Personal setups » Tucsonprerunner’s 3 day setup





This was my first time bikepacking and I had absolutely no problems with this setup.  Very comfortable… I’m glad I did my homework on  I know I could have went a little lighter, but I decided to go a little more comfortable.  Plus, the weight didn’t seem to affect my balance at all.  I had to go with a rack on the seat post because a seat bag would’ve rubbed against the tire when the suspension compressed.  The seat rack worked flawlessly as it didn’t move once during my trip , even after aggressive jumps/bumps, and it’s a quick release!  Can’t wait to go on another trip.

2010 Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe (17.5/M) 28 lbs

Handler Bar:

  • Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 tent (1.8 lbs without poles)

Frame Bag: I made it! (4.5 lbs loaded)

  •                           Food (Mountain house meals 2 breakfast/3 lunch or dinner)
  •                           Tools (Crank Brothers multi-tool, Leatherman, Extra tube, chain links, patch/plug kit)

Backpack: Gregory Miwok 22

Loaded weight 19lbs:

  • Jet Boil kit (large JB cup/fuel/burner/stabilizer)
  • Beef Jerky
  • Katadyn water filter
  • Size XS Sea to Summit compression dry bag (containing spare dry clothes)
  • Wet Ones wipes
  • Titanium Spork
  • Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel w/guide 10 battery pack
  • Big Agnes Cyclone SL camp chair kit
  • Gu Roctane (11/Cherry-lime) / Gu Chomps (8/watermelon)
  • Princeton Tec light
  • Camelbak 100 oz (3L)
  • Camelbak Elixer tablets
  • Toiletries
  • Tent poles for Fly Creek UL2
  • Fire starter kit packed into an Elixer tablet tube
  • Patagonia rain Jacket
  • air pump
  • tube
  • 4oz Stans sealant
  • Pant zipper bottoms for convertible Mountain Hardware shorts/pants
  • REI medium backpacking towel
Seat Rack: Topeak MTX Beamrack (REI); Size Small Sea to Summit EVENT dry/compression sack
Loaded weight including rack 6.5 lbs:
  • Lafuma Extreme 950 Sleeping bag
  • Big Agnes air core insulated pad 72”x20”
  •  Exped pillow

Comments (10)

Big DaveOctober 10th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Did you run your rack that high the entire time? I’d think that putting it a bit lower would improve your center of gravity and reduce stress on your frame/seat post….not that you had that much weight on it. It looks like you have plenty of tire clearance to run it lower.

tucsonprerunnerOctober 10th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I ran this rack the whole time. I tested the rack at full suspension compression (110mm/4.3in) and this is where it HAD to be so it wouldn’t rub on the tire. I had no balance issues with the center of gravity. In fact, I forgot it was there on a couple occasions.

MikedOctober 15th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Did you mess around with mounting the compression bag directly to the seat/tube? Seems like you might be able to run it that way and ditch the rack if there is nothing else on there, assuming it would clear the rear tire when the suspension is active.

tucsonprerunnerOctober 17th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Yes, I tried a small and and extra-small dry bag and still had rubbing issues. Again, this is why I went with the rack. The rack weighs 1lb 8.1oz/683 grams and costed me $65 +tax.

Dakota KingOctober 18th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Nice choice of tent!

Hill HopperJanuary 19th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Ok, so how was the LaFuma? I have looked for an ultralight bag for a while & spotted this one a few months ago. Your thoughts?

tucsonprerunnerJanuary 19th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

It’s very light and compact. I wouldn’t venture below 30 degrees without thermals on though. For me, the most bang for the buck…got mine for $65

David AdamsMay 23rd, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Bontrager do a nice rack half that weight might be even less. Cost me about £18 in the UK bet you can get them for $25-30 in the US

Scott SteinfeldtFebruary 1st, 2013 at 11:15 am

Good Article…. i noticed that you carries the Nomad 7 and Guide 10… how did that kit work for you and what did you use it for? S

tucsonprerunnerFebruary 6th, 2013 at 7:12 am

The solar panel works great. I used it to charge batteries for my GPS and iPhone. My only complaint is that the battery pack always has a red light blinking even though it is fully charged (when fully charged the light should blink green). I’m going to upgrade rechargeable batts soon.

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