The wide variety of bikes, parts, and accessories these days can be difficult to navigate. But, lucky for you, the customer, some of us bike shop professionals are in the trenches, trying various products so you don't have to. Here are a few things that I like:
Except for my Ortlieb panniers, this is pretty much my touring set-up from last week's north woods excursion.
There's a lot to see here. The bike is my Curt Goodrich custom touring bike, but for all practical purposes it could be a Surly or any other similarly rugged steed. The racks are from Surly, but there are other good racks, too.
The frame bag is a Revelate Tangle bag, which is handy as heck and comes in 3 sizes. We have them in our online catalog priced between $75 and $78 at the moment. That's the large one shown here. What fits in it? I carry a 3L Hydrapak water bladder, a multitool, a small pump, tent poles and stakes, a tube or two, and this time of year, it's a good place for some gloves or a hat. Sometimes I put extra nuts or bacon in there, for a snack.
Speaking of Junk Straps: