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Koth
Jul 1, 2005


I mean, there are plenty of bags available. Arkel, Axiom, Topeak, Ortlieb are available in every bike shop. Arkel and Ortlieb make great bags, but they all look the same and they're all soooo bland.

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Cannon_Fodder
Jul 17, 2007

"Hey, where did Steve go?"
Design by Kamoc

Koth posted:

I mean, there are plenty of bags available. Arkel, Axiom, Topeak, Ortlieb are available in every bike shop. Arkel and Ortlieb make great bags, but they all look the same and they're all soooo bland.

This will be my first time toying with bags and racks. How well do they fit together? Are there any sizing/compatible gotchas to know about?

Koth
Jul 1, 2005


Cannon_Fodder posted:

This will be my first time toying with bags and racks. How well do they fit together? Are there any sizing/compatible gotchas to know about?

I can only speak for the Ortlieb rack mount system, but they are completly adjustable on three points, so I can't imagine any rack that they wouldn't fit. I've put them on three different racks myself.

The Wiggly Wizard
Aug 21, 2008




Cannon_Fodder posted:

This will be my first time toying with bags and racks. How well do they fit together? Are there any sizing/compatible gotchas to know about?

You might have problems with your heels hitting your bags, or rim brake clearance issues. I had this problem and needed to buy a rack with long setback

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



Yeah, if you're mounting square panniers (as opposed to tapering toward the bottom) on a bike with normal chainstays (my touring bike is 445mm), you'll probably get some heel rub unless you slam the panniers aft on the rack. Which might feel extra unwieldy handling wise until you get used to it.

Koth
Jul 1, 2005


Koth posted:

Procelain Rocket was bought by Rockgeist, so all of their stuff is only available in the USA. Other than Arkel and TwoWheel Gear, I don't know who else makes bags in Canada.

It's not that I need a bag that's made in Canada, but being able to find Canadian retailers of these cool bags that Russ reviews would be nice.

I say this and then I find https://dismountbikeshop.com/ in Toronto which sells Swift bags and Outer Shell bags. I picked up the Drawcord Handlebar Bag https://outershell.com/shop/handlebar-bag to hold my camera.

mexecan
Jul 10, 2006


Koth posted:

Procelain Rocket was bought by Rockgeist, so all of their stuff is only available in the USA. Other than Arkel and TwoWheel Gear, I don't know who else makes bags in Canada.

It's not that I need a bag that's made in Canada, but being able to find Canadian retailers of these cool bags that Russ reviews would be nice.

Rockgeist will ship to Canada. I grabbed one of their bags a few months back.

Local YVR option is HMPL. Iíve ordered a few smaller pieces from them and the quality is good. Theyíll do custom work as well.

Cannon_Fodder
Jul 17, 2007

"Hey, where did Steve go?"
Design by Kamoc

LBS had a Salsa Anything Cradle available.

Cue me riding back to my house with 2 coffees, a bike rack tucked into my pants, and one hand on my hoods.

90 bucks? Donezo. Looks like my mountain bike is getting its first bikepacking upgrade!

For clarity's sake, I'm setting up 2 bikes at the moment.

Salsa El Mariachi hardtail (hence the front cradle)
Poseidon Redwood (going with the rear rack panniers as per the thread's advice)

Cannon_Fodder fucked around with this message at 15:12 on Mar 16, 2021

Koth
Jul 1, 2005


Cannon_Fodder posted:

LBS had a Salsa Anything Cradle available.

Cue me riding back to my house with 2 coffees, a bike rack tucked into my pants, and one hand on my hoods.

90 bucks? Donezo. Looks like my mountain bike is getting its first bikepacking upgrade!

For clarity's sake, I'm setting up 2 bikes at the moment.

Salsa El Mariachi hardtail (hence the front cradle)
Poseidon Redwood (going with the rear rack panniers as per the thread's advice)

Nice. That's what I use, and I love it. It can be a bit of a pain getting the bag on the cradle at first, but once it's on, it stays tight.

Literally Lewis Hamilton
Feb 22, 2005

#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor
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#StillIRise
#Blessed




REI was selling the top load dry bag for $40 but actually sent you the entire kit - bag, cradle, accessory pouch and straps.

I know 4 people personally who bought this and got the whole thing. They still have the side load bag for $40. I believe someone mentioned they got the whole kit there as well.

Cannon_Fodder
Jul 17, 2007

"Hey, where did Steve go?"
Design by Kamoc

Literally Lewis Hamilton posted:

REI was selling the top load dry bag for $40 but actually sent you the entire kit - bag, cradle, accessory pouch and straps.

I know 4 people personally who bought this and got the whole thing. They still have the side load bag for $40. I believe someone mentioned they got the whole kit there as well.

Yep. This was mentioned on Discord.

I pulled the trigger on some cages and bags. On wishful thinking, I picked up the bag, worst case, I now have 2 cradles.

hemale in pain
Jun 5, 2010






Salad Prong

you can never have too many bike things

CopperHound
Feb 14, 2012



Literally Lewis Hamilton posted:

REI was selling the top load dry bag for $40 but actually sent you the entire kit - bag, cradle, accessory pouch and straps.

I know 4 people personally who bought this and got the whole thing. They still have the side load bag for $40. I believe someone mentioned they got the whole kit there as well.
Another data point. Ordered march 5th just got the kit.

Koth
Jul 1, 2005


Wow, nice! Mine was almost $300 CDN.

