I'm setting my bike (Raleigh Sojourn) up for some serious touring, and I've got a question about the best set-up, given my situation. I consider myself a minimalist (a result of living for 2 years in a mud hut in Africa, I suppose), so I don't anticipate hauling a ton of gear. However, I've never done a tour of more than a few days, so I suppose I should say that there are probably things I've not anticipated.
My question is this: Can I do long tours (1 month+) with only two lowrider front panniers mounted on a Tubus Tara? (And if so, any suggestions on high volume, lightweight, waterproof front panniers?)
Is it common for tourers to use a large dry bag for the back rack and stuff it with the tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad? And after you do that, is there room leftover to put extras in there? If I can fit some additional items in a dry bag on the back rack, then I'm hoping that would be a reasonable set up.