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Can I add another option to the mix: frame bags. I recently spent a month touring Hungary and left my panniers at home. I rode a Vivente World Randonneur almost exclusively on roads and bike paths using a frame bag, seat post bag, bar roll, gas tank bag and chaff bags. It was perfect. When I tour with panniers my bike is bulky and maneuvering it around cities and ferries is so much easier. The bike's weight and bulk are contained within the parameters of the frame. One benefit (other than weight distribution and bulk) is that when you approach a ferry or other public transport (like a public train or even a taxi) you don't look like you have this huge unwieldy heavy bike. They really just see the seat post bag and bar roll, which only take up the same space (to their eye) as a rear wheel and handle bar.

I carried everything I needed in this set up for a month camping in Hungary. The only difference I would make is to use the rear rack to carry something slightly larger like a 30L day pack instead of the 15L seat post bag. That would allow me to carry a bit more food or inevitable extra purchase.

Just my two cents.

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