I am now torn to some degree between two small panniers on low ride front rack and a Carousel Designs saddlebag versus the nun-like set up of Carradice/trunk bag and small randonner front shelf rack (see image below of nun's set up).
The low ride front panniers keeps the weight lower but would seem to create far more drag. The saddle bag/trunk and small randonner front shelf rack would seem to have a much lower front profile to the wind. What is a larger factor, wind resistance or weight distribution?
Sure I could buy both set ups and figure out by trial and error but if there is a strong consensus one way or the other I am interested in others thoughts. My pack list will be on the lightweight to ultra lightweight end of the spectrum for 3-4 day tours (aiming towards nun's pack list).