I’ll admit, I’ve been bikepacking curious for awhile. As my touring continues to expand and evolve I’m thinking more about bikepacking options for 2021 and I thought I’d share the process on the pod. Join me, won’t you?
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Photo: ECR by Surly.
Exploring bikepacking options
- Evolving gear – what is touring and what is bikepacking? Does it matter?
- Expanding gear to suit tours best
- Slimmer profile
- Less gear for low or no camping touring
- More trails and gravel (hi WV!)
fork cages + dry bags (10L x2) = 1 ortlieb
EXCEPT… new fork doesn’t have brazons
EXCEPT current brake cables block ability to tighten
dry bag on rear rack or saddle bag
This is currently doable
With a rear rack this doesn’t do much.
- Ding ding. An option I’ve done before.
- Particularly easy for no-camping trips.
- For camping: Hammock? Bivvy or smaller tent?
- Probably where I’m heading. Surly ECR looks amazing.
- COVID continues to limit availability, and also Surly has slimmed down its bikepacking line (pour one out for the Ogre, not to mention the non-disc LHT!)
- Then add bikepacking bags.
- Build: go all out or frugally? I think my next bike might be more the former, but it really depends. This option gets very expensive, very quickly.
- I’ve been threatening a new bike for a while, but it’s a big outlay.
- I would need to justify its purchase by actually using it, or I’ll feel dumb/wasteful.
- Biggest thing working against this is the substantial overlap between my Safari and the ECR. When I ride one and could use the other, I’ll be thinking of waste.
- My spring tour is almost certainly on the Safari, it’s just a question of where… probably close to home again because it seems prudent to wait on the vaccination and summer for a longer ride
- Much more to think about!
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