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Old 09-22-03, 12:23 AM   #1
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Panniers or Trailer...?

I want to use my non-touring road bike (no braze-ons) on short weekend campouts on occasion. Would pulling a trailer be the practical way to go? Thanks...
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Old 09-22-03, 05:35 AM   #2
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For short weekend trips, panniers are plenty sufficient. It's not like you are going to carry a weeks supply of clothes, food, spare parts or medical supplies. I think a trailer would be overkill.
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I've been out 2 weeks in panniers. I have the large Carradice, but only 2 rear. No problems.
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I like my BOB best - very little set up time and works on any bike. Plus, on the flats I go as fast as I would unloaded.
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Well, I guess my problem is that I don't want racks mounted on my road bike on a permanent basis. As mentioned originally, it is not set up as a tourer, 39/23 being my lowest.
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Well, I guess my problem is that I don't want racks mounted on my road bike on a permanent basis. As mentioned originally, it is not set up as a tourer, 39/23 being my lowest.
I've never used them, but maybe you could look at the racks that hook onto your seat post.

Like this.. http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ype=&estoreid= :confused: :confused:
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A BOB should be fine. You replace the rear quick release with the special one that comes with the BOB, attach the BOB, and off you go.

So long as your road bike is sturdy enough for touring, you should be OK. The rear wheel is the biggest concern I'd have since you will be adding about half the weight of the BOB+contents to the rear axle. Go with wider tires (700-25 or wider) to avoid pinch flats and increase comfort. You could also have trouble breaking spokes if your rear wheel has a smal number of spokes. If so, consider getting a higher spoke count touring wheel.
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i spent the last week camping out, pulling all my stuff on a bob-yak.. i also have a rear rack that's pretty packed out too, but i can stay out for 4+ days without hitting a grocery store with that. a bob is also good for standup pump. one wish a pressure gauge and such.. those little ones are okay for road usage but when you're hauling a big weight, having the ability to get your tires to pressure is nice.. panniers and a rack might be tricky to carry it on.

as winter comes along it'll get colder and colder.. i'm considering getting panniers in addition to my bob, but again, i am thinking of a longer term than weekend trip.

another nice part of a bob, if you do any mountainbiking, unhook and zoom! (i know you mentioned roadbike.)

does anyone know if the roadbike fork for the bob has a differentweight limit than the mountainbike one? (70 lbs)
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We have both and prefer the trailer, it carries more stuff and doesn't get in the way of mounting and dismounting. You can also carry a small cooler or lawn chairs. Not so with panniers. Just remember you will want to have a handlebar bag for your valuables and camera.

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One thing I enjoy most about touring is being free from "things". So I like going with just panniers. On about day four of my first road trip, I stopped at a shipping companies and ending up sending a box full of things I did'nt really need home.

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