Travelling light - Racks and bags.

Dave-M
Dave-M Posts: 206
edited May 2010 in Road beginners
Hi,

The wife and I fancy a few weekends away staying in B&Bs while travelling on our bikes.

We both have Allez Elites and want to travel is lightly as possible. I think I could cope with a tooth brush, flip flops, t shirt and shorts. She'd clearly need a hair dryer!

Would a topeak MTX rack and MTX bag suffice? I have a feeling MTX is something to do with mountain bikes, so not sure if it will fit.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Topea ... 360006687/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Topea ... 360039784/

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2010 Specialized Allez Elite
2009 Specialized Rockhopper
2009 Quintana Roo Seduza

Comments

  • skyd0g
    skyd0g Posts: 2,540
    The pannier rack and pannier bag would fit - the rack attaches to the seatpost alone (via a clamp) and the bag clips on top of the rack - so they would physically fit your bike and work together.

    The only concerns I would have is whether this would give you sufficient capacity (volume) and if it does this, whether it would support the weight you have crammed into it. There is the danger of it swinging round while you're riding.

    I'd personally look at more traditional pannier racks & bags that attach to more points - the side struts spread the load, keep side bags away from spokes and would hold more weight and bulk.
    Such as: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Topeak_Super_Tourist_Rear_Rack/4000000148/
    Cycling weakly
  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    I did LEJOG and often commute with a seatpost rack and rack bag. Just make sure you don't exceed the weight limit of the rack (mine is 8kg) and you'll be fine. I've never had issues with mine swinging around.
    More problems but still living....
  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    I did LEJOG and often commute with a seatpost rack and rack bag. Just make sure you don't exceed the weight limit of the rack (mine is 8kg) and you'll be fine. I've never had issues with mine swinging around.
    More problems but still living....
  • carrock
    carrock Posts: 1,103
    Dave-M wrote:
    Hi,

    The wife and I fancy a few weekends away staying in B&Bs while travelling on our bikes.

    We both have Allez Elites and want to travel is lightly as possible. I think I could cope with a tooth brush, flip flops, t shirt and shorts. She'd clearly need a hair dryer!

    Would a topeak MTX rack and MTX bag suffice? I have a feeling MTX is something to do with mountain bikes, so not sure if it will fit.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Topea ... 360006687/

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Topea ... 360039784/

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    My wife and I use the Topeak bags with panniers- she uses the big one http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Topea ... 360012462/ and I use the smaller one http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Topea ... 360043342/

    Both have panniers- her bag has 20 litre capacity, mines about 8

    The advantage of the beam rack system is that both bags simply slide on and off- no need for fiddling with bungees etc.

    Highly recommended- but for 2 racks and 2 bags will cost you getting on for £200!!!!!