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Old 04-20-12, 04:57 PM
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Loading / unloading your bike

Sounds straight forward, but how do you actualy load the panniers onto you bike, full or empty....how do you keep from tipping the bike...
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Old 04-20-12, 08:16 PM
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Full and have the brake locked so it won't roll.Lean bike against something if you can, I sometimes just lean it against me and load the bags onto the racks.
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Full.....put them all in the tent full.



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Old 04-21-12, 05:18 AM
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I can't imagine emptying and re-packing my panniers each and every day. I lean the bike against my leg and remove the rear rack bag, then the outside front, then inside front pannier, then the two rear ones in no particular order. To repack, the two outside bags, lean the bike against a wall or tree and load the rest. Like everything else in touring, I kind of develop a procedure that becomes routine after a few days. Kind of like just 'knowing' where everything is in the panniers without having to rifle through everything.

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Old 04-21-12, 08:05 AM
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Full.....put them all in the tent full.
Full and never put bags that contain food in the tent. I live in bear country and would rather not have visitors in the middle of the night...nor get a bear killed for my carelessness.

As for the physical act of putting the bags on the bike, I lean the bike up against the largest object I can find, like a picnic table, a wall or a large tree. Put the bags on the outside of the bike first, then lean the bike on me and put the other side on. Tent and sleeping bag go on last.
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Old 04-21-12, 08:21 AM
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Usually full. I put them on the same way as cyccommute does. Once on the bike my panniers generally stay on the bike and loaded for most of the tour. Only what I need to sleep, my handlebar bag, and clothes for the morning go in the tent. The rest stays on the bike.

That all has changed somewhat lately for me since I stopped using panniers in favor of dry sacks.
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Old 04-21-12, 08:29 AM
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front panniers, lay left pannier on floor, place right pannier opposite.
lay rear left pannier 3 feet to the right of front left pannier
lay rear right pannier 3 feet to the right of the front right pannier

effectively panniers are laid on the floor

walk bike in between panniers, holding bike, stand on left hand side, put rear right pannier on, move to other side of bike and put left hand pannier on.

repeat for the front panniers. All the time you are holding the bike upright and moving round clockwise until bike is fully loaded. you don't need supports this way and can be done in the middle of a field and works the same everytime.
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Old 04-21-12, 08:30 AM
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if you also put bar bag at the front in between front panniers and tent at the back in between rear panniers they are easy to attach as well. you are letting the bike take the strain
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Old 04-21-12, 09:49 AM
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Bags, Beckman 'needle works' + my custom raincovers,
secured with buckles. when tenting, I just leave them .. on.

Ortlieb, can be more easily removed.

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Old 04-22-12, 05:57 AM
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The bicycle is leaning against a wall, picnic table, tree, or whatever.

First I put on the full handlebar bag.

Then I take one full pannier and clip it onto the rack, on the side facing me.

Then I turn the bicycle around and lean it against the wall, picnic table, or tree facing the opposite direction.

Then I take the next full pannier and clip it onto the rack, on the side facing me.

Then I put the full Carradice on the rack and attach it.

Done.


Incidently, questions like these highlight the need for short practice tours.
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