- Bikepacking help
Wildcat here: http://www.wildcatgear.co.uk/products/
Alpkit here: http://www.alpkit.com/bike-luggage
Revelate Designs here: http://www.backcountrybiking.co.uk/product-category/revelate-designs-gear/Posted 3 years ago
rowlapa1974 – Member
No! Not the old carrier bag on the handle bars trick, that cost me a broken elbow and two weeks in hospital!
All camping stoves and stuff too, in fairness, the carrier bag was just food and water etc, so was getting emptied and disposed off as ye go.
double bagging is the trick there! 😀Posted 3 years agodohMember
Like my relevate saddle bag but pretty pricey compared with the other options these days and I was about 4 months between ordering and delivery.
Wouldn’t bother with a bar roll again a couple of good straps threaded through some old sections of inner tube for grippage work much better.Posted 3 years ago
Not tried a frame bag yet but use a couple of old fashioned triangle bags (one upside down going from top tube to seat post )to carry a reasonable amount of stuff and still use a bottle.
Alpkit extra drybags with the straploops are a very good buy as well.compositeSubscriber
Wildcat harness on the front.
No Logo bikepacking frame bag and top tube bag.
Alpkit feedbag on the stem.
bikepack.eu saddle bag.
If you can afford it go wild cat everything but if you have a more modest budget then the No Logo frame bag is made to measure and IMO better quality than the alpkit stuff.Posted 3 years ago
The bikepack.eu stuff is nicely made but I’m not 100% sure that Pawl is making bags anymore even though the web site is still online.
I’m working on a new mounting solution with Porcelain Rocket, for a bikepacking specific 650b fully rigid steel bike I’m building,
Scott is a great guy to work with, and his quality is top notch.
Though you might want to wait and see what we’ve come up with…Posted 3 years ago
thanks rowlapa1974, hope to put some finished pics up soon.Posted 3 years ago
tho I think this project will be a long one..the good ones always are.
The old framebags were really elegant, I’m hoping to do something as nicely integrated, as well as practical
without them weighing a ton, like full leather ones.
Really happy to be collaborating with Scott, as he’s quite simply one of the best framebag makers.farawayvisionsMember
My partner and I use 13L Alpkit dry bags on wildcatgear handlebar systems. We also have Wildcatgear seat packs with 8L dry bags. Dan has a fuel tank (can’t find the brand) the ‘Ocelot’ which is a partial frame bag that fits under the top tube from Wildcatgear. We also have Alpkit Stem Cells. I’ve just posted a review of the stem cells over on my blog and will be uploading reviews of gear we have over the next few weeks.Posted 3 years ago
A full frame bag has been ordered from Wildcatgear, but be aware there is a wait of up to 8 weeks for one of these as they are made to measure.noltaeMember
The overall weight of kit strapped to most bikes doesn’t seem enough to warrant being encumbered with so many little bags and straps – just ride with a 40 – 60 litre pack – first time I did couldn’t believe how easy I found riding with around 12kg – for seriously long expeditions this may not work but for long weekends I think a.backpack is good enough … Plus if one finds any fun sections along route you can just take your pack off and ride rather than fiddling arround with all that Velcro !Posted 3 years agoCheeky MonkeyMember
The overall weight of kit strapped to most bikes doesn’t seem enough to warrant being encumbered with so many little bags and straps – just ride with a 40 – 60 litre pack – first time I did couldn’t believe how easy I found riding with around 12kg – for seriously long expeditions this may not work but for long weekends I think a.backpack is good enough … Plus if one finds any fun sections along route you can just take your pack off and ride rather than fiddling arround with all that Velcro !
I find riding distance with much weight in a pack an unpleasant experience.
Having gear lashed to the bike puts it lower and gives better weight distribution and handling when riding off road.
Dropping gear to ride a section and then going back to pick it up seems a waste of time, IMO.
Each to their own 😎Posted 3 years ago
acehtn – Member
If i could on here i would send Seosamh77 some rep points
Keeping it real, keeping it budget, keeping most likely to what my first attempt will look like.
I assume the over the bars in soft mud was a soft landing I do have ambition to improve, but aye, seem to be working well, and has cost me a fiver for a set of bungee cords!
the otb, was fine, was a slow mo otb and a soft landing, was giggling for about an hour after it, so one of the good ones!Posted 3 years agosoulbrother99Member
hi i’m thinking of making my own framebag once exams are over 😕 i was looking at this fabric-
is this suitable? also just wondering what stiches to use etc. i have very little sewing experience any help would be appriciated.Posted 3 years ago
Soulbrother99, I made my frame bag (see previous photo) using the P18 fabric from Penine Outdoor. Alpkit et al. use Dimension Polyant fabric, which seems rather hard to get hold of in this country (any ideas anyone?) and is quite expensive from what I understand. I used a 4mm closed cell foam to pad the edges which I lined internally with P13 Nylon from Penine Outdoor. A single compartment bag is much easier to construct that the double compartment bags. As far as stitches just use a straight stitch and then reinforce that with a zigzag (if that makes sense). The main thing is to think it through really carefully, mark up your fabric and cut it precisely and make sure you know how you are going to work the details – zips etc.Posted 3 years ago
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