• 09-17-2014
    jeff.morton
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    My modest rig
  • 09-17-2014
    vikb
    ^^^ behold the Mighty Krampus. :)

    Nice to see another Green Bikepacking Machine :thumbsup:
  • 09-17-2014
    jeff.morton
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    ^^^ behold the Might Krampus. :)

    Nice to see another Green Bikepacking Machine :thumbsup:

    Thank you sir
  • 09-20-2014
    hydepark
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    Surly Big "Fat" Dummy! Rabbit hole 26" x 50mm rims with 26 x 3" Dirt Wizard tire front and Maxxis DH tire in rear.
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  • 09-29-2014
    RobertAxle142
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    BOB Trailer with Front Old Man Mountain Rack
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    Trek Fuel EX 9.8 29'er

    Front rack - Old Man Mountain. They make the most bomber racks. We've used them for touring all over the world. Rack is attached to the front axle with a Robert Axle manufactured thru-axle that Old Man Mountain sells. Ortlieb panniers.

    BOB Trailer with Robert Axle Project thru-axle for attaching the BOB.

    This was on a quick single track tour in Oregon to get some more riding in before the snow flies. The rack in the front balances the trailer and makes for a killer ride, whether bombing down windy single track or climbing up a roots and rocks.

    We've been longtime BOB Trailer fans as they track like a dream on single track and allow you to take a six pack of beer if desired.
  • 09-30-2014
    FrontRanger

    Great setup. Glad to see someone making thru axles for the BOB
  • 09-30-2014
    RobertAxle142
    Yeah, thanks. It has been an endeavor born out of passion for bike touring with a BOB Trailer. I love the set up.

    We also make axles that allow for hitch mount trailers such as Chariot, Thule, Burley, etc.
  • 10-01-2014
    C. Alshus
    From a five day trip in january.

  • 10-01-2014
    Welshboy
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    Attachment 928124Karate Monkey with all Revelate Designs on recent trip from Italy to Switzerland
  • 11-12-2014
    catsh16
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    Xtracycle = offroad cargo machine
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    Daily commuter and tour rig.
    Xtracycle on a Sp. stunt jumper with, krampus 29er front fork. All bags by UpSki.
    UpSki - Wind Mountaineering

    Pictures from Schofield Pass during weeklong on/off road Carbondale - Aspen - BV - Crestedbutte - Marble (Colordado).

    Attachment 938573

    With the super-low center of gravity and long wheelbase, I found this to be more stable than the previous trip on a fatbike.
  • 11-12-2014
    bmike
    Fargo sold. Krampus the new rig. Waiting for a Rohloff to arrive for a wheel rebuild.


    IMG_3809 by mbeganyi, on Flickr
  • 11-12-2014
    thesilversurfer
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    My bikepacking rig from a trip in the Canadian Rockies this year. 2012 Aluminum Fatback 170mm, expedition fork, 90mm UMA's, full Sram XO, Hadley Hubs and Thomson and Ritchey hardware. Full Relevate and Porcelain Rocket bag setup. Lots of storage and she rolls super good for a loading fatty. Riding fat all year round.
  • 11-19-2014
    CHUM
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    Coworkers lent me a Fatback, rack and bags/panniers so I could give bikecamping a shot.

    40 miles, ~8K footies and 3 days later I am hooked.

    rad time. caught like eleventymillion bass :)

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  • 11-20-2014
    Nomad Ninja
    Where did you go?
  • 11-20-2014
    Nomad Ninja
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    My buddy and I did a bike packing trip to Henry Coe last year, had some luck but not eleventymillion. I'm a bike packer in Ben Lomond, if you're ever looking for new routes or challenges, hit me up with a PM. We try to do trips once a month, quick over nighters all around the Bay Area. In fact we're heading back to Coe on Thanksgiving weekend for an overnighter at Coit Lake (weather permitting). Glad you had a good experience, I'm surprise I don't meet more bike packers in the Bay Area, primo locations for quick overnights.

