Recommended Rear Racks and Panniers?
I've been aiming to make a couple of long distance trips over the next few months, and I've been in the market to find a nice rear rack and pannier bags to hold my gear. I have a lovely '80s Schwinn LeTour road bike that has 27" tires. I figure that as far as racks are concerned the discrepancy between 700C and 27" is negligible, but nevertheless are all racks made alike? I was looking at Topeak's Super Tourist DX rack that looked really nice for around 40$, but I've held off on ordering because I'm not sure about sizing.
For that matter though it's not likely that I'd make use of Topeak's MTX track/bags. I guess it wouldn't get in the way, but is there a better and similarly affordable option out there? My total budget for rack and Panniers is 100$, which while I understand may seem dismally low to some, is what I've got. That was the total cost of the bicycle itself.
My trips are 400 miles and 1200 miles respectively. What's a good solid set of Panniers that I can get for 60-80$? Recommended storage space? Waterproofing isn't important to me as I can find ad-hoc solutions, but if it won't occur additional costs then it's preferable.
I figured you guys would have the answers to my questions after being faced with a lack of information and a lot of love it/hate it reviews on bags. This is my first set and it's important to me that the rack is sturdy and built to last. I can skimp a little on the bags and replace them later, but they have to survive these trips.
Thanks in advance