Personal setups » an 8 year adventure of setting up


handlebar packs…total weight 8 lbs 20f. goose down bag w/ 4SSHH system shelter…foul weather gear rain suite etc…
frame pack …food storage…gas tank pack for other little items
super twinkie..several days worth of clothing…w/msr international stove and mess kit…
two 22oz fuel bottles front forks
3 27oz water bottles…also i carry a msr micro water filter for those just in case moments of needing water…
any way just thought i share with you all

Comments (25)

flatfishyJune 18th, 2010 at 1:13 am

is there a bike under there somewhere, wow.
how long a trip did you take?

conifirJune 19th, 2010 at 4:32 am

yeah a trek fuel 80 full suspension

Dave BachJune 18th, 2010 at 6:36 am

Where are you going with all that gear? I hope you have fun:)
Cheers Dave.

conifirJune 19th, 2010 at 4:31 am

home soon to the northern rockies

Outsider/YetiJune 18th, 2010 at 7:34 am

That’s a serious setup. Looks like you have a more demanding tour planned.

conifirJune 19th, 2010 at 4:31 am

no place in particular…
i like the idea i can travel down a dirty or hard top road
i am palnning to do the GDMBT very soon

wadeJune 18th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I’d like to know what your setup weighs—–thanks wade

conifirJune 19th, 2010 at 4:33 am

bike 29 lbs
equipment 35 lbs w/ food ,water & fuel

newfydogJune 18th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

The forum for those with a rack/pannier allergy has a winner!

Charlie CheswickJune 20th, 2010 at 9:30 am

Are you a bikepacker or just homeless?

conifirJune 20th, 2010 at 11:42 am

not homeless…
i just like taking long rides…
and camping out….

NC KenJune 20th, 2010 at 9:43 am

conifir: Tell ’em all to eat sh*t and die. Head down that trail knowing you are ready for about anything, and have the time of your life, before you get too old chronologically or too old in your head, like these envious snide weenies. GO FOR IT!

Chad BJune 26th, 2010 at 9:33 am

Wow….is there an SLR camera in there?

conifirJune 28th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

no camera….
i am already carrying to much weight…..35 lbs

SlimJuly 4th, 2010 at 7:16 am

So that is why they call it a Fuell! Just couldn’t resist the pun.
Seriously though, you might want to consider some bigger brake rotors to be able to kep the brakes in a safe operating temperature to prevent fading on long descents.

MarkJuly 10th, 2010 at 8:42 am

That’s a serious back country touring setup. Looks great for extended wilderness adventures. Thanks for sharing!

paulJuly 10th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

awesome that you are ready to get out there and enjoy some trails, you’ll love it! Probably the most important thing to do if you are riding solo is switch your gear around so all the food, toiletries, stove, sunscreen etc are all in the same bag. If you are truly heading out into the wilderness you need to hang your food and ANYTHING that smells good to a bear and keep your nighttime clothes away from that stuff while packed on the bike. The GDMBR goes through some grizzly country and the last thing you want is to be woken up in the middle of the night because you missed an energy bar or something in one of your bags, once a grizzly finds food it isn’t going to give it up easily, you could become part of it’s dinner. They are definitely out there! I saw 6 bears, 4 moose and a mountain lion in the off road sections between Polebridge and Elk Pass. Be bear aware!

paulJuly 10th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

p.s. you could probably lose a fuel bottle, a 20oz bottle of white gas can last up to four days making breakfast, coffee and dinner for 2 people with an MSR simmerlite, longer for one person. Can you really carry more than four days of food with all the stuff you are already carrying?

JayJuly 10th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Awesome set-up. You should make it to Argentina and back no problem!

CrashJuly 26th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Do you have a backup if a bag rips or breaks apart?

PaulSeptember 19th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

just get out there!

treborDecember 1st, 2010 at 10:18 am

serious questions – how did you migrate to that style saddle? do you like it? disadvantages over a typical one?

TommiJanuary 31st, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Rock on! Excellent setup!

DuncanNovember 3rd, 2014 at 1:38 am

Are he bags home made or bought, if so what is the frame and bar bag setup?


GerardNovember 26th, 2014 at 7:27 am

Hi conifir!
I’m a design student in the Netherlands currently working in a fictional project related to bikepacks. Since it is a flat country it is very hard for me to find mtb trekking users. I would love if you could answer me some questions about your experience. If you are interested, let me know in this mail please:

Thanks a lot!
Other users than want to help are welcome as well 😉

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