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  • 11-20-2014
    CHUM
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Nomad Ninja View Post
    Where did you go?

    Henry Coe State Park in Northern CA. Mississippi Lake was on fire for Bass. Coit Lake was good as well - just much smaller fishies.

    I was primarily using 4" handpours on a carolina setup...top water jigs (like a jitterbug) were effective as well.

    made it fun with 4lb test :)

    this pic is like 3' from Designated Wilderness :)

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    camp spot on Mississippi lake

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    Coit lake sunrise

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  • 11-22-2014
    mpharris
    Post your Bikepacking Rig (and gear layout!)


    My fargo setup for the great allegheny passage


    Sent from my Apple II using Tapatalk
  • 11-23-2014
    lextek
    Some beautiful photos. It's been nasty weather here in Westen New York.
  • 11-29-2014
    SimpleJon
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    A couple of pics of the Monkey
    Crummy iPhone pics - A mixture of revelate and JPaks bags from a 3 dayer done in Malaysia as prep from the Munda Biddi which I went on in Oct 14. The 180mm rotors and bars hadn't arrived, but otherwise as is . Will post some pics as soon as I get them extracted from a damaged SD card.
    The XX1 was also on there temporarily (always was destined for a new FS build), The Monkey now has a Rohloff.

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  • 12-05-2014
    younox
    my ex :(



    my current :)

  • 12-15-2014
    mdilthey
    My 20" Surly Karate Monkey outfitted for a little overnighter in Western Mass. Check out more pictures and a full kit list Here.

  • 12-16-2014
    Co-opski
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    three fatbacks on one page. Way to go page #25!!
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  • 12-20-2014
    RogboAK
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    I thought I posted these once before, but here they are again! Custom skewer and fork on the B.O.B to addapt to my Borealis Yampa.
  • 12-23-2014
    jbphilly
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by younox View Post
    my current :)


    How's the Carradice saddlebag work for off-road riding? I considered one for a while, but ended up ordering a soft bikepacking-style bag instead...it loses on volume, but AFAIK wins on weight, price (after you factor in all the extra hardware for the Carradice), lack of attachment points and screws to work loose, and width/weight distribution. Still, the idea of having more than 14L to work with back there is appealing.
  • 12-23-2014
    jdee2wheels
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by younox View Post
    my ex :(



    my current :)


    Curious to hear your reasons for switching bikes. Also wondering why you didn't carry the rohloff over to the new bike.
  • 12-24-2014
    Harryonaspot
    I am wondering how you like the Carradice seatbag.
    Thanks
  • 12-25-2014
    younox
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jbphilly View Post
    How's the Carradice saddlebag work for off-road riding? I considered one for a while, but ended up ordering a soft bikepacking-style bag instead...it loses on volume, but AFAIK wins on weight, price (after you factor in all the extra hardware for the Carradice), lack of attachment points and screws to work loose, and width/weight distribution. Still, the idea of having more than 14L to work with back there is appealing.

    Well, that's all true and actually I can't really tell much (only that it's a lot more comfortable and versatile) as it's brand new. But I've been riding with some guys using them and they seem to do a great job. So I went and got myself one to try. :)
    Though I think it's definitely more the bag for long touring where comfort and durability wins over lightweight.
  • 12-25-2014
    younox
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jdee2wheels View Post
    Curious to hear your reasons for switching bikes. Also wondering why you didn't carry the rohloff over to the new bike.

    Well, it's been several reasons and actually nothing special in particular ..
    First, in my area and with its provided terrain, I simply can't use the fatbikes benefits, so it's basically just slower and heavier (especially as it is build as a touring bike). And those long trips that take advantage of its features are happening only once a year or so.
    Second, the opportunity to swap was just perfect. Mike, who I sold it too, could really use it and was super happy to have the opportunity to swap in the middle of his south america tour and for me, the 29er is better for allround use at the moment. Though it's just a temporary solution, as I'm planing to build a belt drive pinion something with suspension fork. But that's quite a bit of money that needs to be saved and I need some kind of touring bike in between.
    And third, I just like to try new things.

