I’ve never been a fan of back packs, whether it be for walking, climbing or biking but they are the necessary evil that haunts us every time we head outdoors.
Let’s face it even the very best ones are heavy (when loaded), restrictive, sweaty, uncomfortable, and get in the way of free movement. And I love the excuse “it will protect my back in a crash” yeh right, as if you’d land exactly on it, your more likely to have it try and pull your arm out of your socket when you crash…… Or simple don’t crash.
So, this winter it’s bye bye backpacks on bike rides and making full use of my bike packing gear.
Bike Packing gear = Not just for overnight rides…….
With tomorrows forecast saying that is will be a dry start then turning wet after an hours riding, I could do as roadies do and switch off my alarm and have a sleep in of I can just get on with it and get out riding. So that’s what I’ll do and I’ve just loaded up ready for it.
But instead of my normal winter back pack everything I need is on my bike leaving my back free from any dead weight.
In the seat pack are the following, Inner tube, tools, CO2 bits, over shoes, spare gloves, waterproof over shorts, light weight rain proof and a heavy weight waterproof coat (because you can’t trust those forecasters).
In the top tube bag is my every present camera, cash and my breakfast snacks (still in the fridge. Note to self….. don’t forget to load them up in the morning)
As some of my ride to and from the group meet up will be on roads you will see I have one of those crazy bright ALDI rear lights ready for action.
Then up front I have my Garmin Dakota, My KLite dynamo powered front light and in my stem cell bag are the electrics, phone charging port with room left for my phone and a couple more snacks.
With power for the front light and phone charging all coming from the front hub.
So, ditch the back pack this winter there is absolutely no need to ride with one.