I've searched around and seen some nice back and forth on trailers vs. panniers/racks for carrying gear. The consensus as I can determine it: to each their own.
I'm in the process of selecting some gear-carrying equipment and can't quite figure out if I'm misssing something in the discussion--wouldn't having a trailer behind you create all kinds of weird/bad physical forces during the ride? And wouldn't having all that weight spread out over such a large area (bike and trailer) be MUCH less effecient than having it loaded up on the bike?
I've never used either, so I'm genuinely wondering about the differences and what might contribute to those differences (drag, sway, gravity, weight distribution, etc.).
Thanks in advance.