Bike touring

Discussion in 'Rides, Races and Events' started by Riggedfmx, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Riggedfmx

    Riggedfmx Active Member

    Hi all!

    I'm planning a long bike tour next summer! I have my rig picked out and now I'm looking to decorate it with packs that I'll need. I have a saddle bag. I'm going to put a small rack on the front. I'm stuck on whether to get a half or full frame bag. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations on the brand or full/half?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Karate Monkey

    Karate Monkey Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monmouth
    Pics of what choo got.

    On road? Off road?

    Budget? Nitto front racks are good, but super expensive.
     
  3. Riggedfmx

    Riggedfmx Active Member

    I ordered a salsa vaya. I'll get some pics when it arrives. More on road with some gravel. If I'm going to be on the road for a month do I need a full frame pack or can I get away with a half.
     
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  4. Flaubert

    Flaubert Formerly RobW

    Location:
    Hartshorne
    Going full hipster or half? ;) I would say full frame. If you're going to use that real estate you may as well get the most out of it.
     
  5. Karate Monkey

    Karate Monkey Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monmouth
    Some thoughts:

    First, settle on a packing list. Go through it a few times, deciding what you need/can't live without.

    Unless you have a huge frame, you'll lose most of the access to water bottles/frame pump etc by going with a tangle bag. If you aren't going to have those on the bike anyway, go with the full frame--it's nice to have the compartmentalized bag. Heavy crap at the bottom, and all that.

    Revelate makes a good bag, but they are expensive; you get what you pay for. Consider a Surly/Salsa branded bag that is intended to fit your bike/one very similar to it.
     
  6. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Cranford
    Does this mean you are not racing next season?
     
  7. Riggedfmx

    Riggedfmx Active Member

    Thanks for the feed back and tips guys! I was looking into the apidura full frame bag. Anyone Experience this brand? @pooriggy i am racing cat 1 until july when I start my trip south. So I'll be thrown into mix with you guys :p
     
  8. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Cranford
    Nice, glad to hear you are staying with SS racing.
     

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