So people shared their experiences, and you've said "nah, I'm right".
Again I think you mis-understand. I said it SEEMS less convenient to me, and it still does. However I'm perfectly happy to try different options, as I've said a couple of times on the thread.
Barring a few caveats, I think it's a matter of preference. Those caveats, as I see it, are:
1) Racks may break. As I said, I need to do more research. I can't believe no-one's made a rack that won't carry 10-15kg of stuff without breaking, that just seems mad.
2) Panniers may catch on stuff and be awkward when negotiating techie stuff. Fair enough, but I don't think that would be a problem on the TDR. I have yet to scrutinise the route though - can anyone confirm or deny that?
3) Panniers may weigh a bit more, but I reckon there's not much in it with some light bags. I can sacrifice a bit of weight I think, but not a lot.
3) Panniers may cause more air resistance, that could be a drag if you're ploughing into a headwind for a few days. The dry bag on the top of the rack would fix that though.
I don't think that panniers mess up the handling much. I've ridden plenty (lately mostly through London and other cities) with lots of weight in them, and they seem a particularly GOOD way to carry a load, to me. There would also be extra space if I do need to carry say lots of water or food.
People who use panniers may well tend to over-pack, but it doesn't mean you HAVE to over-pack if you take them!
might see you at the BB200
Hope so - I'll be the one on an XC race bike and wearing a rucksack
tho you could go for lighter panniers
Yeah I use Ortlieb bags for commuting, there's no way I'd use them for the tour. I've got more research to do there, but if they are all that heavy then I probably won't use them.
I recently got a Blackburn MTN-2 rack for commuting, it's not particularly beefy but because it's smaller and fits close to my frame it doesn't wobble about and should be strong. It's quite light though, must be less than a kg.
EDIT: Tubus Cargo Classic cromo steel rack, 40kg rating, 533g.