Is it as simple as backpacking on a bike?
Some of my set-ups using drybags:
I've now got a Revelate rear bag. No photos though.
Don't really use panniers off road, unless you count bivi-ing on a barge and riding the canal towpath?
I'm watching this thread with interest. Looking to try bikepacking for the first time in the autumn with the SDW.
We'll probably take a 2-man tent rather than a bivvy and have all the usual camping gear, so the real question is bags. Heavily stuffed 35l rucksacks might be nearly enough but that sounds unstable.
From reading around online, general concensus seems to be that an Alpkit Airlok Xtra plus bungees is an ideal way to do a handlebar bag cheaply and easily (would 8l be about right?). If I go down the framebag route then Alpkit seems the best way to go there as well.
Just a bit worried about the practicalities of attaching a standard Airlok drybag securely at the rear. Any tips? The Wildcat Tiger looks like a really nifty solution but at £55 for something that's just a bag holder it seems pricey, and any other specialised bags by Revelate etc cost an arm and a leg.
If you had to choose 2 out of framebag, saddlebag and handlebar bag, which would you go for for best balance/control?
Weight should be near to the axle as possible,for 6 months uk to Turkey return i had 45 liters on a rear carrier (karrimat strapped on top) and 20 liters on blackburn low riders by the front axle.When i toured scandanavia and n America were there is greater distances between supplies i would add a handlebar bag 15 liters and saddlebag of 20 liters but always pack heavy items low and keep light things higher..Rucsac while ive used them when touring on hired bikes in Zimbabwe and Botswana is an inferior,but useable option.
Wander on over to the CTC forum. There is all you need and more there.
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