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    Luggage solutions: bikepacking and commuting

    Hello all,

    I'm finishing details for my next years Ecuador trip. I'll be doing the new Trans Ecuador Route, so it should take me about 30 days. The route will be nearly 100% offroad or in dirt roads, so my initially planned rack&pannier setup needs revision. I believe a traditional bikepacking setup would be ideal, but I'd like to use the final trip setup already for commuting this year.

    Right now I'm using a Tubus Cargo and a set of Ortlieb Back Roller Classics for commuting. I carry a pair of ankle boots, flip-flops, a lunchbox, jeans, shirt, underwear, soap and towel. To add some complication, at work the showers are far away from where I leave the bike, so the luggage needs to be easily detachable from the bike.

    I've done some experiments and found that, without the lunchbox, I need 18L to carry my daily commute stuff. The lunchbox could go into a framepack or a camelback.

    So for the trip, here's what I'm thinking:
    Front: ordinary handlebar roll like this:
    https://www.apidura.com/product/handlebar-pack-regular/
    or this:
    https://www.alpkit.com/products/airl...-dual-20-litre

    Frame: I'm torn between a full frame bag:
    https://www.alpkit.com/products/stingray
    or an half bag:
    https://www.apidura.com/product/moun...me-pack-large/

    The half bag has the advantage that I could leave it permanently on the bike, carrying the lunchbox for work and allowing me to ditch the camelback on weekend rides.

    For the rear, things get complicated. I need volume and a way to carry stuff away from the bike.
    Option a) keep the rack/panniers for commuting and slap a 15L drybag on it for the trip. I keep hearing mixed reports about this solution.

    b) Change for a Carradice Nelson Longflap. Will this handle offroad rigors? Will I be able to get behind the saddle on descents?

    c) Go for a big saddle pack like this one (17.5L):
    https://www.apidura.com/product/saddle-pack-regular/
    Then get a big drybag to hold my stuff inside.

    d) Try the new Revelate Terrapin. Anyone knows what's the largest drybag one can fit inside?

    Thanks in advance for any help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar View Post
    Hello all,

    I'm finishing details for my next years Ecuador trip. I'll be doing the new Trans Ecuador Route, so it should take me about 30 days. The route will be nearly 100% offroad or in dirt roads, so my initially planned rack&pannier setup needs revision. I believe a traditional bikepacking setup would be ideal, but I'd like to use the final trip setup already for commuting this year.

    Right now I'm using a Tubus Cargo and a set of Ortlieb Back Roller Classics for commuting. I carry a pair of ankle boots, flip-flops, a lunchbox, jeans, shirt, underwear, soap and towel. To add some complication, at work the showers are far away from where I leave the bike, so the luggage needs to be easily detachable from the bike.

    I've done some experiments and found that, without the lunchbox, I need 18L to carry my daily commute stuff. The lunchbox could go into a framepack or a camelback.

    So for the trip, here's what I'm thinking:
    Front: ordinary handlebar roll like this:
    https://www.apidura.com/product/handlebar-pack-regular/
    or this:
    https://www.alpkit.com/products/airl...-dual-20-litre

    Frame: I'm torn between a full frame bag:
    https://www.alpkit.com/products/stingray
    or an half bag:
    https://www.apidura.com/product/moun...me-pack-large/

    The half bag has the advantage that I could leave it permanently on the bike, carrying the lunchbox for work and allowing me to ditch the camelback on weekend rides.

    For the rear, things get complicated. I need volume and a way to carry stuff away from the bike.
    Option a) keep the rack/panniers for commuting and slap a 15L drybag on it for the trip. I keep hearing mixed reports about this solution.

    b) Change for a Carradice Nelson Longflap. Will this handle offroad rigors? Will I be able to get behind the saddle on descents?

    c) Go for a big saddle pack like this one (17.5L):
    https://www.apidura.com/product/saddle-pack-regular/
    Then get a big drybag to hold my stuff inside.

    d) Try the new Revelate Terrapin. Anyone knows what's the largest drybag one can fit inside?

    Thanks in advance for any help
    Hola Ze_Zaskar,

    You should also check Porcelain Rockets's gear.
    Their Mr. Fusion (saddle bag) has 13L but it's very easy to remove your gear from it, as it uses a separate dry bag.
    Mr. Fusion | Custom Bicycle Bags - The Porcelain Rocket

    They also make custom frame bags and micro panniers if you want to keep your Tubus rack

    Saludos,
    Federico

    PS: For the handlebar I also thinks it's better to carry a Harness with a separate dry bag like Revelate's or Porcelain Rocket's !
    Cycling in developing countries, making & printing portraits for those families who've NONE. www.theironlyportrait.com

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