Personal setups, Ultralight / Singletrack » Siren Brendan’s Singletrack Packing List


My gear list from this past weekend’s excursion. I like it, but I’m not saying it’s my end-all kit. I’ll continue to work on it and make improvements.

Bear in mind, this is my kit for singletrack, as opposed to big dirt road mileage. I used this setup on two consecutive days last weekend with temps ranging from freezing to the 80’s, elevations from 1500-5500 ft.


In the Carousel Design Works seat bag:

sleeping bag
3/4″ sleeping pad
tyvek bivvy
(packed in that order)

In the Epic Designs bar bag dry sack:

1 pair wool hiker socks
warm knit cap
Marmot precip jacket
Patagucci R.5 warm shirt thing
Black Diamond ugly but lightweight and warm fuzzy long underwear bottoms
1 pair undies. Boxers not briefs.

In the Epic bar bag brain pocket (extra gizmo in front of the bag)

lip balm
A&D ointment
SPOT unit
some snacks
arm/knee warmers as I pulled them off
water treatment (iodine in a small bottle, some tablets)

In the Wingnut Hyper 3.0 pack

2 26″ innertubes
minipump with duct tape stowage
Minitool- huge do-everything variety
Esbit stove & fuel tabs, lighter (for a luxurious trip!)
Titanium mug, lexan spoon
Robot Food; Sustained Energy, endurolytes, various unidentified Hammer pills, Gu2O or something like it
More food (4 oatmeal packs, TJ’s pasta chingus, canned smoked trout, almonds, candied ginger)
1 brick o’ ramen noodles. Good calories & salt, very lightweight
2 beers, canned.
Wake-up kit: Starbucks Via brew packets, Emergen-C packets
Pretty Guy kit: Toothbrush, cut to fit inside mug, travel toothpaste, floss, TP, Tums moleskin
Bike Love kit: 3 zip ties, patch kit, tire plug kit, a couple random bolts, chain links, tiny bottle of lube
a couple Clif bars. The cherry almond kind was edible
Compass, tethered to the pack straps. Mileage marked in dots on the string to correspond with the scale of maps we were using
a piece of fruit
Snickers bar, cleverly hidden next to my water bladder
reserve platypus bladder for extra water capacity when needed

In the Carousel Design Works top tube fuel cell:

more snacks; dried apple dealies, Panda licorice, fig newtons
bought pop tarts and other goodies acquired along the way

On the stem:

Gel flask, loaded full of maltodextrin goodness.

On me:

knee warmers
arm warmers
smartwool socks
Uvex helmet
home made black diamond headlamp adapter chingus to fit the helmet
Shades- two pair; light lens for morning & twilight, dark lens for daytime pimpin
Pearl Izumi shoes (racer guy shoes, not the cool hike-a-bike shoes… yet)

On the bike:

3 water bottles.
Robot food stayed in the insulated bottle to help prevent stomach funkiness
Cateye velo 5 bike computer

Contemporaneous notes:

Things to bring-
ipod shuffle
Hammer Recoverite
more blister stuff
hand sanitizer
sunglasses bag
salty snacks (Synders pretzel bits are evil & full of MSG, oh-so-good)
razor blade for cutting things
99 cent womens stretchy gloves

Things to think about-
more cork tape on the Jones bars, especially around the tube intersection
possibly modify the bar bag/ handlebar interface for better hand room
watch wheel tension/ tire pressure with loads
pack for 2 starbucks coffee dealies per morning
more esbit cubes, maybe 2.5 per day?
maybe a roomier pack? Considering the Wingnut Adventure Pack
the bike computer doesn’t register miles at hike a bike speed
might move gel flask elsewhere (off stem) for hike a bike situations

Comments (8)

SalukiBrettMarch 27th, 2010 at 7:35 am

Brendan, love seeing your stuff on the interwebs. Also glad to see Siren is doing well. Thanks for posting your set-up. I plan on getting into the bikepacking awesomeness this summer. Seeing all the different set-ups and suggestions is very helpful.

Eric NMarch 31st, 2010 at 10:00 am

Nice set up. What are 99 cent womens stretchy gloves? Cateye Enduro 8 registers hike a bike speeds. Gotta use the bike “B” setting.

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Jeff KatzOctober 30th, 2012 at 7:43 am

Yo Brendan,
Since you’ve had the Jones bars for a while, what is your verdict? I’m very much considering adding them to my bike (Salsa Fargo) as the drop bars just don’t quite cut it on the dirt roads/single track. I have bad shoulders, bad right wrist/thumbs and I get the numbies quite easily (Ergon grips were a big step in the right direction). I like to tour both road and back-country (prefer the woods tho…) and plan on doing some long, multi day endurance races/rides. Whats your thoughts?
Thanks in advance,

BrendanOctober 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hey Jeff, crazy that you commented here and I was just thinking about this today. It’s three years old but still pretty similar to my “fast but comfortable” setup.
The Jones bars… I switched them out to something of my own making a while back (Ti Barney bars) and have since switched those to some Mary bars. They’re still all I use when not on my drop bar bike. I’ve used nothing but this style of bar on single track for 8 years now, won’t be going back.
We built a Fargo at our bike shop (Hub Cyclery) with this style of bar a little while back, set up with Paul Thumbies. Check that build out here:

jeffNovember 1st, 2012 at 12:28 pm

The Fargo y’all built looks fantastically beautiful! But to be clear: why are you not using the Jones bars? Comfort? Control? Aesthetics? Id like to know your thoughts as it would greatly assist with my decision for new bars. Thanks!

HarryNovember 3rd, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Jeff I also use a Mary bar on my Fargo, though upside down, with Ergon grips. Works great, very comfortable over distance. Good control on Singletrack. One thing I am thinking of doing is going to a longer stem for climbing on Singletrack, especially out of the saddle. The Fargo has a short top tube for use with drops. I have we’ll over 4000 miles on mine and absolutely no complaints. I could send some pics if you like. Harry

Jeff KatzNovember 6th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Thanks, but probably not necessary, as I have made my decision. I am going to go with the new Surly Moloko bars, Sram X-7 shifters, Oury grips and Salsa bar tape over the rest of the exposed steel on the bar for (theoretically) additional hand placements. In short, I like the drop bars when on the pavement, but as soon as I hit the gravel (what the Fargo was designed for) it feels sketchy and when I hit the single track, it just feels wrong. I will aslo be switching from paniers to frame/bar/seat bags as the panneirs sound like they are taking a thrashing against the bushes when crusing the single track. As well as some fat tires (‘prolly Ardent’s) as I have worn the stock tires damn near bald. When I get the whole thing up and running, I’ll add it to the Bikepacking set-ups here on the site.
Thanks again!

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