Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Honeoye Falls, NY
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Madone 5.2
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Thanks for the feedback although unfortunately I'm not sure it helps. I'm really interested in the backpack design due to its portability (not attached to bike) and not big or bulky (pannier).
I've been riding for years, raced some, and don't have a "touring" bike. The tour I'm planning is for a trip around Lake Ontario in 5-6 days with my wife providing SAG support (as she doesn't ride). It's a nice tradeoff where we both get a vacation, I get to ride 100 miles every day, we get nice accommodations, I don't have to lug a tent or sleeping bag and we have car access for sightseeing, dining, etc after my daily ride is done.
Because of this, I plan to only carry my wallet, levers, tube, patch kit, some CO2, a pack or two of Gu and water. I figure this can all fit into a backpack or backpack and saddle pack. Since I'll need a small backpack anyways it seems like having the hydration pack as a safeguard against running dry would be a nice to have (asI 've heard that there are some stretches along the Waterfront Trail in Ontario where water availability is limited).