Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Springfield, MO
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My son and I are beginning to plan a week long tour of the Natchez Trace next spring. He'll be riding my "old bike", a Specialized Sequoia with a rear rack and panniers. The "new bike" that I'll be riding is the problem, as it's a Giant OCR-C3, which is a carbon frame bike without lugs for attaching a rack. In looking at options for carrying my gear, I've come up with the following three possibilities:
1) Use a seat post rack that I sometimes use on my mountain bike and buy a 2nd set of panniers. It's rated for 35 lbs, so that should be plenty for a tour of this length. The concern I have over this option would be whether the carbon fiber seat post on the OCR could handle the strain of the loaded rack.
2) Buy a BOB trailer.
3) Buy a Burley Nomad trailer. I have a similar concern over using this trailer's hitch, as it mounts in the chainstay, and looks like it could cause some damage to the carbon.
At this point, I figure I'm going to end up spending some money, and in looking at the options I've identified, it seems that the BOB might be the safest investment, but thought some of you might have some experiences and insights that might help. What do you think?