Bikepacking in an attempt to go lighter

I recently returned from a trip to cycle the Northern Ireland Coastal Route.

Once my bike was fully loaded it was far from sprightly and steered like a supertanker so I figured my next cycling trip would need to be significantly lighter.

Bikepacking Bags attached onto Genesis Tour de Fer

Bikepacking Bags attached onto Genesis Tour de Fer

Bikepacking Bags Starting from the left

  • Seat Bag up to 16 Litres – Ortlieb
  • Frame Bag – Blackburn
  • Fuel Tank – Topeak
  • Handlebar Bag – Ortlieb
  • Handlebar Accessory Pouch – Ortlieb
Ortlieb Handlebar Bag mounted on a Genesis Tour de Fer

Ortlieb Handlebar Bag mounted on a Genesis Tour de Fer

Ortleib Seat Bag mounted to a Brooks B17 on a Genesis Tour de Fer

Ortleib Seat Bag mounted to a Brooks B17 on a Genesis Tour de Fer

Bikepacking gear mounted to Genesis Tour de Fer

Bikepacking gear mounted to Genesis Tour de Fer

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2 Fluid and one Fuel Rack mounted on a Genesis Tour de Fer

2 Fluid and one Fuel Rack mounted on a Genesis Tour de Fer

 

So in these bags here is a complete kit list

Shelter & Sleep

  • Alpkit Hunka Bivvy (Seatbag)
  • Alpkit Tarp (Seatbag)
  • Thermarest Neotherm Mattress (Seatbag)
  • Blacks Cosmos 600 4 Season Sleeping Bag (Handlebar Bar)
  • Thermarest Fleece Pillow Stuffsack (Seatbag)
  • Exped Air Pillow (Seatbag)

Cooking

  • Mini Trangia (Seatbag)
  • Small Trangia Methylated Spirit Fuel Bottle (Frame)
  • Lighter & Spare Lighter (Seatbag + Tuel Tank)
  • Titanium Spork (Fuel Tank)
  • Foldacup (Seatbag)
  • Water Bottle x 2 (Frame)

Clothing (All in Seatbag)

  • Merino Wool Long Pants – Icebreaker
  • Merino Wool Long Sleeve Shirt – Icebreaker
  • Merino Wool Socks -PHD
  • Merino Wool Beanie – PHD
  • Thin Gloves – North Face
  • Down Hooded Coat – Mountain Equipment
  • Merino Wool Buff

On Bike Clothing

  • Helmet
  • Winter Gloves
  • Merino T Shirt – Icebreaker
  • Shorts – Endura
  • Fleece – Arcteryx
  • Waterproof Jacket – Marmot (Rolled up on Seatbag)
  • Bamboo Boxer Shorts (Not keen on padded shorts)
  • Merino Wool Socks
  • Cycling Shoes – Scott
  • Merino Wool Buff

Genesis Tour de Fer Specification

The bike is a 2015 model and has had mudguards and racks removed.

  • Frame Genesis Mjolnir Seamless DB Cr-Mo
  • Forks Cr-Mo Unicrown
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio FD-T4000
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio RD-M4000
  • Shifters Microshift BST09 9sp Barcon
  • Front Friction  Rear Index
  • Chainset Shimano FCM521
  • Chainrings 44/32/22T
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano BBES2AK, 68×121mm
  • Cassette Shimano CSHG400 11-32T 9sp
  • Chain – KMC X9
  • Brake Levers Tektro RL-340
  • Rims Alex Rims DH-19, 32H
  • Hubs Shimano Deore M525, 32H
  • Spokes Sapim Race DB w/ Brass Nipples
  • Tyres Schwalbe Marathon GreenGuard 700×35c

There are a few extras spread across frame bag, fuel tank and accessory pouch

  • Camera / Memory / Batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush / Paste
  • Pack Towel
  • Deodrant
  • Notebook / Pen
  • Iphone
  • Power Bank
  • Food for a day and a half
  • Front and Rear LED Bike Lights
  • Head Torch Petzl Tikkina with AAA Batteries

Toolkit (Frame Bag)

  • Multi Tool
  • Spare Inner Tubes
  • Quick Patch
  • Latex Gloves
  • Chain Lube
  • Rag

The Ortleib bags come with a five year guarantee which I needed to test when one of the plastic clips broke on the seat bag.  Within two days of contacting the distributor (Lyon Outdoor) a replacement clip arrived in the post.

 

 

 

 

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