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Old 08-08-2012, 10:53 AM
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Gear Weight Carried

What is your typical or average total gear (camping gear, food, water, etc.) weight carried on your bike for general overnight to multi-day trips.

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P.S. You can determine/share the variables and particulars (e.g. season/weather, trip length, location,...).
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for asking Reality. We run about 20 lbs. on the back (REI Outlook packs) and about 10 on the pack rack. We each have a pack and a Topeak pack rack with drop down panniers. We try to keep the essentials of survival in all 4 in case we lose all or part of our gear. Usually, bike maintenance gear, quick snacks, and a weapon (I am a cop) go in the rack pack with any electronic gadget, chargers etc. If called for, we carry the tent in one pannier and rain fly in the other. The other two panniers hold sleeping bags if needed. Extra clothes go in the rack pack. As they sit, our packs weigh about 18 lbs. with the hydration bladders empty. We have water bottles, so filling the Camelback bladder is not required, at least not in the swamps of Southeast Texas. That way, we avoid the "big ugly" (referring to the unpleasant fact that a gallon of water weighs 8 lbs. and there is no getting around it) saving the bladder's ample capacity for desert trips. So I guess we are about 30 lbs. each. That is a load out that is good for 3 days, or 7 if the zombies invade. We are okay, but to be honest we have never done this under stress such as a broken down bike, injury, etc.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:02 AM
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Thanks Debkirk!

Has wearing a pack while riding your bikes been comfortable for you two? What tipped the benefit scale for you both with regard to wearing a pack over having all the gear directly on the bikes?

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