Personal setups » Kurisu’s setup
Aussie living in Japan here – long time MTB rider and hiker, about 5 years ago started combining the two with regular touring (mostly 2-3 day trips, but always dreaming of longer) and last year made my first foray into proper BPing land. It went pretty well, I used a DIY-modified rear rack and Topeak bag plus some dry bags strapped to my bike.
I’ve just come back from my second overnighter after testing a new tent and some more modifications to my Topeak rack (poor man’s copy of OMM rack) that worked really well.
On the bike I have the rack, with the Topeak bag containing most of my food, cooking gear (Ti mug, mini sized gas burner, spork-thingy, chopsticks) and clothing, plus my sleeping pad.
In the blue drybag under the seat is my sleeping bag, inadequate for the late-spring cold snap we just had.
On the bars I strapped another drybag containing tent (minus poles and pegs) – next time I’ll put my sleeping pad and something else here too to help balance a little bit.
In the backpack I had a bit more food, a jacket, spares and tools, tent pegs and poles, and not much else really, I should have filled it up more. The weight was very reasonable, not much more than the camelback I’m accustomed to riding with.
Although it isn’t the lightest setup, I like the rack/Topeak bag – they are integrated – it slides on and clips into place. Very easy to take off and helps packing/unpacking, and it was much cheaper to use gear I had or could buy locally to ordering CDW or Epic Designs bags and paying for international shipping. Plus the rack is ready for my panniers for that tour of the length of Japan I’ll do someday.
So far this setup has proven to be rough singletrack-rated – and the balance is quite good – up or down on technical terrain hasn’t been a problem at all. As it warms up I’m looking forward to finding more adventure in the mountains of central Japan that are right at my backdoor. By the way, my sorry little camera didn’t pick it up, but Mt Fuji was visible to the naked eye in the above photo.
If anyone would like detailed photos of my rack mods, please let me know. I’ll be happy to take some close up pictures and ramble on some more.