Bikepacking on the Vivente World Randonneur
Posted on August 31 2015
Update: The Apidura bikepacking bags used on this trip are now available in store and online.
There's no better excuse to go riding than testing out some new gear, so with some Apidura bikepacking bags strapped to his Vivente (and some knobbly tyres fitted), Chris headed up to the Southern Highlands.
"Bikepacking" is essentially lightweight touring, making use of bags strapped to the bike instead of pannier racks. It's mostly light because of the weight of the equipment, but also because you're forced to slim down your gear to the essentials.
It's a great way to carry gear when you're going to be heading through some rough terrain, as it keeps the weight centred and improves the handling of the bike. For example, when sloshing through muddy fire trails in the state forests. The Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres helped with this too!
The Apidura bags worked nicely, and the Vivente was completely at home as a mountain bike. The rack, mudguards and kickstand are gone, replaced with frame bag, handlebar roll, and saddle bag (plus some bottle cages on the forks).
The benefit of getting off the beaten track is you get views like these, over the Kangaroo Valley.
All in all, a fun day out with some well designed gear. This was a test ride for Quick and Dirty Touring: Lithgow to Mittagong.