Old 04-18-21, 06:37 AM
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Rubber coated P clamps work fine, used them on an old bike for many years, but I have to second what Unterhausen said. Saddle bags are suboptimal on a rando or ultra endurance rig. I used P clamps for fenders on an old steel frame that I converted to 650B.

When I first started randonneuring I guess in the late 80's trying for PBP 1991, I used my touring bike with a blackburn rear rack and my "smaller" front panniers. These never caused me to not finish but they are slow and very inconvenient. I now personally prefer a smallish handlebar bag and some sort seat bag depending on conditions. Both are literally more than sufficient to carry enough gear to cross the country, including a down sleeping bag, bivvy, and small air pad. On a warmer 1200k, the HB bag is sufficient for me. The handlebar bag lets you access stuff while riding and this is very important.
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