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Old 03-15-21, 07:20 AM
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For day trips, you really don't need a pannier (unless you're riding somewhere hot, dry, and without a water source for 60 miles). A good bar bag will carry everything you need -- camera, phone, wallet, snack, multi-tool, spare tube and tire irons, light rain jacket, dry socks and gloves for after the rain.

Overnight or weekend, where are you spending the nights? B&B or motel, a Sportspacker will carry your clothes, and potentially a small stove and cook set. If you're camping, you might be able to get a compact bag and air mattress into the Sportspacker, and carry a small tent on the rear rack (cargo net is better than bungees!).

If you're carrying a larger synthetic bag and inflatable foam pad, you'll want the Bikepacker. Those'll also carry a spare tire, more tools, lots more clothes, towel, a couple days' food, etc.

Funny thing is, it really doesn't take much more to tour for weeks on end than it does for a weekend. If you start with the Sportspacker for "credit card" (B&B) touring, and you decide you want to carry a lot more volume, those bags work well as front panniers if you combine them with a set of Bikepackers (or similar Arkel size).
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