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Old 11-23-11, 03:42 PM   #1
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Singlespeed touring

I plan on doing a short trip with a friend of mine and I wanted to know what are some good options for carrying stuff on a bike with eyelets.
Will travel for about 10 days, sleeping in hotels and eating on restaurants and I don't plan on carrying a lot of things.
So far I plan carrying a handlebar a rear bag of some sort and small bag mounted behind the stem for quick access items.
I have thought of a few option:
A seatpost mounted rack like the topeak MTX ones with an MTX bag.
Some sort of large saddle had, havent researched that one yet
Or a regular touring rack mounted with p-clips.
Can someone point me to some good options, so far I really like the Topeak Tour Guide handlebar bag and the tri dry top tube bag.
I will be carrying a camelbak with me, so I can remove the water bottle cage from the frame and clear some room for a frame bag.

The bike I'll use is a 52cm All-City Big Block
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Old 11-23-11, 05:24 PM   #2
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Figure out what you think you need to carry first. Report back.

Seatpost-mounted racks are usually the best option for randonneur-type touring, when matched with a trunk bag and handlebar bag it should be plenty of storage for a credit card tour. I like this bag because of the easily-accessible water bottle and waterproof map holder.
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If you're only going to be sleeping at hotels and eating at restaurants, I wouldn't worry about bringing panniers and the appropriate rack. You'll need to acquire roomy bags, just for your clothes, repair kit, etc., but nothing that'd max out a decent handlebar bag and trunk bag.

As for whether to do a seatpost rack or a saddle bag, that's a coin toss. I like saddle bags better, but you'd need to either have a saddle with bag loops, or acquire some aftermarket bag loops that clamp to your saddle rails. In my experience wide loads are easier to manage with a saddle bag, but you'll get less rocking when you're out of the saddle with a seatpost-mounted rack.

Is that a carbon seatpost? I would be nervous clamping down a rack onto that thing. No science to back me up there, but something to think about.
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Is that a carbon seatpost? I would be nervous clamping down a rack onto that thing. No science to back me up there, but something to think about.
Seatpost racks clamp in (mostly) the same way threadless stems clamp. You can put a hell of a lot more force on a carbon steerer than you would loading a trunk bag with 20 lbs. of crap.
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Seatpost racks clamp in (mostly) the same way threadless stems clamp. You can put a hell of a lot more force on a carbon steerer than you would loading a trunk bag with 20 lbs. of crap.
good stems (and seat post clamps) use an asymmetric clamp to prevent point loading the steerer. im not saying seapost racks dont have this but i have seen carbon posts fail when subjected to a clamp on rack in the same way carbon steerers can fail with the wrong stem.

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stems use similar designs.
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Yeah I would probably use another seat post when using a post-mounted rack just to be safe!
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Thats not a carbon seat-post its an aluminum one, and I came to the conclusion that a Banjo Brothers trunk bag and a handlebar bag (Probably the topeak tourguide DX) may be enough, if it isn't I'll look into a frame bag. I'm still figuring out what to take, and I may take too many unnecessary crap if I have too much room.
And I'll use the top tube bag just for some small food items and my phone.

And I stiil have some room on my camelbak, even though I don't want to put too much weight on my back, the water bladder will be heavy enough once full.
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Keep us posted! I'd love to see your Big Block all loaded up.
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