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Old 12-10-08, 06:39 AM   #1
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Weekend camping/hiking trips

Can you fit a fully-loaded (complete with tent, sleeping bag, etc.) 60 L backpack on a rear rack, or do you have to take stuff out and rearrange?

If you have to rearrange, how do you deal with it? Do you just completely unpack everything, roll up your backpack, and put it in panniers? That seems like redundant packaging, but much easier than using a lot of bungees for loose odds and ends.

Anybody have any experience with this kind of trip? What I have in mind is riding to a national park, getting a campsite, and maybe do a long hike and some backcountry camping from there. I've done plenty of this by car, but never by bike.
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Putting everything on the rear rack would produce a pretty unbalanced bike. I'd get racks front and rear. Reduce your load, look at ultralight hiking sites, and pack using stuff sacks that can be strapped front and rear.
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A loaded 60L backpack would be very awkward. I think you're better off using panniers and leaving the empty backpack on the racktop. That's what I did. I carried a ~40L pack for six weeks just for a 3 day hike. If you don't have panniers yet, panpack makes convertible panniers. I have no experience qith them and reviews are few but good. They sell a separate belt and shoulder straps. My guess is that you need it for serious hiking.
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Nashbar sells a pannier with shoulder straps. No idea how far you'd want to hike while carrying it on your back. Don't own one, etc., but here is the link:
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- A trailer would work well for this
- Yes you can do it on a rack but the straps etc. hang all over the place and it is hard to secure the pack. I've only tried it on short distancs and didn't feel secure if the pack was full
- If you can travel light, you can use an ultralight setup to good effect. Look at Nun's setup, or his lightweight packing thread. You could use a frameless pack like a golite breeze which is pretty light.
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