April 13, 2016 at 10:14 am #810076
Guys, this is right up my alley! I went from road bikes, to cross bikes because riding the ditch beside the road was more fun than riding on the road, to mountain bikes because why just ride the ditch, to back to somewhere in between. That route looks and sounds fantastic.
If you guys are interested in more friends to join in I’m more than interested! I’ve been trying to plan a bikepacking trip with the guys from work for ages!April 14, 2016 at 10:05 am #810113
This sounds like a fantastic adventure. Would love to join you guys. I don’t own a cross bike but can probably borrow one. Would I be crazy to ride the whole thing with a backpack?April 26, 2016 at 9:18 am #810362
I think you “could” do it all with a backpack but it’s maybe not ideal. The point of the trip is fun and all bikes welcome. As long as it’s not something that will not leave us dealing with a faulty ghetto setup on route, than you should ride what ya got.April 26, 2016 at 9:23 am #810363
I am looking at some smaller trips leading up to this ride to test gear, bike setup and most importantly get in fit enough to do this.
I have only done a few 60-70km ride but can already feel that extending that to 100km and beyond would take another gear. I’m also in the hurt locker the next day and right now would be pretty hurting if I had to jump back on the bike for another hundred the next day.
If anyone is interested in riding some gravel and even doing a few day trips let me know.
Also like us to to start working on a general packing list so that we can start to get the gear we need.April 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm #810365
Here is a pretty comprehensive packing list: http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/packlist-enduro-bikepacking-gear-list/
I am just researching pilot rides and there are literally dozens of rad trips to cool spots that are roughly 100km to and from. There are also some incredible 400km loops that look absolutely epic. I found one route that takes me from Uxbridge to my cottage on Big Rideau Lake near Portland. Definitely caught the bug and will be doing as many of these as I can.April 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm #810372
That’s a pretty good, thorough but minimal list. I would just add a first aid kit, at least one for the group, and without more than 2L water capacity you will need to make sure there is plentiful water along the way.April 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm #810373
That’s a pretty good, thorough but minimal list. I would just add a first aid kit, at least one for the group, and without more than 2L water capacity you will need to make sure there is plentiful water along the way.
Most definitely a first aid kit will be in one of our packs. As far as water, even on my little recon this weekend, that is what is cool about the Bikepacking in Ontario, you feel like you’re out there but towns and hamlets are always close by for food and drink. I have a water filtration pump but really don’t think it will be needed.April 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm #810399
Trying out some bag options. I will also try them on the Fat Bike, which still may be the best option. Deafinetky happy to have the bigger wheels under this added weight.
Few early observations are that the seatpost bag tends to sway a bit. A rack or stiffer bag or attachment may be better.
The bar roll really limits your hand position across the back of the tops. You could rest your hands there but not wrap them properly. Most bags seem to have this limitation.
This frame bag is pretty small. Might go to full size and use water bladder in it or carry in a pack. I did want to avoid a pack however.
Either way. I’m stoked! Will be doing the Cateroquai trail from Kingston to my Cottage then maybe work up to a 400km trip from Uxbridge to Perth, which is near my cottage.April 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm #810412
That looks pretty cool. Can you get sleeping bag/tent and all in there?April 29, 2016 at 10:06 am #810416
Hey @somers That’s the plan and, while I haven’t physically tried it yet, reports indicate it will all fit. I am still researching bags and tent. Seems that the bag would go up front, poles in the frame bag and tent in the seatpack. We will be out in the summer so wont need a heavy, cold rated bag. Pillow and sleeping surface are inflatable. I think cookware, stove and fuel are the most awkward to fit. That’s where dividing it among a group would help I think. But given that we’re never far from civilization, dinner and pints can be had on a patio along the way before heading out to camp 😉 That’s part of the story for us.
Here is a pretty cool trip done with these bags: http://welovemountains.net/my-review-of-apidura-bike-bags/May 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm #810540
Working on kit and fitness. Only one can be bought unfortunately 🙂
May 12, 2016 at 10:56 am #810673
Looks like our best kick at the big ride wont be until the fall. But, we want to do a shorter shakedown ride on Father’s Day weekend which is June 17-19th. We would leave at 4pm on Friday night and make our way to our first camping spot for the night.
Being the first one, the goal is not to kill ourselves. Averaging maybe 60-80km per day. 3 days riding and 2 nights of camping.
A few route to consider:
Guelph to Goderich trail
Orangeville to Sauble or Collingwood
Uxbridge to Haliburton or Peterborough
I think the best route to pick should be the one which has camping at the right intervals for our timeline. We need two good spots where we can make a fire and have a comfy night sleep. Personally, I would still like to dip a toe in Lake Ontario and finish doing the same in Lake Huron. That’s 283km but I think it’s totally doable. We need to get a car back or shuttle it however. If we leave at 4 on Friday we should be able to get out of the city to our first camping spot. Otherwise some of the other routes can be an out and back.
If we want to shorten that ride we can simply start in Orangeville then it will be all rail trail to Suable Beach.
Here are some cool route to consider. http://webhome.idirect.com/~brown/
If interested in coming along, you’re welcome to join on any reliable bike with any sort of pack. Each person is responsible for their own camping gear, food and equipment. Some stuff, like cookware, we wont all need to bring so once we get interested parties and route we can suss that out.May 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm #810947
First dry run with gear.
Got my tent, bag and other small stuff this week and just seeing what fits where. Certainly run out of room in a hurry. Will post more details after trip but I have sleeping bag, thermorest and inflatable pillow in handlebar roll. Tent in the seat bag and polls between toptube and frame bag. Bunch of food in front accessory pouch and frame bag. Still have the small top tube bags to add for maps, camera and chargers. Just working on camping logistics and then will decide on stove or whether we can grab food along the way. Planning to carry 4-5 liters of water per day. Hope to not have to pump water but again will depend on overnight options. The items in both the front and rear bags are in dry bags as the outer shell is not 100% waterproof. Hoping for good weather but ready for whatever comes.June 5, 2016 at 11:51 am #811020
Hey what’s total weight on that? Looks like about as dialled of a setup as you can get!June 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm #811021
Hey @somers It’s not completely packed yet but as is weighs 40lbs, which is pretty darn good. Even that feels heavy to ride with however. The camps we have chosen are full-service sites (power, water and showers) so we are able to save brining some of the heavier gear. Though we may just do it anyway to complete the experience. I think around the 50-60lbs mark is a more realistic riding weigh for a full complement kit. In comparison to panniers, the weigh is higher on the bike but more centralized. I think panniers are still a very good option for anything but tetchy singletrack. This route will be mostly gravel, so either setup is great. This is a shakedown ride to learn more about what works and what is possible.
I haven’t done any rides fully loaded with the gear but hope to this week. I’m sure it will be a eye opened comparing it to my empty frame rides. Let the adventures begin!
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