Being a bit of a geek at heart, I love messing about with bikepacking kit…analysing areas to save weight, finding better ways to pack the bags, changing weight distribution and so on. With the Welsh Ride Thing only a couple of weeks away, I have a great excuse to get my geek on again. Here’s how the bike is looking at the moment. It’s loaded for wet weather and comfort in these pics, not ultra lightweight. So, that means a lovely comfy full length Thermarest Neoair (instead of the short one); my Nemo Gogo Elite bivy is in there instead of the MLD eVENT bivy (the latter is half the weight but for “fun” events like this I’d rather have a bit more comfort and weather protection); also packed is my Gore Fusion hardshell jacket rather than the lighter and smaller-packing Altura Pocket Rocket. I haven’t put lights or gps on there yet, but my geeky bikepacking spreadsheet allows me to work out the weight penalty of items like that.
Attached to the handlebars is an Alpkit airlok xtra 8L dry bag containing sleeping bag & clothes. The saddle bag is a Revelate Viscacha containing bivy, mat, waterproof, groundsheet, 2L Platypus bottle etc. The frame bag is custom made by Wildcat and holds tools, pump and food. I don’t use a backpack, but can stuff jersey pockets with food & other gubbins when necessary. What’s the final weight? Not sure yet, I’ll let you know when I finish geeking