After being an obessive dot watcher on this tour I think that I need to do this, or even start bikepacking. As a roadie I am into these drop bars. I am really into these rigs and curious if you have one how it's set up or any pictures. I have been through this about 10 times.
@bananaface I get the inspiration! I just purchased a bikepacking bike this spring and I am slowly getting the bags for it. I have the seat bag, and a couple of feedbags. I am just agonizing over what to chose for a frame bag. There are so many cool options out there! I am going to ride the Colorado Trail in summer of 2021 so I have some time. The bike is so much fun to ride. I take it on the road, gravel, and singletrack. I know there are a couple of other bikapackers on here maybe they will chime in.
What kind of bike did you get? I used to live in Colorado and now that I am in New Orleans all I want to do it ride up and down mountains that we don't' have here. I like the idea of the Salsa cuthroat but when I do the Colorado Trail in a couple years I think I need to get a more mountain bike, bike than a gravel touring type bike. Relevate designs makes some great packs
Bedrock is a colorado company if you prefer to support Colorado businesses
I ended up getting the Cutthroat. For me, it made the most sense in relation to the other bikes I already have. I am in the same boat with what bike to use on the colorado trail. There are advantages to the Cutthroat (the detours around the wilderness areas) and advantages to a full-on mountain bike (the techy singletrack areas). You just need to decide on what advantages mean the most to you. I have checked out so many bag options that I feel like I have too many good options.
Ride safe out there!
I am anxiously prepping to eventually do the Tour Divide. (Working on carrying over sufficient vacation days and $aving up for a gravel bike.)
In the spirit of being self-supported, I will be designing/making my own frame bag. Fortunately I have access to a sewing machine and my wife who knows how to use it...so it will be a team-effort. We looked at several bags in REI. She saw the frame bags and said, yeah, that should be simple enough, but when she reviewed the seat bag, she said - better just buy this one. We made 3 bags (top tube, frame, and gerry-can) for when I did the Colorado Trail Race in 2018 for my full suspension bike that worked great and saved $$$. Looking forward to doing it again for Tour Divide setup.