A traditional touring bicycle, like the one you have seen throughout this video course, carries most of its clothing, gear, food and equipment in a set of panniers, which attach to the bicycle with the use of either front or rear racks (or in this case, a set of both front and rear racks).
This method of carrying your equipment is the most popular means of packing for a road-based bike tour because panniers are easy to pack, relatively easy to access on a daily basis, they allow you to ride the bike in a normal way, once you get used to the extra weight that you are carrying.
Rack & Pannier Recommendations:
These are the front and rear racks you see on my touring bicycle in this video. These racks are made of steel and do cost a bit more than similar racks made of aluminum, but they will last a very long time!
These are the front and rear waterproof panniers I have been using on my bicycle touring adventures for more than 10 years. They aren’t cheap, but they are very good and will last a very long time. Highly recommended!
- Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Handlebar Bag
- Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus Rear Panniers
- Ortlieb Sport-Packer Plus Front Panniers
These are the more traditional (and slightly less expensive) waterproof, roll-top panniers that many bicycle tourists use on their cycling expeditions.
- Ortlieb Classic Handlebar Bag
- Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Panniers
- Ortlieb Sport-Roller Classic Panniers
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