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    ROM 6:23 flipped4bikes's Avatar
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    Arkel T-28s or T-42s?

    My SO and I are taking the ferry over and riding our bikes in Nova Scotia for three nights. Being our first multiday bike tour, we are staying at B&Bs, no camping. We are trying to decide on our first panniers also. I'm pretty sure that I'll get the T-42s, but not sure what my GF should have. Are the T-28s big enough capacity with a Tail Rider? She has a Specialized Sequoia XS size and we're concerned that the T-42s might be too big. Any suggestions more than welcome...
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    I used T-42 and a tail "dry bag" for a two week unsupported tour (no camping). Given that, I would say that the 42's might be too big for just a few days. I would recommend that she get the T-28s. Then if you decide to do a longer tour, you can use the T-28 on the front and then get a second set of 42's for her. I recommend the rain covers. I think that the 28s are a really handy size.....I also recommend small quick disconnecting handlebar bags. The "waist pouch" that stashes on top of the right T-42 proved really useful...T-42 are good bags. have fun!

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    I used XM-28's for a 7 day off-road tour that didn't require a tent, but did require a sleeping bag liner, toiletries and of course clothes. For 4 days, 3 nights, no problema. One side should fit 3 days worth of biking clothes and some off bike wear while the other side toiletries, extra off-bike clothes then some off bike shoes or sandles strapped to the rack.

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    Thanks for the tips, very helpful!
    Every time we let a vehicle pass there is a little bit of compromise. But compromise allows the city to function and allows cyclists to function in the city. The trick is not to eliminate compromise but to learn how to work safely within it.

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    I've used the XM-28's and XM-42's for loaded touring inc. solo camping. I needed all the space. I know they are not the same as the T-28/42 but if you have extra space a good feature of the Arkel's is that there are straps to cinch them tight to keep them from flopping around. A final note: your bike will handle better if you can mount front panniers and move some weight forward.
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    Lentement mais sûrement Erick L's Avatar
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    I've used GT-30s on a 4-day trip with tent (on rack), mat and sleeping bag, but no stove. Used T-42s for a trip with camping gear, stove, 4 change of clothes... everything inside the panniers. So the T-28 would be more than enough especially if you have have T-42s. Then you have two different sets for commuting, day rides or fully loaded solo trips.
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