I'm a newbie to touring, but have been a roadie for over 30yrs. Have a Surly LHT on order at my LBS, but am also converting a GT Backwoods for road touring (higher pressure tires, rigid fork, trekking bars, etc.). However, my real question addresses trailers vs panniers. I had planned to go the trailer route, and was leaning towards the Burley Nomad rather than a BOB. All touring will be on-road. I have experience towing a child carrier behind my road bikes, but would like opinions and experiences of those who can compare the two methods of hauling gear.