Epic Tours:

From weekend trips to round-the-world adventures, epic is in the mind of the beholder.

Bike touring is a wonderful and enriching way to explore the world. It yields such interesting photos and stories.

We're not afraid to say it: bike touring makes you a better person.

And this is where we say it.

Read about those adventures and the gear that makes it possible -- the gear we have on, BikeTrailerShop.com and BikeBagShop.com.

Submit your Bike Touring Photos

When we send a bike rack or pannier off to a customer it's always with the hope that it is going somewhere amazing -- epic.

But the accessories we sell can't take their own photos (yet). So we need you to send us photos from your bike tours to exotic locations. Send us anything from that shot of you and your bike at the top of the summit to that shot of your perfect rack and bag setup. Submit your bike touring photos here and we'll let you know when we publish them.

Open discussion: Bike Panniers or Bike Trailers?

Here at the Bike Shop Hub we love both bike panniers and bike trailers for our commuting and touring needs. Some of us swing more to one side then the other, but we want to know which one you prefer and why? Check out this article we wrote awhile back discussing this very dilemma, Panniers VS. Trailers, the battle royal.

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8 Responses to Open discussion: Bike Panniers or Bike Trailers?
  1. The Edge
    August 11, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    I’m gonna have to say I am definitely a pannier man. Not to say that bike trailers don’t have there place, but I like having the weight of my load centered around me which helps keep the bike a little more maneuverable.

  2. BJN
    August 11, 2010 | 12:55 pm

    Panniers for most riding. They’re just a lot easier to deal with. However, there’s only so much that panniers can carry, so when the load is heavy and/or bulky, a trailer is the way to go (or a trailer and panniers on the bike).

  3. big jonny
    August 11, 2010 | 2:39 pm

    I have to go with the trailer. Reason? I’ve never found a set of pannier that I don’t strike my heels on. I’m 6′ 4″. That said, carrying stuff on a rack is great. Same with a front bag of some sort. But, when I need to carry a few things, I use the trailer.

  4. TruckStopSally
    August 11, 2010 | 4:27 pm

    I would say I like trailers, panniers are just too Euro.

  5. Optimus Prime
    August 11, 2010 | 4:36 pm

    I can go both ways when I’m on long tours. A set of front panniers for clothes, food and small tools, and a trailer to carry all the bulk items works for me.

  6. Ted
    August 11, 2010 | 5:16 pm

    I’m looking to come up with a solution that’ll increase the likelihood that other people in my family will be motivated to do errands and commute by bike. I’m on the fence.

    I’m thinking a typical grocery haul is about six bags. So what I’m really weighing is a trailer vs. panniers on an Xtracycle.

    I think I’m leaning toward the trailer. Ask me again tomorrow.

  7. Ian...
    August 14, 2010 | 6:05 pm

    My main use for luggage is for grocery trips.

    I’ve tried both & prefer carrying a bit less with panniers/top of rack for the sheer maneuverability through traffic – it’s a bicycle sized package & fits into bicycle sized spaces.

    That said, the ‘trailer’ I tried was a kid hauling device. Getting ready to leave a supermarket one day, I was accosted by an old lady keen to have a look inside (presumably at the kids that weren’t in there LOL).

    The look on her face was one of, “Have I seen a box of cornflakes or lost me marbles?!”

    Priceless, and occasionally worth taking the trailer for ;>D

  8. Bill
    August 17, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    When it comes to unsupported long-distance touring, there seems to be room for debate on this question. But for my needs–namely, hauling a lot of crap around in a big city–the trailer wins, hands down. Two racks plus four serviceable panniers comes to at least $400 worth of gear; for far less money you can get a good trailer that carries more stuff with less fuss over straps, closures, etc.–and you don’t need a specially designed touring frame to hitch one up. Unless you’re already riding a Long Haul Trucker or a 520 (etc. etc.), a trailer will deliver more hauling capacity per dollar than panniers.

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