My bike has undergone several makeovers since we began our ride south from Arizona to Argentina (currently in Peru). I would probably still prefer riding a medium frame, but I’ve gotten pretty used to the large frame I have now.
1st photo (most recent setup)... Front-roll harness with a Tillak “20L Kiwanda dry-bag backpack”—holds my quilt, clothes, rain gear, and jacket. On the back I have a Sea to Summit “dry river bag”, strapped to a T-rack—holds my electronics and food. On the frame: two partial frame bags sewn (by hand, by me) from Neon’s old front roll and gas tank. The one along the seat tube holds all of my spare bike parts, inner tube, tools, chain lube, ~8 oz of tire sealant, pump, tent poles, tent stakes, and a couple of spare voile straps. The small triangular partial frame bag can hold a couple of days worth of snacks, or a few warm layers. I’m totally in love with this new setup—for its simplicity and for how easily I can remove (and carry) the front backpack, making it a perfect setup for routes with grueling hike-a-bikes.
2nd & 3rd photo...
Road Runner Bags “Jumbo Jammers”. I loved their top-loading easy access. They were awesome for dirt road touring, but they’re more complicated to remove than a drybag from a harness. Ultimately, with a broken back, I needed to be able to remove all my bags more quickly, and easily, for the routes I wanted to do, hence the inspiration for my most recent setup (first photo).
Revalate Designs front roll harness, salty roll, and terrapin seatbag. They would be great with less stuff on a shorter tour, but I found them to be too small and fussy to pack for what I need on this long tour.
My Favorite Bike Accessories:
Chunk - Tough.
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