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Old 04-19-15, 04:29 PM
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My Road Bike touring setup



Rear bag - Shelter (Hammock, tarp, bug net, pocket blanket, rope), repair kit (tire tube, tire levers, pump, hex keys), video camera, medical kit, hygiene kit, fixed blade knife, entertainment (PSP), flashlight with extra batteries and handlebar mount, TP, charging cables, outlet to 4x USb port converter, solar charging 7500mAh battery pack.

Handlebar bag - Clothes, food and riding accessories like gloves & shades.

Mini panniers - Phone, wallet, folding knife, rechargeable bike headlight & tail light, food easy to eat while riding, chap stick, lighter, fatwood and a flask with wild turkey.

Seatpost bag - waterproof coat.

Bike - 2x water bottles, bluetooth speaker, 700x25mm gatorskins, stock Ridley Fenix aside from the luggage, tires and bar tape.

Any questions? Let me know. Can show the actual gear if anyone cares.
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Excellent. Have you done an overnight with this setup?
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum
Excellent. Have you done an overnight with this setup?
Yup! Just did my third test overnighter. Gonna make a couple of tweaks to my setup, then planning to head out for 800+ miles this week.



Setup for a rain ride



What camp looks like before I setup my tarp and waterproof me & my gear.
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Nice set up.

I'd probably try to keep your food and clothes in separate bags.

What clothes are you carrying?
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Looks slick! Might that be an Ibera PakRak? And if so, how do you like it? I'm on the verge of purchasing one myself.

EDIT: I think I just read your review on Amazon, and pulled the trigger on the 'Mini.' Should be more than enough capacity for me, since I'm mainly looking for change of clothes, food, extra water, camera, and tools.

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Nice rig, cool setup.

BTW: Shouldn't you be using tree wraps on your hammock installation?
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Very nice. I'm jealous of the set-up. I'm not quite to the point where I want to give up my rear panniers but that's all I carry and I use them every day commuting and shopping anyway.

One gram-weenie suggestion is to exchange at least one of your water bottles for a re-purposed 1-liter soda bottle--more capacity, less "dry" weight.
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Originally Posted by BigAura
Nice rig, cool setup.

BTW: Shouldn't you be using tree wraps on your hammock installation?
What are the point of those? I've read they're supposed to reduce damage to trees or something, but my setup never messes up the bark from what I can tell.

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Looks slick! Might that be an Ibera PakRak? And if so, how do you like it? I'm on the verge of purchasing one myself.

EDIT: I think I just read your review on Amazon, and pulled the trigger on the 'Mini.' Should be more than enough capacity for me, since I'm mainly looking for change of clothes, food, extra water, camera, and tools.

I bought it so I could commute without a backpack, and it was perfect for that job. I like it enough that I started using it for overnighters, and after I got used to using it for those I figured why not tour with it. I bought the rest of those Ibera bags because of how much I liked my first. The mini panniers are great for things you frequently access, and the handlebar bag seems solid so far.

As for what clothes I'm bringing, I'm going to tweak this a bit but here is what I brought on the last two overnighters:

- Riding gloves & safety glasses
- hi viz jacket
- Waterproof coat and pants
- Cycling shorts and full length tights
- 2x dri fits
- Long sleeve thermal top
- extra socks and boxers
- Hat
- Cold weather gloves
- Balaclava
- Headband

I think I'm gonna trade the hi-viz jacket for a beanie and base layer tights to help me stay warm as I travel north through Appalachia.

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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff
What are the point of those? I've read they're supposed to reduce damage to trees or something, but my setup never messes up the bark from what I can tell.
I'm not a hammock person, but I do see that most are using them now. I assume that trees differ in their fragility. You might want to check with the hammock sites. I'm good with whatever if you're leave-no-trace and do-no-harm compliant
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OH, dude that's great how light that is. Do you happen to know how much weight you're carrying? I'd love to get down to what you've got here, but I love having bike buckets in back to paint "From NY to CA" or wherever we're going, which prompts people to talk to us. Hmm... Maybe a sign would do... Regardless, good luck on your 800!
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Originally Posted by okbikeanywhere
OH, dude that's great how light that is. Do you happen to know how much weight you're carrying?
The handlebar bag is about 6.5 pounds.
The panniers / seatpost bag I didn't bother to weigh, I'd guess 1.5 pounds combined.
Rear bag wasn't weighed with my final setup, but the first overnighter it weighed 7.3.

So about 15lbs of gear, 18 pounds of bike, and 220 pounds of human.

I'm sure I'll drop a few pounds over the next two weeks though.
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When you've gone to such a low volume baggage setup it's a good idea to think about what you'd do if you needed to carry extra stuff like a couple of 2 liter soda bottles or extra food for a long ride between supply opportunities. A lightweight (2oz) nylon back pack is good to carry stuff, although IMHO having some spare volume in you bike luggage is a more comfortable solution.

One thing I notice is the lack of insulation for under your hammock or a sleeping bag. I hope you don't have any cold nights!

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did you make a video by anychance
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I am putting something like that together to make a 420 mile one way trip to see my dad. Not sure if it will hold 3 pairs of shorts and jerseys, rain gear, and the other tidbits. Looking at your setup, I might be ok. I know. I need to get off my butt. I have a handlebar bag and Reveleate Vescace saddle bag. Total volume is around 15L.

Nice setup btw. GL.

I am going to run a more comfortable tire (32mm Compass Extra Legere)
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You are my minimalist hero. I'm guessing you are doing the restaurant thing?

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Originally Posted by nun
When you've gone to such a low volume baggage setup it's a good idea to think about what you'd do if you needed to carry extra stuff like a couple of 2 liter soda bottles or extra food for a long ride between supply opportunities. A lightweight (2oz) nylon back pack is good to carry stuff, although IMHO having some spare volume in you bike luggage is a more comfortable solution.
I keep some extra stuff sacks and carabiners, ropes & bungee cables for that purpose. I'm a big fan of stocking up on fruit at those roadside stands

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You are my minimalist hero. I'm guessing you are doing the restaurant thing?

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I try to carry about 1.5 days worth of food, and plan my travels so that I ride through at least two towns a day. Typically I just buy cheap snacks like nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, tuna pouches, peanut butter & crackers etc. while in town. Also lots of fresh fruit. I'll splurge and get something from a restaurant once every few days. I eat all the meat I can on those days.

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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff
I keep some extra stuff sacks and carabiners, ropes & bungee cables for that purpose. I'm a big fan of stocking up on fruit at those roadside stands
That's good, but what about a sleeping bag and some insulation for under your hammock.
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Ended up bringing my sleeping bag too. Will make the nights comfier!

Started a blog too if you want to follow my journey

My Life on my Bike
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