- Inspire me with your bike packing pics
(a) Try not to focus too much on the bike. With the right kit selection and routes choice you can enjoy it on anything (though I appreciate that in your current situation, dreaming about kit/bike choice is extremely inviting).
(b) I wouldn’t not have a traditional, “flat-bar” MTB for bike packing, even though I may use other bikes on occasion too. Gravel/adventure bikes can be ideal on the right routes but for me would be too limiting on most others. The CAADX would, I reckon, be fine. The Habit could be made to work too, though you might question the compromises imposed by a FS frame.Posted 4 months ago
Sadly spending another weekend at the hospital but it’s giving me a lot of reading , well browsing time. So I’ve decided to hold on to my Cannondale Habit and kit out my CAADX for some Bikepacking trips locally at first to get the hang of it and refine the kit I’ll need.Posted 4 months ago
As much as I really like steel the CAADX is a sweet ride and will take 650b wheels if the notion takes me.
So more pics and some kit advice would be brilliant while I wait away the hours here.
For lots of (confusing and conflicting!) kit advice check out the Bearbones forums There’s quite a few of us who frequent both forums. Also worth checking Stuart’s reviews (he posts on here as still_s8tannorm)
Bikepacking kit and getting the right stuff is nearly as frustrating as finding the right bike! After you have most of the kit it’s usually a case of mix and match – the stuff I use for ITTs is quite different from pottering around and doing overnight bivvies for example.
There was a long thread on these forums on bikepacking but it’s probably closed now.
Hope your wife recovers quickly.Posted 4 months ago
Whitestone many thanks for the info and also your message of recovery for my wife.Posted 4 months ago
I have an apidura top tube pack and a frame pack already so going to grab a saddle bag and eventually a handlebar pack. My son is doing d of e so an opportunity for some father son bonding with him once things calm down.
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