Bikepacking - a viable alternative to racks & panniers

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  • Yeah!
    +enNiclas, It's pretty good, mostly carries my everyday locks and I leave the bag on the bike, but works for lunch, or beers, or spares/repair kit/food on rides, also works as a crossbody bag off the bike and fits a small camera setup. I wasn't sure about the closure system but after using it it's easy enough to open and close with one hand while riding.

    Not as cool looking as the outer shell or other more boutique bags but definitely does the job for the price👍

    I rekon it might a bit smaller than the outer shell tho so depends on your needs, if it was only for my camera gear I would go for the outer shell with padding or some bigger one like this­erywhere-bag
    or even larger like this­-bag

  • Anybody here got a pro tip for packing / compressing down sleeping bags?

    I have a pipedream 400 which allegedly will compress to 19x14cm, which volume-wise should mean it fits in an Apidura fork bag, but I have found this to be impossible

  • Get a stuff sack?

    Just put one end it, start ramming it in, then roll the top closure a little, then put your weight on it and compress down while it vacumes the air inside.

  • This was basically my intention for the fork bag, since it’s really just a roll top bag, but it wasn’t happening. I tried the seatpack instead and the bag took up the entirety of the 7L so i think I’m just being shit.

    Are tapered stuff sacks a thing?

  • Alpkit used to sell them with nifty compression sacks. I got an identical one from SnugPak (size small) after I lost the original.

  • I've found my blackburn drybag with a valve to be invaluable for packing. It's an extra point of failure but means you can really squeeze down a drybag/stuffsack while rolling up the closure and then close the valve, locking it in.

  • This might be a long shot but I'm setting off for an overnight (my first bikepacking endeavour) at the end of next week and before I start spending loads of money on kit (which with any new venture seems to the the habit/risk, and there are lots of good recommendations on here) I'm wondering if anyone on here has a saddle pack (I'm guessing around 11/13+ litres) that they think is good and would consider lending me for a couple of days so I can try it out before investing? I'm in Hackney, would take absolute care (and the weather looks good), and happy to pay rental in beer / pastries / whatever / leave a guarantee...drop me a PM if there's any chance. Cheers everyone.

  • Roswheel frame bags are on Amazon; I think it's a price glitch. I got one for £16 last week, about £45 cheaper than everywhere else. It's gone up a bit now but it's still cheap. Seem good quality and medium fits a medium topstone perfectly.

  • Borrow is always cheaper than buy.

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Bikepacking - a viable alternative to racks & panniers

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