Personal setups » mtbikernate’s backpacking gear for bikepacking


I’m only just now getting into bikepacking, but I’ve got a decent backpacking kit already that I plan on using.  I have several options for some items, so don’t think I will carry all of this.

I don’t have any kind of racks for my bike yet, so I plan on carrying it all in a pack for now.  I will add at least a trunk rack eventually.

I have two bikes I could do this with:

2000 Diamondback Topanga Comp (hardtail)

2003 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp (FS…many upgrades from stock)


Osprey Atmos 50


Shires Tarptent Cloudburst 2


ENO Doublenest hammock (I don’t yet have a bugnet or tarp for this, but will be adding them)


homemade 20deg down quilt or 40deg Lafuma down bag

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core


Primus Alpine Micro

Primus Litech tea kettle

MSR Miniworks EX (considering a move to a Katadyn Hiker Pro)

MSR Miox

Katadyn Micropur tablets

Ursack w/vapor barrier bag

Light My Fire spork

Orikaso plate/bowl/mug (I take only what I need)


Garmin GPSMap76CSx

Garmin Edge 705

Brunton Eclipse 8099

waterproof map case

Princeton Tec EOS

Magicshine bike light

Misc stuff:

First aid kit

Leatherman Squirt P4

Buck Whittaker

Stormproof lighter

sanitary kit

fishing tackle & collapsible rod

bug dope

Motorola T5950 radios

Typical pack weight for me would be about 15lb before food & water, though I’m acquiring some gear that ought to lighten my load some.  Moving to the hammock should be nice.  It should save me a fair bit of weight compared to the tent, groundsheet, and inflatable pad.  I’ll be able to use just a CCF pad, no groundsheet, and the shelter weight should be a wash.  Maybe cut a pound?  I’d be happy with that.  I should also be able to save some weight by switching water filters.  Swapping the 76 for the Edge will cut a little weight.  Overall pretty solid.  I’m not accounting for bike repair gear here.  I haven’t gone through cataloging all of that, weighing it, and adding it to my gear list yet.

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