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Tour Divide gear: bags

June 3, 2010

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.

Bike complete with seat bag, frame bag, lunch box, and bar bag.

Carousel Design Works Escape Pod seat bag. It holds my tarp, bug bivy, and clothing.

My previous frame bag was flat and had modest capacity. This one (4.0 ounces) is tapered to 4" wide in the front and has additional velcro tab stitching reinforcement. It holds tools, water, arm and leg warmers, and raingear.

The cockpit: lunch box, Garmin Vista HCx gps stem mounted, VDO C3 computer, Ay-up lights, Ergon grips, Profile Design Carbon Stryke aeros.

Lunch box opened for a feeding.

Bar bag (3.3 ounces) with special velcro attachment for Ay-up Epic battery pack. It holds my Marmot Hydrogen sleeping bag, Thermarest Neoair medium, and Patagonia silkweight long underwear.

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.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Marshal Bird permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:42 PM

    Very very nice looking set up

  2. Jeff Hemperley permalink
    June 24, 2010 5:38 PM

    Rest in peace.

  3. June 26, 2010 4:13 PM

    Rest in peace

  4. October 9, 2010 8:29 PM

    Is indeed a good article and hope you will support the gig bags

  5. Tim Travis permalink
    October 14, 2010 1:24 AM

    Rest in peace, your a true inspiration!

  6. October 28, 2010 6:11 PM

    A handbag or purse in American English, is a handled medium-to-large bag that is often fashionably designed~`,

  7. November 7, 2010 12:28 PM

    Good set up!
    White stag clothing

  8. November 29, 2010 2:51 AM

    if you want to learn more on birdwatching :

  9. January 25, 2011 6:39 AM

    -`: I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information “*.

  10. Thom Collins permalink
    October 31, 2011 4:01 PM

    Nice work on the bags and good planing.


  11. Paddy permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:02 PM

    living on in the waves made

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