There are two seasons of the year: 1) bikepacking season and 2) bikepacking planning season. A corollary being that it is always time to be thinking about your bike and the trail. So let's see your bikepacking rigs and how you have them set up!
Pardon my rudimentary 'editing' skills on this photo (sorry @REI-CarterC!) but I'm particularly interested in how you all pack your bike for the most effective weight dispersement, balance, and maximum carrying capacity. I am dreaming of some longer rides but am struggling to know where I would put all the food needed to sustain trips longer than a few nights. I'm not opposed to also carrying a pack on my back, however, I currently have my system dialed to either not needing one or using my sweet fanny pack.
Let's see some bikes!
Oh heck YEAH!!! I would definitely be down for that! It looks awesome, and right up my alley! Mostly rail-trails and similar. If I decide to try more than section rides, I'll have to hit you up @REI-JohnJ for some bike-packing tutelage.
Here is my surly straggler, built it specifically for touring/packing 2 weeks ago, since then I have put over 200miles on it and currently back on the c&o for 4 days testing out my new REI panniers!
what kind of handlebars and what are the tire dimensions?
Thanks I’m going to check out those handlebars. Have you ever had a chance to compare to Jones bars?
all the best
So... Finally had the maiden voyage on the bikepacker I built. It was a 4 day, 3 night 160 miler from Ithaca to Watkins Glen to Keuka Lake to Sampson State park and back to Ithaca. Great trip and everything worked great! We did have some rain on day 3 but it was all part of the adventure. In the photos (my editing skills are very limited so I will just describe) on the drive side front pannier I had sleep gear (camp quilt and sleeping pad) Drive side rear pannier I packed clothes and off-bike shoes. Non-drive side front bag held cooking and comfort (camp chair, JetBoil & spare fuel, cup, and pillow). Non-drive side rear bag held toiletries, solar panel, and a hammock. Frame bag held hydration system and food. Trunk bag carried tool kit, first aid kit, rain gear, gloves, and head sweats. I also had 2 feed bags for extra water bottle, cell phone, and road snacks. My tent mounted to the handlebars. Including the weight of the bike, I was at 85 pounds (the Surly weighs about 32). So, 53 pounds of gear. Not bad really.