Tour Divide gear: bags
To carry the food, clothing, water, and bivy gear I’ll need on the Tour Divide, I’ve outfitted my bike with a set of lightweight bags. The seat bag was made by Jeff Boatman at Carousel Design Works, but the rest I’ve made from Dimension Polyant VX-04 fabric left over from the backpacks I made for our 2004 PCT hike. Yep, it will stand out a tad when I’m parked outside Podunk Mercantile.
To round out the set, I’ll be carrying an Osprey Talon 22 pack, with a 3L Camelbak, and all the valuable stuff, like money, camera, passport, and chargers for the camera and lights. There will be plenty of spare room in the pack so that I can carry additional water on the dry stretches, and additional food on the isolated sections.
That’s it. No panniers or racks. I’ve got just enough volume to carry what I think I need. Stay tuned to see how much gets send home along the way. With any luck I won’t be giving too many items a chauffeured bicycle trip.