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Having done a lot of touring many years ago using standard bike panniers, I became intrigued by the thought of reducing air drag with some other type of carrying arrangement.
I just completed a short 120 mile trip using dry bags and a Arkel Tailrider rack bag. The dry bags are to store all I need at the end of the day, while the Arkel contains the day use items.
I attached the dry bags to the racks using two sided Velcro. I got a little wear on the forks from abrasion, so I used some strapping tape to protect the paint. Some of the black paint from the rack came off on the rear bags, but you could use tape here too. I added the red duct tape for additional protection of the bags.
Since they are stuff sacks, you can put a lot into them. Total weight of all equpment including panniers but without food or water is 20 lbs.
Details: The Genesis of the Idea
I have been intrigued by the idea of using more aerodynamic touring bags instead of bulky panniers. I decided to try dry bags from water sports. I use the bags to carry my equipment needed at night, and an Arkel Tailrider for things mostly needed in the day or which won't fit in a dry bag. The dry bags can be stuffed so you can carry a lot in them. They are attached to the racks with two sided Velcro. I got some paint from the rack on the orange bags but no other noticeable wear. I added some red duct tape for good measure. The front bags were wearing the paint on the forks, so I used strapping tape to cover the the forks. It all worked well on my first 120 mile three day trip. No rain testing yet.
My biggest surprise was using my Arkel under the mattress pad to make a pillow, and then placing the cloth stuff sack with clothes on top.
Using some online calculators I estimate that I save between 150 to 300 calories in a 50 mile day (depending on headwinds) over traditional panniers. The frontal area is about 40% less than an Ortlieb Front Roller (small bag) and the cylinder shape is about has about half the coefficient of drag. The bags are about $30 each and weigh about 40% less than panniers.
Here is my equipment list:
First Aid Kit:
Equipment in top bag
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