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Laura to Stone Hut Cycle Track

February 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Melrose Showgrounds Trail

January 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Melrose to Wilmington Rail Trail

January 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Nullarbor Day 2: Lets ride headlong into a gale

October 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Nullarbor Day 1: A 1000km road trip

October 11th, 2016|0 Comments

How do I fit 27 litres of water onto the bike?

October 1st, 2016|0 Comments

When there is nothing, everything is more obvious!

August 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Pack with a plan and reduce frustration

When touring, I have generally have two front and two rear panniers with a top bag across the top of the rear rack. In total my panniers and trailer are rated to carry 78 kilogram (172 lb.) but excluding water, I would try to only carry about half this weight with it. Add in 15 litres of water and it is still a reasonable load to be dragging around the country. Through in a rough road and all this weight can create quite a sheer factor that can snap mounting connections.

  • 2 x *Ortlieb Front Roller Pannier bags
  • 2 x Ortlieb Rear Roller Pannier bags
  • 1 x Ortleib Ultimate 6 Handlebar Bag
  • 1 x *Ortleib Top bag

Weight Distribution

When distributing the weight, I like to keep the front panniers as light as possible with most of the weight spread between the rear panniers and trailer. Given that I always dismount to the left of the bike, anything I need in a hurray or often, is packed at the top of the bags on that side of the bike but without having all the weight on one side either.

A typical pack would be as follows:

Handlebar Bag:

  • Camera
  • Wallet
  • Cashews
  • Hydrolite tablets
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Sunblock
  • Maps
  • Diary
  • Pen

Front panniers:

  • Rain Jacket or jumper
  • First aid kit
  • Snacks
  • Spare water bottle

Rear panniers:

  • Food
  • Hiking pillow
  • Clothes
  • Cooking gear
  • Extra water

Top of rear panniers:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Air mattress
  • Camera tripod
  • Spare tyre
  • Bike repair kit
  • Folding stool

I can guarantee that I will accumulate stuff as the journey progresses so I make sure that there is empty space at the start that can be filled along the way.

If taking the trailer for extended trips or where extra food is carried, the gear from the top of rear panniers is moved to the trailer and the extra food replaces it. Most of the gear stored here will fit inside of the cargo bag. For stability, the heaviest gear is stored low and toward the front of the trailer. Flat gear like tarps and spare trailer tire can be secured on the trailer below the trailer bag.

The page Bike Gear has full list of the bike storage gear items I use for a ride.