This summer I exchanged pannier bags for a Revelate saddle bag. It meant I had much less storage space and was forced into packing smartly and frugally.
Maybe because the weather was so good I got away with bringing a lot less clothing.
A couple of other benefits were the bike was easier manage, was more stable, less bulky as the load was over the rear wheel rather than on each side.
The other major plus is travelling through the airport. The bike fitted into my bike bag much easier and I was able to put all my luggage in their too.
The bike bag is a clever idea from Ground Effect of New Zealand. It’a a sturdy canvas type bag that folds up, allowing you to