Forever CLYDE !
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Grafton, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: 2003 Giant Cypress R , 2007 Cannondale T2000
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Hi sknhgy, I agree that smaller panniers will make you pack lighter but if you are like me I perfer to put everything in the panniers both for security and to keep dry. When I go loaded touring and are camping I use 2600 cu in on the rear and 1700 cu in on the front, I am able to store everything in my panniers out of sight and dry. I hate to bungee things on the bike. I find that if I am camping that it doesn,t matter if I am going for 2 days or 2 weeks I still take the same amount of stuff. You didn,t mention what kind of bike you are using or if you are using 1 or 2 racks (front and back). If this is your first tour then you will pack different the second time around, every tour is a learning experience. My suggestion would be go with the large panniers and go have a good trip so that you will want to go on a second tour.