Mountainbike kit out?

Discussion in 'Packs, Bags & Pouches' started by 8thsinner, May 1, 2013.

  1. 8thsinner

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    I finally managed to get a mountain bike and I'm looking for picture heavy ideas on pouches and packs that attach. How and what you carry.

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    Similar to this only the gear cables are on top not underneath that main part.
    Does that mean I should't pot a pouch on top of them?

    Picked up cheap. It's not suitable for real rough off road use but I'm hoping it will get me places by road mainly.

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    Depending on what you riding style is you might be better off with an osprey pack I use a kestral 38 and I'm going to add a small saddle bag under my seat
     
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    For sure you would want a small pack with patches and co2 inflator. Sweet ride.
     
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    It looks, okay, but mine is considerably not new looking.

    Should I use tyres with slight splits? Roads mainly remember.

    On a ride like this should I be using only a pack?

    Basha across handle bars?

    Can probably fit a few useful maintenance things in that gap part at the front. Leatherman always edc, few spanners, alan, torx, pump, tube or tubes?, puncture kit, spare chain?

    Saddle bag?
     
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    I have been after a bike for a year now, should I upload pics of condition?

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    One of the bars could be wrapped with 550. You could carry a ton on a bike that way for not much weight.
     
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    I only attach 2 small packs to my full suspension bike. One to the handle bars for chapstick, map, phone, etc. And a repair kit under the seat. I use a small backpack for the rest, You'll really feel heavy saddlebags on the uphills and they make the bike handle much less "lively". See if you have water bottle cage mounting bolts. They might be on top and under the frame. You could rig those to hold small kits inside water bottles. They wom't throw the balance or handling off like weighty saddlebags.

    I'll see if I can get some time to lay out one of my bikes and kits laid out and get some pics.
     
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    a wide-mouth "water bottle" could carry some kit, a good bit, too.
     
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    Banjo Brothers make a ton of bags in assorted sizes for attaching to different parts of the bike. An under saddle bag to hold tools and a small handlebar bag to hold miscellaneous items should have you good to go.

    If you're going to be mostly on the road I'd toss on a pair of slicks/semi slicks for the tires. I rode a pair of Kenda K-rads on a cummuter bike that I frequently went off road on. As long as the trail isn't muddy they grip quite well and roll easily on pavement. Pricepoint.com usually has them for under $15 a tire.

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    In the last year - maybe the last six months - Backwoodsman magazine featured an article that detailed which inexpensive milsurp bags could be used effectively for carrying gear on a mountain bike. Y'all might want to look at that for starters.
     
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    Would this sort of set up likely effect the handling too much?

    Excuse the crude, I have no pc...
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    I do have water bottle bolts where the ridge lines are drawn here. Think the ridge pole (doming the basha entrance) might be more useful though. bits I can carry in bag.
    Bag - food, sleeping kit, sharps, fak,

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    you could benifit from a hydration pack on your back I dont know how far you are into the sport but it fits well on a back plate plus it has a good amount of storage for bushcraft
     
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    I probably won't be going to far away from trails I know this year. I'm new to biking it out like. But I know where my water can be found and store it in a solar shower on site. And I will likely still have a bottle on my pack sides for travel. But I can always add a bladder if that doesn't work out. Thanks for the idea. Considering we're meant to be droughting here soon it might be wise.

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    I think that center piece between the seatpost and handlebars will cause problems pedaling. And getting on and off the bike. Your seat should be adjusted so that your foot is flat on the pedal at the 6 o'clock postion. So you are going need some crotch space in the middle to get a foot on the ground.
     
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    Thats a good point, the kitchen isn't that big I was just drawing in the space. French mess tins, fuel, rolled chopping board, bits, spices.
    I can try to dip it where I need the space or something.

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    As Sam suggests check out the links he listed, gobs of help there. As an example with your ride you could do a Revelate Gas Tank(top tube), Mountain Feedbags (bars), Harness or Sweetroll (for Bars) and a Vischacha (seat bag). Get a couple of Twofish waterbottle holders for your fork legs and your good as gold! Check out the following thread as well for other suggestions: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/38571-Bicycle-Riders?highlight=bike+rider

    I ride a Surly Moonlander and have a full bikepacking kit, it's tons of fun!
     
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    I'd throw a rear rack on it. Strap your sleeping and shelter roll to it.
    A seat wedge for a spare tube and tool. You've got a funky frame so that limits your frame bag options. Maybe a handlebar bag as mentioned.
     
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    The January/February Back Woodsman of this year has that article, some good ideas from some one who uses the set up.
     
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    I love putting bags on my bike (I ride almost exclusively on the road). I don't like carrying stuff on my person, I end up with sore shoulders and the things in my pockets get all sweaty.

    Check out this article:

    http://outyourbackdoor.com/article.php?id=1828

    I use a MOLLE sleep system bag as a large capacity saddlebag and I'm very pleased with it.

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    Your options are somewhat limited with a full suspension bike like that. You could get a rear rack that attaches to the seat post, but keep in mind, those have limited load-carrying ability. I would get the rear rack and find a pack that attaches to it (maybe some kind of butt pack), rig a tool pack that attaches to the underside of the seat, attach a handlebar bag and carry everything else you need in a small backpack. Note I said small. You won't be comfortable, or stable, carrying a large backpack on a bike.
     
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    I don't bike pack but when I was a kid I had a set of wire panier baskets on the back of my bike w/ a back rack to deliver newspapers and the weight didn't effect how my bike handled at all. If I ever do bike pack that's what I will be doing and add one of those front baskets that's neet wish I had one of those when I was delivering papers....When I started my route I hade 3 bundles of papers and 4 on sunday so that was about 80 pounds added to the bike.

    On a side note just for where your attaching those poles I'd make damn sure they couldn't wiggle loose or you'd be setting yourself up to take a nasty spill.
     
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    This is what works for me

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    But I do street road mainly, no crazy jumps and such. If I go "out there" I load my camelback backpack with what I need. Are you doing any downhill mnt biking?
     
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    I had a quick look through some of those articles there, like the idea of surplus, fun.
    So had a look at what I had that could work.
    Now these were threw on for picture only and obviously are purely theoretical for now, adjustments would have to be made.

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    The blue and yellow pack are my best smalls 10-15 and 30-35ltr.

    The british vintage gasmask fits okay but might be too small.

    The bottle loosely lashed represents approx size of basha (I don't store it compressed) would still have space for night lights.

    The little triangular thing would not do sitting like that but that pouch with mods could fit there and keep tools and maintenance stuff.

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    I like this better as the sleeping bag would fit behind it and higher up a little, and I know that wee blue pack can hold mostly everything else.

    In all cases here I would probably make custom leather packs with maybe steel framing to secure better.

    But I think it might work.


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    I think you're on the right track for sure.
     
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    Maybe, lets hope when I get there I can stay on the track too.

    And no, btw, I'm not looking to do any down hill trekking. This bike couldn't handle it until I get some serious upgrades.

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