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Old 03-15-21, 06:46 AM
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Bikes: 2010 LHT (Blue), 2018 Trek 520, 2005(?) Fuji Club LE, 1998 Schwinn Moab (converted for commuting).

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Either way would work. With all the bikepacking solutions that have come out recently, there are so many different ways to carry your stuff.

I started with rear panniers with the intention of using fronts also, but instead ended up with a frame bag (Revelate Designs Tangle) and an Ortlieb Ultimate 6 handlebar bag because I really didn't need the extra volume. This does put more weight to the rear, but I also ride an LHT an get no instability with this setup.

To add another solution... On my bikepacking rig, I run small Ortlieb front panniers in the rear, a frame bag and bikepacking style handlebar bag and have been considering doing this on my road bike to make a light(er)-touring setup:
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