    I guess at some point I'm going to build another fatbike but at the moment, I simply don't need it resp. can't use it to its full capabilities.
  • 12-25-2014
    NZPeterG
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    My Specialized Awol
    Hi all
    Well i'm just started setting up my Awol for Bikepacking because i'll be riding in the Kiwi Brevet Kiwi Brevet 2015

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    Kiwi Pete :thumbsup:
  • 02-12-2015
    TheAxiom
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    When you just need to get out there...
    This is my 199? (I think?) Iron Horse AT-10 that I found in the garbage and rebuilt. I'm in grad school in IL and had a bunch of backpacking equipment, a rack with Wald baskets and a Carradice Camper Longflap, so I went with it.

    I'm slowly moving up in the world this year. I've got a great set of Thule commuter panniers to work with my Pack 'n Pedal (nee' Freeload) rack and will do for some short weekend stuff. I'm working on getting a frame and handlebar bag for my next spring break trip.

    In a year or two, hoping to crack the Great Divide with this bike.
  • 02-12-2015
    Mr Pink57
    <a href="http://photobucket.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v319/mrpink57/Bike/89A50631-BBAA-4E60-9E3B-163B70C08D5C_zpsbraclxwe.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 89A50631-BBAA-4E60-9E3B-163B70C08D5C_zpsbraclxwe.jpg"/></a>
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    Currently buliding up my IGH now. And planning on another big o fender for the rear.
  • 03-18-2015
    krull
    2 Souls Quarterhorse with MYOG Bikepacking Setup:











    The seatbag is dropper post compatible and carries my 700g down sleeping bag.
  • 03-27-2015
    pokerface
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    biketouring set-up
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    Here's my set-up. Taken in Sahuaripa, Sonora, Mexico. Surly ECR with Rohloff on Duallys/Knards loops. Been bouncing on this set-up on some dirt and paved roads since Alaska minus a detour to the Pacific Coast due to high snow when we were in Montana.

    A bit on the wee bit heavy side compared to what I've seen here so clearly I'm envy. My wife is sending her panniers and rack back to Toronto when we arrive in Zacatecas and will have a bikepacking set-up. I have most of our camping stuffs so combing the web for some help. I'm finding a multi-year tour seems a bit more challenging in terms of striking the right balance in choosing the equipment/gear that I need to carry.

    Though we're currently on a multi-year tour, I still want to get some ideas how can I cull my current load. It's so easy to fall into the 4 panniers, duffel bag on top of the rear rack, and bar bag set-up especially when you consider the clothing and gear you might need for the whole 4 seasons.

    I'm curious what kind of gears you guys use when you have a bikepacking set-up. TIA.

    Dean
    instagram.com/pedalling_slow
  • 03-28-2015
    Harryonaspot
    Hi. Just read thru your crazyguy blog. Looks like a great trip. I am planning the same trip for next year and trying to figure gear and bags as well. I have toured with full panniers and full bikepacking gear. I will probably go with a hybrid setup like you have. I used a setup like that for 10 weeks in NZ a few years ago and was happy with it.
    As far as suggestions go, it would help if you posted your gear list. Or pm me for more discussion. Good luck
  • 03-29-2015
    jbphilly


    My Pugsley in Wadi Rum earlier this month.

    There are 5 (count 'em) 1-liter water bottles on the frame itself, which leaves the entire frame bag free for food. The handlebar roll is pretty much just a quilt, a few clothes, and a tent (footprint and fly only), plus odds and ends in the pocket bag. The gas tank has snacks and the normal contents of my pockets (phone, wallet, passport, Leatherman). The saddlebag has the rest of the clothes (I brought a lot for that trip, expecting cold nights) and a Thermarest sits on top.

    I also had a daypack, which I could fill when needed with another 3 liters of water, and more food. I never really needed as much food as I had, but I was glad for the extra water capacity. I also skipped a potset and stove on this trip, and some bike tools as I was riding with a couple other people and mooched off their pump/multitools.

