Originally Posted by AScott
Thanks. There are a couple of shops in the area, but the closest is about 15 miles. I'll have to wait until my next trip to town. I'm fairly isolated out here. I don't really know anyone who bikes more than casually.
Why would panniers be odd on this bike? Those are the bags on the back, right? If I add a rack they should be OK, shouldn't they? I can't imagine riding with a pack, so I need some way to carry my gear.
Like I said, I'm totally new to this. I may be asking the wrong questions.
It may still be worth a trip into town. Check out all of the shop reviews that you can find via the Internet; it's not as good as knowing someone who bikes, but it's better than nothing.
Panniers would be odd with that bike 'cause most folks don't tour with that style of bike. It's just outside my personal experience to see someone with serious panniers (not the little rack baskets, but full panniers) on a bike like that. Then again, it would be outside my experience to see someone with serious panniers on my bike, too...
Yep, if you add a rack, they should go on just fine. Another thing you might want to think about is frame bags instead of panniers. If you're going ultralight, it may be worth skipping the weight of the frame altogether and simply strapping stuff sacks to the bike frame proper.
MedicineMan shows off a couple of bikes using that method in this video
, at about the 0:50 and 8:00 marks. Both give a good feel for what it looks like with a seat bag and handlebar bag attached to a bike. You can also go with a frame bag (it is in the shape of the hole in the frame under your torso and is narrow to avoid knee strikes as you pedal) for more storage.
Or, if you want to get creative, I simply strap my pack to the seat. I show how in the beginning of this video:
It also shows it off towards the 9:30 mark.
Hope it helps!