Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cambridge, UK
Bikes: Fuji Sunfire, and a hi-ten piece of junk
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Front Pannier Questions
I have huge rear panniers and my longest tour was a week, so I've never needed front panniers. But I have a couple of questions for those of you who do use them:
If you have 4 panniers, plus a handlebar bag, and maybe a drybag as well, isn't that restrictive? If I want to get on a train or bus, or stay in a room for the night, I can grab a bag in either hand and I'm good, but if you have a full set of bags it seems like you must have to leave some of them unguarded at times. At the least, they'll be awkward to move. I can't even work out how you cope with multiple bags for plane travel. How do you manage?
It seems like the Tubus Tara is the most popular front rack, but it looks a bit insecure to me. The bar at the bottom is only a few inches wide and it's rounded. Isn't it easy for hooks, etc, to slip off?
Thanks for any comments.