    For warmer-weather trips I'd save a bunch of space by bringing less clothing - in particular, my fleece and bike pants were bulky. I'm planning another several-day outing this next week and expecting much warmer weather so I'll have to see if I can consolidate things to the point of not needing a backpack.
  • 03-29-2015
    sonoma_traveler
    Julian, that Wadi Rum trip, on your website, looked incredible. Great photos. Nick and Lael have previously inspired me by looking at their websites. It must have been interesting riding with them. Thanks.
  • 03-31-2015
    pokerface
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Harryonaspot View Post
    Hi. Just read thru your crazyguy blog. Looks like a great trip. I am planning the same trip for next year and trying to figure gear and bags as well. I have toured with full panniers and full bikepacking gear. I will probably go with a hybrid setup like you have. I used a setup like that for 10 weeks in NZ a few years ago and was happy with it.
    As far as suggestions go, it would help if you posted your gear list. Or pm me for more discussion. Good luck

    I'll post a kit list here so everybody can chime in incl. my wife's since we''re sharing gears.

    Dean
  • 04-04-2015
    She&I
    krull, I dig your setup. Nice work.


    First time out overnight on this bike, rigged for four days with decent resupply options and technical riding here:


    PDF of the image above is here.
  • 04-11-2015
    bmike
  • 04-11-2015
    vikb
    ^^^^ nice work Mike. :thumbsup:

    Krampus FTW! ;)
  • 04-11-2015
    bmike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    ^^^^ nice work Mike. :thumbsup:

    Krampus FTW! ;)

    Thanks Vik. S24O tonight. First of the season.
  • 04-16-2015
    vikb


    Latest bikepacking setup for my Krampus.

    The Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion seatbag is very rigidly mounted when riding, but pops off the bike easily for unpacking/use around camp. Nice upgrade. :thumbsup:
  • 04-16-2015
    asollie
    I'm doing an overnight tonight to test my setup in awful weather. Should be fun!

  • 04-17-2015
    smartsnake
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    My rig is on the left, I travel comfortably. Not sure what that other thing on the right is for?

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  • 04-17-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
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    Hola!

    I few days ago I returned from my first warm up trip (bikepacking Northern Argentina). My ride was an old dirt jumper (Kona Cowan) with a few upgrades (higher seatpost, gears, DIY bags, Maxxis 26x2.4)... obviously it wasn't the best choice for this trip, but it was the one I own and got the job done :)

    Saludos,
    Federico

    PS: As soon as I'm able to put together a decent off-road touring bike I'll be heading to Chile to ride Carretera Austral as my 2nd warm up trip!


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  • 05-03-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Geeze6700 View Post
    Here is my bike pack gear. I prefer to keep the weight off the frame to improve bike handling.
    Total pack weight without food and water 7 lbs solo or 5lbs 9oz with partner sharing.
    Gear:
    Pack - zpacks zero backpack small with webbing belt and side compression straps
    Tent - zpacks prototype tent 27 oz use bikes instead of poles (new hexamid duplex tent 25 oz w/2 poles)
    Bag - zpacks 40 degree bag
    Pad - NeoAir Xlite regular
    Rain gear - zpacks cuben fiber jacket, pants, mitts
    Insulation - Icebreaker long underwear, beanie, gloves
    Socks - Heat holders thermal
    Jacket - Patagonia nano puff pullover (inc. in weight but not in pic)
    Gigapower stove, fuel, titanium cup, spork, backup matches
    Bear bag and line
    Toiletries bag - TP, tbrush, tpaste, sunscreen, bug juice, liquid soap
    First aid bag - neosporin, bandaids, 4x4s, benadryl, dermabond, steristrips, and coban.
    Pump - lezyne HP drive (with flexible hose)
    Repair bag - derailleur hanger, chain link, cleat bolt, zip ties, duct tape, Lezyne carbon multitool.
    Water purification - MSR aquatabs 30 min. 1 bottle on bike.

