Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Waltham, MA
Bikes: Waterford 1900, Quintana Roo Borrego, Trek 8700zx, Bianchi Pista Concept
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Your pack list should fit into a couple bags. If they're medium sized or "expandable", you should also have some room for extra food. My front Jandd bags are kind of on the small size, but they have a zipper type expansion system (like a bellows along the sides). My rear Jandd bags are the waterproof roll type ones (like Ortliebs)-these let you "smoosh" clothes down-then free up room for food.
If your going to use 2 bags, I'd set them up on the front similar to Machka's setup. Your sleeping bag/bivy/sleep pad can then go on top of the rear rack (in a dry bag). This setup will make for a nice stable ride, as well as taking a bit of weight off the rear wheel.
Also, many cycle tourers (myself included), use a quick release handlebar bag to keep small items of value (money, passport/ID, journal, camera, maps, tools etc) in sight&at hand. It comes with me even if off the bike for a few minutes (has a shoulder strap). Mine has a handy clear map case on top, and I keep pepper spray at hand in an outside pocket.
 If cost is a factor, and you have time before your trip-keep an eye on ebay (or Craigslist if in the states) for bags/racks. I picked up my bags (2 at a time), in new condition, for less than half retail. I picked up a rear Jandd expedition rack & a brand new older model Arkel handlebar bag locally off of Craigslist for super cheap as well.
Last edited by Camel; 07-09-05 at 08:09 AM.