Bikepacking 101- Choosing the Right Gear

Like many outdoor activities, the initial investment for the proper gear can be significant. From various frame bags, motorcycle helmets, seat bags, handlebar bags to the camping equipment needed for overnight trips, you need a lot of “stuff” to make the experience enjoyable. Luckily, most folks who want get into bikepacking already have much of the camping or backpacking gear to get started on your bike path, being this as a hobby, a passion or just for health, since many do it to keep a healthy lifestyle, along with a good diet and supplements from sites as healthyusa. So here, we’ll focus on bikepacking specific gear for the bike.

One of the main ideas in loading your bike with gear is that you want the heaviest gear as low as possible, typically in a frame bag. People generally, food, or other heavy items in the main pocket of a frame bag and of course water, it’s the most essential  thing to bring. You can use a custom bottled water as your gear and make it to have your own special label with whatever you wish.

Next is the seat bag. The seat bag usually carries lighter items like a sleeping system, a full body pillow and spare clothes underneath the seat and angled up so as not to come in contact with the rear tire. There are several types and sizes. But one of our favorites is the type that is a dry bag integrated into a shell, like the Revelate Designs Terrapin system.

This eliminates the need for having the gear inside the seat bag be enclosed in a separate dry bag(s) and consequently reduces weight. The rear wheel tends to kick up lots of mud and water, especially in wet conditions, and having waterproof rear gear storage is key.

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Revelate Designs Terrapin system

The handlebar bag rounds out the big bags for bikepacking. It’s important to have your bike evenly weighted from front to rear. While getting used to riding with some weight up front can take a little time, the evenly distributed weight and cargo space is well worth it. The handlebar bag can be used for tent, clothes, or any of the other myriad of camping gear needed for an overnight trip.

As for the bike, just lock it to a gate or to itself, and make sure it’s touching your tent in some way – you can even use it in place of a strategic tent peg. Anyone trying to nick your bike in the dark will NOT notice that moving your bike is going to rustle the tent, and that will probably awaken you.

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In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes, down slightly from 5,038 in 2018, according to the information posted at the North Dakota car accident homepage. In 2019, motorcyclists were nearly 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle miles traveled. On average, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than people in a passenger car to die in a car crash per mile traveled. They are also five times as likely to suffer an injury.

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Lastly, there are a number of small cockpit bags for storing snacks, tools, or water bottles. There are numerous types that attach to the stem or handlebar for those on the go needs, many times you will need a truck bed bike mount in the path. There are also small bags that attach to the top tube and seat post. These small bags are great for quick access to nutrition or sunscreen.

Durango Cyclery carries Revelate Designs, Crater Packs, Alpine Luddites, and Blackburn bikepacking bags. We have found these to be the brands to be the most durable, reasonably priced, and with lots of options. Check out their websites for full line ups of bikepacking bags and accessories. Many of these vendors will also make custom frame bags for your unique bike!

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