Hello, I've had a browse of the few voluminous threads on the matter but quickly got overwhelmed! So any advice appreciated. Sorry for the long question too.
I'm planning on dipping my toe in this bivvy / bikepacking lark over the summer. I'm pretty well seasoned so far as wild camping goes, so camping / bivi gear etc, packing light etc. I'm comfortable with.
My problem is that I'll have limited time for this, so I want to make the most of every trip - I'm trying to do as much learning / thinking in advance so have to do less fannying on / making mistakes as I go.
The main thing I'm trying to work out at this point, is what style of riding I would most enjoy and what bike to do it on.
The type of trip I will be doing will be mostly just 1 night microadventures. I may possibly go so far as doing a 2 day / 2 night trip.
I also think I will be relying heavily on local facilities e.g. pub, chippy for food, in order to keep the weight down / outlay low (so will really just be carrying sleeping gear, warm gear and a stove for a brew). There won't be any self supported or multi-day epic shenanigans.
Given the choice of any normal summer ride, I will always tend to go towards the more technical end (winch & plumet) of things, however I think being more ladened up, I'm going to need to moderate my expectations a bit, and go a bit more XC. But I would still like some tech thrown in (if it's doable)
I've got the following bikes to play with, in increasing levels of gnar:
1. Geared CX bike. Could be built up with road tyres, skinny cx tyres, or monstercross-ish
2. Singlespeed xc hardtail (26") could be built up geared at a push.
3. 140mm 26" full sus. Mainly built for rocky days like the peak, lakes, calderdale etc, but also pedals fine for longer xc sections (especially well if I put lighter wheels on). This is my go-to bike in the summer.
At the moment I'm thinking I'd like to give it a go on the full sus, built with the light xc wheels. For a bigger trip I would probably do something like get the train out into the middle of the peak or the yorks dales, ride back home to Leeds generally on xc trails but with the odd bit of tech thrown in (e.g. if doing peks, the classics like across the beast, cut gate etc). Stop somewhere on the way after a meal at the pub.
Does this seem like a reasonable plan of bike and route? Or would I be better off just accepting I am laden up and have more fun taking it steadier / non-tech on the cx bike? Will I die?
PS thinking 13l seat pack / 20l bar pack and about a 20l rucksack would be easily enough storage, and does not mean I need to buy a specific frame bag, until I have worked out what bike I like using best.
thanks for any advice!!!!