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Trying Out Bikepacking on Carbon Road Bike

Old 08-24-18, 04:46 AM
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Trying Out Bikepacking on Carbon Road Bike

All my touring over the years has been on a 1995 Trek 520 and it has all been credit card style touring under a week in length. Last year I bought a Trek Domane road bike, and wanted to be able to do 1 or 2 night short trips with it.

Since a few times each year I do an 85 mile one way ride to a friends house (my wife and friends drive down) and I needed to carry sneakers and a change of clothes, I added a Revelate Visacha saddle bag, worked great. To carry my cell phone in a handier place when I might want to take photos on day rides, I tried a Timbuk2 Goody Bag, but it was too wide when I stood on the pedals. Switched to a Relevate Mag Tank bag. On my 54 inch frame the cockpit is a bit crowded when stopped at a light, but usable.

That capacity is enough for 2 day rides, started looking at handlebar bags for longer trips. I have dry sacks I use kayaking, so I'm going to try out the Oveja Negra Front End loader dry bag mount and see if the dry bag stays dry enough. The bag I'm using is 8L and can easily be rolled down enough to leave plenty of hand space around the STI shifters. The Oveja Negra system has lots of straps involved - not a quick mount approach but easy to get the dry sack on and off.

Labor Day weekend (next weekend in the US) I should get to try a shake down ride, see how everything feels. I might end up saying "just stick with the 520 and the panniers/trunk bag for multi-day rides...

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I like the Domane design, would buy this as a gravel and road bike, but would change to a beefier wheel for gravel and/or carrying loads. Iím also a Clyde who kills wheels.
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Re "sticking with the 520....", sure it will depend on how much stuff to carry, but recently I overhauled my "faster" bike and have been riding it a lot--its been about two years since Ive ridden it, and I think its fair to say that you will enjoy riding the lighter bike and the overall bike+load much lighter weight compared to big panniers and a heavier bike.

Don't get me wrong, its diff situations and whatnot, but it is fun riding a light bike where your average speeds are higher and all that.

With your frame bags etc, one very important thing to be aware of and use common sense is putting tape on all the contact points with the velcro and straps, to avoid the inevitable rubbing / scuffuing on the frame, seatpost etc that you dont want happening on a cf frame. On any frame, steel, alum, the paint will get scuffed up and worn.
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This is the future. Ultralight carbon or bamboo frames with bike packing bags.
Good bye to heavy steel bikes and superfluous racks.
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I did two short tours on a titanium gravel bike with a similar setup. Added a partial frame bag and a much larger dry bag on the front. Used a backpack to carry food to the campsite, but otherwise was able to carry everything for an extended tour.
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I modified my Jamis Renegade carbon "adventure" bike. Replaced the drop bars with butterfly trekking bars, replaced drive train, shifters and brake levers with mtb stuff, 26/38T crankset, 11-42 cassette. Handlebar roll straps on the front of the bars, no interference. Full Relevate Ranger frame bag, Viscacha seat bag. It works well enough for gravel or dirt, but I wouldn't want to do singletrack on it.
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