Two questions (to start):
When I started to get into Cycling and did not know a whole lot about anything, I started out wearing Shorts. The only Tour i've done, I did wearing Shorts. Since then, I have gotten way more into Cycling and - like they say - Once you go Bibs you don't go back. I ride my Road Bike and wear exclusively Bibs these days. I've put on some weight since when I first got into the sport and also suffer from IBS, so the Bibs put less pressure on my stomach area. However, I am planning a long tour this summer and am wondering if I should return to wearing Shorts.
1) Is it worth reinvesting into some shorts? Understandably it makes going #2 much easier (aka no need to take your jersey off when going to the loo) but what do fellow tourers prefer?
2) Browsing these forums lately, especially the pictures of other peoples rigs, I notice that almost everyone has front and rear panniers, with a few Bobs thrown in. The Tour I did I only had rear panniers and the tour leader had a Bob. Since I am planning what will mostly be a solo tour, camping, I assume it would make sense for me to also get Front and Rear Panniers. I am more familiar with this method of carrying gear so think I would steer away from a Bob (unless some one can really convince me that a Bob is the way to go). On an Around-the-Uk tour I have planned, does it make sense to go Front/Rear Panniers or solely rear?