My girlfriend and I are tandem-ing from Miami FL, to (an as yet to be determined location in) Maine. We are “credit card” touring and do not plan on camping during our trip. Camping is something we plan on doing in the future but for this trip we plan on indulging ourselves with small bed and breakfasts as our lodging.
We are traveling light (no camping gear… helps that out a bunch) but we will need to fit everything else on our tandem bike. We like the simplicity of the Arkel Tandem Touring bags and think we could fit everything we need in just two rear bags (they are huge from what I read about them). This set up is particularly interesting to us because we only have a rear pannier rack currently and we could avoid purchasing a front low rider if these bags fit everything.
Would a rear only pannier setup be a bad call? And does anyone have any experience with these bags?