As I told before, I like to hike and to ride my mountainbike, so I decided to combine the two in a bikepacking adventure! With hiking and mountainbiking, I already got quite a lot of the gear you need to go out for a week. My mountainbike is a Giant Terrago 2 from 2018. The frame is aluminium and the groupset is a mix of SLX and XT. At the moment I use Schwalbe tires which are 2,25 inches wide. This is quite wide for going on the road, but I use addix speed tires and they haven’t got a lot of rubber on it and for mountainbiking, they are very fast tires. After debating it for some time I decided to keep them on and not spend 80 euro’s on new tires. The advantage of being tall is that I have a big frame, so more room for bottle cages and bikepacking bags. Also, I found a way to put a bottle cage on my steer to carry an extra bottle. The bike has SPD paddles.
I got myself 4 bikepacking bags, 3 from Ortlieb and 1 from Topeak. After some research I liked the Ortlieb bags the most and in the end I found some very good offers so I got the handelbar pack (15 litres), the seat pack (16,5 litres) and the triangle framepack (6 litres). Ortlieb has a small bag for on top of the frame, but the zipper is in a weird place in my opinion. You want easy access to it and that one hasn’t got it. I got the Topeak Toploader.
I think all the gear I want to take with me can fit in it, but I haven’t tried it out 🙂 all my hiking gear is pretty light and small so I’m guessing it will fit. I do have a small backpack (10 litres) for mountainbiking so if I haven’t enough space, the backpack will solve it. If I do that, I also can bring my camelbak.
The clothes I will wear when riding are bibs, undershirt, short sleeve shirt when warm en long sleeve shirt when cold, all from Craft. I will bring a wind breaker from Bontrager and I will also bring mountainbike trunks from Endura, also I will bring leg warmers when it will get cold. I don;t have a specific rain jacket for cycling but I will bring my Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket. The most important thing is that is has “pit zips”. These are zips under your arm which will let the warm air out so you don’t cycle in a sweatbox. I’ve got standard Shimano SPD shoes, but I’m still looking for better, more comfortable SPD shoes. And last but not least, I will take my helmet with me.
The camping gear and clothes I’m taking with me you can find on my lighterpack account. As you can see, I’m not bringing a lot of other stuff and clothing with me. In this way I can stay light on the bike which will give me more fun cycling. During the trip I will take more pictures of my gear and will post it to my Instagram account, so follow me if you want to know more! Like my Facebook page if you want to see my new posts on Facebook.