There are many ways to carry "stuff" on a bike. From luxury touring to running errands around town the solutions are as equally as varied as the needs. For the last 6+ months I've been riding the Fargo, trying different options for different needs. Here are a few of the ways that I've carried stuff on the Fargo.
By far the most typical setup, rack on the front and rear with panniers. This allowed me to carry massive amounts of "stuff" from Abby's delicious strawberry pie on the front rack to my shoes and booze in the rear panniers. This day I was loaded up for a ride to a backyard BBQ.
Of all the setups I've used on the Fargo this was by far my most used and possibly my favorite setup for all around use. I used this setup for commuting, overnighters, picnic's, errand running, carrying the CSA box, and much more. This particular day I was commuting to work with my laptop, lunch, and gear for the day. Right after this shot, my bike went for a short swim in the lake.
My favorite photo that I've taken of the Fargo. With the rack naked the bike turns into a midwest singletrack slayer. In fact the rack actually acts as a "brushguard" of sorts keeping the neddles and prairie grass at bay. Light=Fast
Here's another view of the front Porteur rack. I purchased this from Velo Orange the Rack itself was built at Banjo cycles by the "Rack Lady". While the rack isn't built for panniers and actually carries them a bit high for optimal handling it worked quite well. Anytime I used this setup I kept the pannier load light.Here I'm loaded for a breakfast picnic down on the river and a commute to work. The front rack is versatile and with loads on it the bike handled well. The Graffiti under the 494 bridge is some of the best in the Metro.
The final setup and how the bike rides today: Epic Designs bags built by proprietor Eric Parsons. With this setup I'll be able to do all the "light touring" that I want and still have room for some luxury along with the necessities. I've got my own adventure planned and this will likely be the setup I ride for that adventure. I'm loving these bags! They warrant another post to explain the details.