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Old 08-13-09, 01:35 PM
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LHT bags and racks?

Ok I am going to go order the bike finally and would love to hear any suggestions to what works well with your LHT's (or any bike but it's gotta fit my LHT). I am looking for front and rear racks and front and rear panniers. I'd like to have them around 40 L in the back and I don't know what in front (I guess less than 40 but still large-ish). Waterproof is good but a non waterproof good quality bag is also great. For the racks I'd like to have lower bar to lower the center of gravity but if you think that is unnecessary then I am open to other ideas. I only get my 10% discount on the day I buy the bike so I want to go in well armed with some ideas and then see what they can in fact order and go from there. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-09, 03:48 PM
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Racks: Tubus Cargo rear and Tubus Tara on the front. Bags: Ortleib Bike Packer Plus on rear and Sport Packers on the front. Ortleib Ultimate 5 Plus Medium Handlebar Bag.
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Old 08-13-09, 04:00 PM
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I love my Nice Racks, but for the front I want to switch to the less bulky and more simplistic Tubus. My Axiom hurricane/typhoon bags have worked great, they have a life time guarantee, weight is nearly the same, and they are less expensive then other dry bags.
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Old 08-13-09, 08:54 PM
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As mentioned above. I would go tubus front and rear racks. Ive seen a few racks and these seem to be the most simple yet well made racks around in my opinion.

In my opinion theres only 2 brands of panniers i would trust on a long tour.

1. Ortlieb. These are the ones i use and have about 3k miles on them and never had 1 single problem. Theyre water proof, and have a great mounting system that allows you to mount and remove with just the pull of the handle.

2. Arkel. In my opinion just as good as Ortlieb but not waterproof.(waterproof covers sold seperately). These are also top notch panniers and offer alot of pockets so u could manage your things a little bit better.

With either of these two panniers, you will never have a problem.

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Check out "The Touring Store." I'd include the link but I haven't been able to do it. Wayne is a good guy. He carries Tubus racks, Ortlieb and Lone Peak paniers.
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Old 08-14-09, 04:40 AM
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Tubus and Ortlieb are the way I went and I love the setup. I bought everything from www.thetouringstore.com They were very helpful and I have been very satisfied with the setup, here's what mine looks like.
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Old 08-14-09, 06:10 AM
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I've equipped my LHT with Jandd Extreme Front and Expedition (rear) racks and a nice set of Axiom panniers (Typhoon (rear-waterproof) and Lasalle (front)). So far I love the setup. I am riding to Maine in 3 weeks, so that will be the real test. I went with price efficiency on this purchase. In other words, I wanted to get the best bang for my buck. The Jandd racks I picked up for $75 each and the Axiom panniers for $200 for both sets! Both the racks and the panniers received great reviews on the various forums that I researched, and so far I have been very pleased!
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Old 08-14-09, 06:31 AM
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My Randonee has Tubus racks, LOCC on the back and a Tara on the front. Light, strong, and worry-free. The LOCC is great; it has separate rails for panniers and for whatever you strap onto the top. (If you only put panniers on the rear it's a bit much. I usually have a rack pack or a camping roll strapped down there.)

Panniers: I got Ortlieb rollers on the back and front for the waterproof-ness. I have a Lone Peak rack pack (Ortlieb doesn't make one), and it's wonderful but not quite waterproof without the rain cover. Zippers, you know.
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Old 08-14-09, 06:41 AM
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I've gone with Tubus cargo in the rear, and Jandd Extreme in the front with little known Deuter front panniers that have worked out nicely. I hope to add Deuter panniers in the rear as soon as my 25 year old Kirtland Tour Packs wear out.
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