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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Bikepacking...Literally. on 05/14/2013 22:09:27 MDT Print View

There's a self-supported loop nearby that I've had my eye on for some time. ~25 miles hiking up a canyon followed by ~55 miles down the mountain on a bike. I'm aiming for doing it in a day, but might want to turn it into an overnight. The beauty of really light backpacking loads is that I could still be under 40 pounds, even with my 30# steel beater MTB on my back. I thought about simply pushing the bike the whole way, carrying it when necessary (mounting a shoulder sling in the frame), but the canyon has too many stream crossings and short boulder filled stretches to have my hands tied up.

Out playing around with packing configurations earlier; very subjective to pack type/bike, but I found a pretty quick way to mount the MTB securely on my Kelty Satori.
It seems that taking off the pedals is worth having to carry a pedal wrench. Dropping the seatpost would likely be a good idea too.

I'm now trying to figure out ways to get the broken down bike on and off the pack quickly (it's hard to access pack contents with the bike on it).

Anyone else like carrying bikes on their backs? Any tips/thoughts?


Nelson Sherry

Locale: Mid-Willamette Valley
Re: Bikepacking...Literally. on 05/15/2013 08:30:36 MDT Print View

Sound like a fun adventure. I'd try and pack anything I need access to in as small front pack, or the very top of the main pack, and then not worry to much about having to get into the main pack while the bike is attached.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
packbiking on 05/15/2013 15:28:04 MDT Print View

David T
(DaveT) - F
bikepackin. on 05/15/2013 16:16:45 MDT Print View

Nice Craig.

Trip report requested, especially if you turn it into an overnighter!

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Bikepacking...Literally. on 05/15/2013 16:46:20 MDT Print View

I know nothing about this subject... but nice haircut!

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Bikepacking...Literally. on 05/15/2013 17:02:56 MDT Print View

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Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
swap pedals on 05/16/2013 09:50:01 MDT Print View

Instead of bringing a pedal wrench, swap to one of the many pedals that install with a 6 or 8 mm hex inside the spindle. That way you can just use the minitool/Allen wrenches you would probably bring for general use anyway.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: swap pedals on 05/16/2013 12:35:01 MDT Print View

"Instead of bringing a pedal wrench, swap to one of the many pedals that install with a 6 or 8 mm hex inside the spindle. "

I thought the same thing, but realized that he's probably rolling on some old school flat pedals w/ Power Grips or something along those lines. The Nishiki frame with vee brakes is a dead giveaway on the age of Craig's bike.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: swap pedals on 05/16/2013 15:45:03 MDT Print View

Yeah, I should swap pedals.

I do have a pair of DH style platforms with a hex on them.
I'm currently sporting the stock Nishiki pedals with plastic cages/straps to keep it all old school.

I have a much sexier/modern MTB but I keep coming back to the old Nishiki. I love beater bikes.

Angus A.
(mangus7175) - F

Re: Bikepacking...Literally. on 05/16/2013 16:01:30 MDT Print View

If you're mostly going downhill you should check this out as an option