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Old 03-16-21, 12:49 PM
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IMO buying the larger bags first is the most flexible. You can always put less in 40L bags, but it is hard to put more in bags that are too small for the load. Having said that, my wife did just the opposite. She used a set of front panniers on her rear rack to ride across the U.S. Her camping gear was carried on top of the rack. The ride took 74 days, and she carried everything she needed. I carried the tent, stove, etc.

She did go to larger rear panniers after that trip and has used them on longer tours for the last 14 years. She uses the Ortlieb Packer Plus series panniers. Our bikes are loaded in our normal configuration for a long self supported tour.

Our daughters use their mother's loading technique, but follow their dad's example and use Orlieb Back Rollers. They have them "stuffed for a 2-month ride. They carry all their camping gear, splitting the tent between them.

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