be too heavy on the shoulders (is there enough room)? Or should I just go with the panniers.

    Laurel State PArk, and linn run state park in south west PA

    EDIT: Turns out it's going to be more like a 3 day trip
    I think it would be. I've carried that much weight on a frame pack with no problem (not on a bike) but in that case the pack places all the weight on your hips, not your shoulders. I think it would be pretty uncomfortable at the least, and it would make riding pretty difficult as your ballance is going to be totally different than normal.

    How big is the park? The largest State Park in New Hampshire can be biked across in a couple of hours. Can you just camp somewhere and return to camp every evening? Check the park rules, most (at least up here) only allow overnight camping in designated areas, usually with car access.

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