    You could cut down on weight and forget hot food and leave the rain gear if the weather looks good. My son did ask why we were not bringing a frying pan and bacon.:)

    The zpacks guys are great to work with and the gear has lots of options.

    The pics are from a loop in the white clouds of Idaho (big and little boulder trails) with my teenage soon. A great time!

    Hola Geeze6700!

    LOVELY setup... I wish I could travel SO light :)

    Saludos,
    Federico
  • 06-01-2015
    EugeneTheJeep
    My old rig, it's retired now and regulated to grocery getting! lol



    NEW rig, 2015 Ghost Kato, Rogue Panda seat bag, Oveja Negra front end loader, 2 feed bags that hold 32 oz nalgene bottles perfectly and a pocket/roll thing that wraps around my bedroll (found those at a gun show of all places). Two top tube storage bags. All I need now is a frame bag, will get that later sometime. That little round white thing on the back is an inflatable solar lamp called the Luci it works awesome!



  • 06-02-2015
    seedub
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    First production run Krampus. Stripped down for an all-day epic ride.
  • 06-02-2015
    vikb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by seedub View Post

    I like it. Another Mighty Krampus beating the trails into submission. ;)
  • 06-02-2015
    Drevil
    I've gone bikepacking before, but never with a rackless system, and not on anything really rough. So when my buddy pinged me to do a singletrack bikepacking trip here in Maryland for a 3-day weekend, it took a little convincing and the promise from other friends that I could borrow some of their bikepacks.

    One friend loaned me his Revelate Terrapin seatpack and handlebar Harness, while another loaned me the Gas Tank. I bit the bullet and coughed up the dough for the Jones SpaceFrame pack, after having no success trying to fit other framepacks into the center. I also figured it would be a great bare bones pack for this bike, even if I didn't fall headlong into the whole bikepacking thing.


    Jones SpaceFrame in Bikepacking Mode by Ricky deLeyos, on Flickr

    The plan was to ride from his house in downtown Frederick, up to the Watershed, then meander by Camp David, hitting as much singletrack as we could until we ultimately hit Michaux in Pennsylvania, some 55+ miles away. I had no idea what route he intended; I was just along for the ride.


    Bikepacking by Ricky deLeyos, on Flickr

    As we started on Friday evening after work, it was hot, with the traditional Mid-Atlantic mugginess making it a slightly unpleasant experience from the start. About 7 miles in, and nearing the top of the mountain, my rear Avid BB-7 brakes started to make that "cha-chung-cha-chung!" sound that could only mean one thing: the brake pads were so thin that the spreader pin was starting to hit the rotor, i.e., the brake was useless.

    Somewhat embarrassingly, I haven't put many miles on this beauty of a bike since I got my fat bike, so I just assumed that all was well with it and didn't really bother to give it a once over. Bikepacking was going to be the Jones' new calling, but I totally forgot to check the brake pads! :madman:

    When we hit the rocky singletrack, downhills weren't completely scary or out of control, but they definitely had a lot of pucker moments, relying mostly on the front pads and very little of the rear. There were a few times I had to stop and pull out more straps to tighten down the loads. Things waggled, and I was finding out over each boulder dropped, root hit, and micro-jumps what needed to be cinched and where.


    Big Rock by Joe W, on Flickr

    After setting up camp and while eating dinner, he asked me if I wanted to continue, or amend the label of the trip to "S24O Gear Test". With the gnats buzzing all around me, wiping the pouring sweat out of my eyes with my near-cramped hand from the braking-deathclutch, it took me all of a minute to decide this weekend wouldn't be epic adventure I thought it would be. He laughed and said it was cool because he really just wanted to check the trail-worthiness of his homemade packs before he really got out there.


    Testing the Sturdiness of Homemade Bikepacks by Ricky deLeyos, on Flickr

    When we got up the next day, of course he led me down and up the hardest trails he could think of (that didn't require a full face helmet) before getting back to his house. It was the price I had to pay for cutting the weekend and the mileage way shorter than planned. It was worth it. The alternative was suicide, especially after my front brakes decided they were done too! ;)