Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby Wingnut » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:26 pm

I've noticed a trend lately to using front panniers with a frame bag...I wouldn't worry too much about the bottles, get a bladder to place in the bottom of the frame bag plus a King cage mount for the fork steerer or mount under the down tube...there's a few alternatives...
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Postby il padrone » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:51 pm

Front panniers (low-mount) and a saddlebag or large seat-pack works very well in my experience for light touring. Balanced load distribution and leaves frame clear for biddons and pump.

SQR Tour by Carradice is another smaller alternative to a full saddlebag.

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby baabaa » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:45 pm

If you ride a normal sized bike of 60cm plus then you will not have any problems with frame bags taking space away from bottles.
Frame pumps will not fit on a head tube peg with a top tube bag but you can find good pumps that are small enough to fit inside most top tube bags. For light loads, saddle bags do work well but I prefer normal front racks, very easy to lash anything to, not so with low riders which are designed to just carry panniers. A high sitting one allows you to cart your light and fluffy stuff soft like clothes sleeping bag/ bivy bag or fly well away from your wheels, you can still use panniers if your wish and pull them off and on quickly.
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby il padrone » Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:12 pm

I was replying to chillimagnum - he specified touring with no camping, no sleeping bag nor cooking gear. I assumed he is planning on staying in fixed accommodation (B&Bs, hostels, warmshowers), so carriage of bulky gear is kind of moot.
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Postby baabaa » Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:35 pm

So was I.
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby Wingnut » Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:05 pm

So really it's "credit card touring" rather than bikepacking... ;)
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby clackers » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:52 pm

I occasionally go four panniers. Nice balance, super stable once you're moving and good weight over the braking wheel, but it does kill the responsiveness of your steering.
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby Aushiker » Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:49 am

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Now this is a bike packing touring I dream of doing, well most of it ... :)

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby Wingnut » Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:23 pm

Nice..

This is one I'd love to do...who says you can't bike pack extended distances...

http://www.mikehowarth.co.uk/cafayate-s ... e-atacama/
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby sogood » Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:33 pm

This fits the topic better!

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby SchuMi2 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:23 pm

Here is my first attempt at a frame bag...working on a seat bag and handlebar harness. Cant wait to test it all out in a few weeks.

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby chillimagnum » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:15 pm

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... _id=369979
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The total weight of this fully loaded package, ready for touring is 45 pounds. The includes the bike, all bags and their contents.
The contents include tent, air mattress, sleeping blanket, clothing, camera, toiletries, maps, plastic eating utensils, tire repair equipment, etc.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... _id=387099
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby RonK » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:12 pm

Jeff Jones has announced the Jones Plus, a 29+.

This may be the ultimate bike packing machine. Now, how about a Ti version Jeff!

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby Wingnut » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:26 pm

Apparently fat bikes are the ultimate in bikepacking...

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:56 pm

If you only want to cover 30km a day…
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby Wingnut » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:24 am

30km a day on a fat bike is further than you'll get in some places with a 26", 27" & 29" bike...
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Postby singlespeedscott » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:37 am

If your riding the dunes of the Simpson Desert that would be about it.
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby SchuMi2 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:39 am

My current set up after it's first weekender...

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby nezumi » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:48 am

SchuMi2 wrote:My current set up after it's first weekender...



I like the seatpost mounted fuel tank - clever! :)
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby dalai47 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:08 pm

@SchuMi2 - Looks like you are carrying a lot of gear for a weekend? Are the seat and handlebar bags also self made?

I'm planning on riding the Goldfields track over 2 days later this year - but am hoping to make it with just a saddle and handlebar bag.
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby SchuMi2 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:08 pm

dalai47 wrote:@SchuMi2 - Looks like you are carrying a lot of gear for a weekend? Are the seat and handlebar bags also self made?

I'm planning on riding the Goldfields track over 2 days later this year - but am hoping to make it with just a saddle and handlebar bag.


We were carrying all the gear we need for our 3 week trip from Melbourne to Sydney via the Snowy's at the beginning of November. Wanted to try the setup for balance etc and fitting everything in. All our gear is shared between two bikes. Seat bag = clothing, Frame bag = all spares ( bike and gear spares), handlebar harness = tent, sleep mats/pillows, ground sheet, bike cover, water and fuel tank bags = personal electronics etc. Wife carried the rest eg. cooking, food, sleeping bags etc plus her clothing and personals.

Seat bag was purchased but the frame bags, handlebar harnesses etc I made myself. We also both carried a back pack (20l)

Wouldn't mind doing the Goldfields one day.
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby RonK » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:42 pm

Very professional looking frame bag I must say. Are you a trimmer perchance?
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby SchuMi2 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:53 pm

RonK wrote:Very professional looking frame bag I must say. Are you a trimmer perchance?


Thanks Ron...but no...these are my first sewing attempts ever!! Refinements to come.
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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby Wingnut » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:54 pm

I'm thinking of updating my tyres and rims to these at some stage...

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"Designed as a dirt tourer, the frame (Troll) has clearance for the massive 26×2.75 Dirt Wizzard Tires on 50mm Rabbit Hole rims."

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Re: Bikepacking - an alternative way of touring...

Postby dalai47 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:21 pm

3 weeks! That explains it...

SchuMi2 wrote:these are my first sewing attempts ever!! Refinements to come.


Really? Looks well finished!

From your earlier post... 8)

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