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Gravel Rides - Pack

Old 12-10-14, 09:09 PM
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Gravel Rides - Pack

Looks like most of the Gravel Bike Races/Rides are self supported so, I was wondering how the experienced riders carry the necessary equipment and food needed for 100+ mile ride.

My friend purchased one of these:

TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - DynaPack? DX (w/rain cover)
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It depends on the race weather, and your own comfort level.

If it is warm out, bad weather isn't expected, and you'll ride by some places to get food/water, that pack would be fine.

If it is cold out, rain is expected, and/or you will have very few resupply points, I think that bag would be far too small.

Supplemented with one of these: Avenir Parts and Accessories - Avenir Excursion QR Handlebar Bag and you'd be fine for most anything.

Not sure which ride you are thinking of doing - but when I ride solo, remote gravel, I carry a full survival pack, and some extra clothes if there is any chance of it being cold or rainy out. The goal is to be able to survive a night in the woods, should I have a big crash or major mechanical breakdown in the middle of nowhere. But, some of the places I ride are really out there, and it may be days before I see another passer-by.

For warm rides, or group rides/events, the risk of freezing to death is a lot lower, and I just take handlebar bag. When it gets cold out, I add a rear rack and rack-top bag to carry everything (including a jacket, hat, and first aid kit). It makes the bike heavier, but beats the possibility of freezing to death or having a very uncomfortable night in the middle or nowhere.
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Originally Posted by Planemaker
Looks like most of the Gravel Bike Races/Rides are self supported so, I was wondering how the experienced riders carry the necessary equipment and food needed for 100+ mile ride.

My friend purchased one of these:

TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - DynaPack? DX (w/rain cover)
I did my first gravel century in June. Weather was BAD, pouring rain and crazy winds. Tough ride.... and the best ride of the year! (can't wait to sign up for the 2015 ride!)

The Westside Dirty Benjamin is unsupported with one rest stop (serving beer and hot dogs, they were out of beer and buns when I got there...). I had two large water bottles for the ride, refilled at the rest stop... after the rest stop, I should have stopped at the ONE gas station we passed to buy more. Otherwise, these two bags offered all the storage I needed for food and tools on the route:

Large Seat Bag | Banjo Brothers
https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde...ockpit/GasTank

I didn't bring a ton of supplies: cash, spare tubes, tools for minor repairs and the ultimate tool: cell phone. Food is different for everybody, I had a bunch of small Clif bars (110 cal. size), some chewy gels, and mix for the waters.

I expect you'll see a wide variety of bags at the ride. Figure out what you want to bring with, use a bag that will fit this stuff. And have fun on the ride!
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most of my long gravel rides are done in temperatures where a hydration pack is called for. I have thought of adding some other bag, but haven't decided on that yet
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I like this bag a lot, Mountain Wedge III

The jandd mountain wedge III is very stable and well made. It holds a fair amount of stuff.

I'm a bit skeptical of the attachment system on the Topeak but I could be wrong as Topeak makes decent products.
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I looking to get this bag on my new bike. As I look to try few gravel grinders/ races in the next year.

Topeak seat pack SideKick Survival Tool Wedge Pack:Amazon:Sports & Outdoors
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad
I did my first gravel century in June. Weather was BAD, pouring rain and crazy winds. Tough ride.... and the best ride of the year! (can't wait to sign up for the 2015 ride!)

The Westside Dirty Benjamin is unsupported with one rest stop (serving beer and hot dogs, they were out of beer and buns when I got there...). I had two large water bottles for the ride, refilled at the rest stop... after the rest stop, I should have stopped at the ONE gas station we passed to buy more. Otherwise, these two bags offered all the storage I needed for food and tools on the route:

Large Seat Bag | Banjo Brothers
https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde...ockpit/GasTank

I didn't bring a ton of supplies: cash, spare tubes, tools for minor repairs and the ultimate tool: cell phone. Food is different for everybody, I had a bunch of small Clif bars (110 cal. size), some chewy gels, and mix for the waters.

I expect you'll see a wide variety of bags at the ride. Figure out what you want to bring with, use a bag that will fit this stuff. And have fun on the ride!
Yeah man! Westside Dirty Benjamin was a total suffer fest! I loved every minute of it, I'll be back.

I used a Carradice Nelson longflap bag on a bagman rack. You don't even know it's there, I had 2 extra water bottles in it, a rain jacket, couple of sandwiches, spare energy bars, tools and random bits. Broke my chain at about mile 54. I had a spare SRAM quick link and was back on it a couple minutes.

I also used a small banjo brothers top tube bag and put cut up hunks of cliff bars and energy shots and stuff in it so I could eat a little something every 20 minutes or so without any hassle.
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