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Friend wants to come has back, rack, and hiking backpack (metal frame)..

Old 06-08-10, 09:40 PM
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Friend wants to come has back, rack, and hiking backpack (metal frame)..

I've been getting my touring bike built for the past couple of weeks (mmm months ;( ) and I was talking to my friend (an avid hiker) about my plans and he wanted to come with. I helped him pick out his bike and I know the gearing will work on the candy ass tours we'll do (weekend get to the state parks in wisconsin drink beer /sleep under the stars (sounds like brokeback mountain)). He basically wants to attach his framed pack to his bike and get on the way..I know some people here hike and camp and bring their nice hiking packs with them.. Can you tell us how you do it.. What kind of rack do you use and how do you mount the bag? Ideally the bag would have all his stuff in there and then get attached to the rack.

He won't be solo I have huge panniers and my wife has a trailer..

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Old 06-09-10, 10:09 PM
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From FWIW department: What you describe is possible, but is not very practical. A frame pack is awkward at best , and would be a real hassle on a bike. If you could mount it on the rack, all the weight would be pretty high. Even an inexpensive set of panniers would be a much better setup. If the objective is to day hike when you get to your destination a 5,000 cu. in pack isn't necessary. A small daypack with sleeping bag and tent could be placed on top of the rack. The daypack and panniers should provide plent of capacity, lower the center of gravity, and be a lot easier to handle. Try loading the pack on the bike for a short trip around the neighborhood, and he'll probably come to the same conclusion.

Is there a compelling reason he wants to go this route? My advice : take all advice with a grain of salt
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Agree with above. I have ridden with my small axiom panniers (like 30 bucks for the pair) and a day pack and it works much better than trying to ride with a fullsize pack strapped to the top of the rack. With the fullsize pack, you end up with either a very long tail (well more than half my pack) or a good foot out either side. It just really didn't work, plus it was relatively hard to get it stable on the rack.
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