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Old 03-03-09, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
I was able to achieve a balanced setup on a mountain bike with front panniers and a trunk rack. The OP's frams is steel, but probably significantly lighter than my old tank. Might the same principle apply if he swaps out the fork? Is that even possible?
I know the conventional wisdom around here is to carry the bulk of the weight in front, but I've done nicely with the weight on the rear wheel. Normally, I only have a tent, some extra water and a handlebar bag in front. The rest of my gear is on the rear rack. On my last tour, I had rear panniers, a rack trunk and a handlebar bag. The bike handled beautifully and most of the time I forgot I was carrying a load.
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