Personal setups » D45yth’s Bikepacking Setup


Here’s a list of the kit I had packed for a trip the other day. I haven’t gone to the bother of weighing everything individually, it weighs what it weighs if it’s something I need. I’m more bothered about how much space things take up.  Saying that I do try to buy light kit in the first place.

Attached to the bike:

Exposure Maxx Daddy front light (I could manage without this if I buy a bar mount for my Joystick maybe? *)
Garmin Edge 605 GPS
850ml and 650ml water bottles
Large Double Twist SL bar bag by
Medium Repack SL saddle bag by (with a Giant Numen Touch light fitted)
Jannd Frame-pac

* – As I don’t really plan on riding through the night while bikepacking. The Maxx Daddy would be a lot better in a night time emergency though. Maybe I should carry it?

Bar bag (2059g):

Terra Nova Photon Elite tent
PHD Minim Ultra down sleeping bag
Thermarest Neoair full-length mat

Saddle bag (1602g):

Plastic bag with extra clothes (sleeping clothes, spare pair of bibs and socks)
Gore Fusion AS jacket
Evernew DX stand, burner, 500ml pot, 400ml mug and fire steel, all inside a MYOG pot cosy
Square of foil backed bubblewrap, to sit on and pack the bag out better too.

Frame bag (1258g):

Long spoon
Small Swiss Army knife
Cable ties
Flavoured Couscous, emptied into ‘Pour-n-store’ bags x2
Instant porridge, ”       ”
Tuna with a twist pouches x2
Heinz squeeze and stir soups x2
Bag of brazil nuts
Nature Valley muesli bars x 3 (I’d be better off with these on my back and putting my toolkit in there).

Backpack (Wingnut Hyper 3.0):

3L Source bladder
Waterproof camera in a pouch on strap
Gel flask with meths in on the other strap
Toolkit (for almost all eventualities) and tube
First aid kit
Small bag with toiletries/first aid bits and pieces
Camping toilet roll
AA charger for GPS
Petzl E-lite
Phone                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Packs of oatcakes (6 in a pack) x2
Sliced maltloaf
More muesli bars

It sounds like a lot of stuff on my back but half of the main compartment is empty…perfect for carrying extra riding clothing if needed. Most of the stuff in it is what I would carry on a normal ride anyway. The mesh pockets on the side allow you to grab snacks while still riding too.

I’m quite happy with everything, the only things I’m planning on changing are the seat bag for a custom frame bag.  That’s so I can drop/get behind my saddle on technical descents.   I should be able to fit my tent in there too.  At the moment the width of my bar bag is determined by the tents packed size (without halving the mini carbon poles).   With it out of the bar bag, I’ll be able to put my spare clothes in there with my sleep setup.  It will then be packed up a little smaller, giving me more space around my brake levers and less weight up front too.

I’ll need to do something about losing the bottle mounts, probably opting for a collapsible water bottle and filter instead.

Comments (10)

JamesJune 26th, 2012 at 3:57 am

How do you transport your bike to the trailhead? Do you own a car bike rack?

D45ythJune 26th, 2012 at 11:35 am

I normally use a roofrack with 3 carriers fixed to it when going mountain biking or bundle the bikes in the back of a mates van. I haven’t needed to use a vehicle (except a train) when going bikepacking. I’ve only done a handful of one-nighters, always setting off from home. I’m lucky enough to live on the edge of a National Park!

wandtJuly 1st, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Cool setup! What type of Litespeed are you riding?

D45ythJuly 2nd, 2012 at 3:10 am

Thanks. It’s a 2010 Obed.

RHINOAugust 1st, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Does the double twist have a front pocket? How big is it?

D45ythAugust 2nd, 2012 at 2:16 am

Rhino – Yes, it has a simple, elasticated mesh pocket that measures 140x90mm. I think the bloke who makes them has started doing custom work too…there’s a pic of the same bag with a more substantial pocket that closes.

RMyersSeptember 1st, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I really enjoyed your article. thanks

D45ythSeptember 2nd, 2012 at 1:18 am

Cheers. Here’s a link to the write-ups of a few of my one-nighters, if you’re interested:

Steve WellsMay 3rd, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Thanks D for sharing …I’m about to enter this world and you info is greatly appreciated –

Steve WellsMay 5th, 2016 at 1:48 pm

A “straight” mountain bike set up for bike packing -very inspiring -I have just set up my 2004 Norco Kokanee as a “dirt roader” (hand me over 29in wheels, cyclocross tires, hand me over forks) and have a Genesis High Latitude Alfine in preparation for the harder stuff -and I reckon I can fit up my Merida road bike with bike packing gear for the black stuff —yee haa

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