Literally Lewis Hamilton
Feb 22, 2005

#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor
#BlackLivesMatter
#StillIRise
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Some people obviously found this out because thereís a number on eBay recently

charliebravo77
Jun 11, 2003



Bagchat: I got the Ortlieb bikepacking setup (minus the cockpit bag since I already had one) and it's really solid. If only I used it more than once. Gotta change that this spring/summer, who wants to bikepacking in Chicagoland?

IMG_20200628_153339_556 by charliebravo77, on Flickr

meltie
Nov 9, 2003

Not a sodding fridge.

I'm interested in cycling travelogues around the Pacific Ring of Fire. Not just the USA bit, but adventures that attempt to cover the whole thing.

I've found bits of a Ring of Fire blog from one Canadian couple, and i've read Anna McNuff's Llama Drama. I know it's a huge trip, but am I missing any famous stories from round the Pacific?

meltie fucked around with this message at 20:48 on Mar 17, 2021

Man_of_Teflon
Aug 15, 2003



charliebravo77 posted:

Bagchat: I got the Ortlieb bikepacking setup (minus the cockpit bag since I already had one) and it's really solid. If only I used it more than once. Gotta change that this spring/summer, who wants to bikepacking in Chicagoland?

IMG_20200628_153339_556 by charliebravo77, on Flickr

what kind of places are you thinking of going to around here?

charliebravo77
Jun 11, 2003



Good question. I planned out a few trips of varying length with stops at state and county parks in IL, IN and WI. I&M Canal as an overnight, 3 day up into WI and Bong State Park, down south to Kankakee State Park and over into IN to Willow Slough. As vaccines increase and covid declines I'll probably look at hotels as options too. I'd really like to do a multi-day trip this summer, gotta drag my brother along again.

a loathsome bird
Aug 15, 2004


Anyone have experience with the Vista 300 or Appalachian Gravel Growler? Looking for an intermediate level bikepacking route close-ish to Chattanooga for early June- will be riding a dropbar gravel bike on 47s, so chunky gravel is fine but something like the TNGA is probably out.

Bottom Liner
Feb 15, 2006


IF I'M TALKING ABOUT ART, I'M PROBABLY WRONG, SO PLEASE REPORT ME SO I CAN BE PROBATED. AGAIN.




a loathsome bird posted:

Anyone have experience with the Vista 300 or Appalachian Gravel Growler? Looking for an intermediate level bikepacking route close-ish to Chattanooga for early June- will be riding a dropbar gravel bike on 47s, so chunky gravel is fine but something like the TNGA is probably out.

I did The Mountain 420 and itís a brutal route. It covers most of Vista plus a lot of single track. I did it just after some major storms though so the trails and roads were trashed with multiple bridges out on the roads and stuff. Appalachian GG is probably the more chill route given what Iíve seen (but not having ridden it myself).

Cannon_Fodder
Jul 17, 2007

"Hey, where did Steve go?"
Design by Kamoc

CopperHound posted:

Another data point. Ordered march 5th just got the kit.

Due to that forwarding fuckery, my package is now in Pittsburgh for the second time. It literally got to my doorstep and my mail guy found a forward taking it to Pittsburgh and then to detroit. Luckily I discovered the forward quickly and spent like 5 hours on the phone with usps to undo the damage.

Soon!

Man_of_Teflon
Aug 15, 2003



charliebravo77 posted:

Good question. I planned out a few trips of varying length with stops at state and county parks in IL, IN and WI. I&M Canal as an overnight, 3 day up into WI and Bong State Park, down south to Kankakee State Park and over into IN to Willow Slough. As vaccines increase and covid declines I'll probably look at hotels as options too. I'd really like to do a multi-day trip this summer, gotta drag my brother along again.

Those all sound great, I've wanted to do rides along the canal for a while. I know you can ride up to Chain o Lakes almost entirely on bike paths, idk about past there towards Bong. No idea about Willow Slough but it looks nice and I bet riding to the end of a Metra line would make it all a nice ride.

Send me a PM when you start planning, I bet I could get a couple other people to join depending on dates.

Polo-Rican
Jul 3, 2004

emptyquote my posts or die

Anyone done any touring in Puerto Rico? I'm currently obsessing over the concept of circumnavigating the island, but it's also admittedly a car sewer with very little bike infrastructure... but, despite that, it does seem to have a pretty rabid yet small cycling scene. There are tour groups that do it but I'm having trouble finding any impressions / reviews online.

Polo-Rican fucked around with this message at 21:33 on Mar 29, 2021

Bottom Liner
Feb 15, 2006


IF I'M TALKING ABOUT ART, I'M PROBABLY WRONG, SO PLEASE REPORT ME SO I CAN BE PROBATED. AGAIN.




Anyone interested in buying a Revelate Vole seatpack? I've only used it once and have since changed my setup and don't need it now. It was $150 new, looking for $100 + shipping.


It's also dropper compatible, which they no longer make.

It's this one:
https://bikepacking.com/gear/revelate-vole-review/

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



Bikepacking just put out this huge comparo and visual shopping for half frame bag options:
https://bikepacking.com/index/half-frame-bags-and-wedges/

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DaNerd
Sep 15, 2009

u br?


Hi bike friends. I'm looking at going from NYC to Cooperstown over 3-4 days at the end of April and I'm trying to plan a route, but I've never planned a route before. Would anyone mind taking a quick glance to see if I am going to die?

Basic idea is take bike route 9 to Albany switching to Mohawk-Hudson/Canal trail to Fort Plain and taking whatever looks good to Cooperstown.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35644703

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