/ bikepacking steed choice
Old rigid Kona. Great touring bikes.
Personally I would go with the rigid for any serious touring, but three days? I don't suppose it matters which.
panniers? touring? if i was planning on being on roads it would be a no-brainer - rigid all the way, but this is a strictly off road jaunt ;o) sleeping bag and tarp strapped to the saddle, thermarest strapped to the handlebars and a small sac with some bivi gear in...
I've bikepacked with my hard-tail Kona Blast
And in each case found I needed to wear a small back pack in order to bring everything I wanted/needed.
I've also done a trip on my Felt Hyrbid, no suspension:
There I managed to load the bike so that I didn't need to carry a pack which is nice.
For going rough-ish offroad/single track for me, my Kona is great because it's a 'proper' mountain bike, but for touring on road/unsurfaced road/some paths - the hybrid was actually great. I bought a cyclocross bike last year to replace the Felt as my commuter. I've thought about bike packing with that too, but it's noticeable that the lack of "space" on the handlebars is a real issue. Obviously traditional panniers is a solution although for me that would lots of extra money, the saving of which was one of the attraction of bikepacking over traditional touring.
You need the rigid bike with one of those alpkit bike packs fitted to it. You might actually enjoy it then!
I spent a week biking (mostly on road with some trails) and swore I'd never, ever take a rucksack again. Came back with black and bleeding shoulders. Yeah, I was young and pleased just to get away! Hence my pannier recommendation.
I have seen guys using "Bob" trailers off-road. That looked the best way to do it. They were doing some pretty serious stuff as well.
Sounds like a great trip. I'd take the Kona for simplicity.
MTFU and ride the Kona, you know it makes sense ;-)
I did a similar type of trip on Dartmoor in the late 80's on a Raleigh Yukon. Great fun!
Make sure you take plenty photos and report back.
I did three days bothying with a bob trailer and in essence ended up over packing and the trailer was heavy. My own fault. I also had a full sus. It was still just fun so i reckon either choice will be exactly that, fun.
If I went again, I'd use a geared hardtail and look to take a alpkit fitted bag and light rucksack.. for me panniers always load a little one way or the other, and like a bob trailer can be unsettling. I recall descending on very lumpy rocks and I could see the bob trailer starting to overtake me on a corner... it was manageable but weird.
What are these Aplkit bags people keep mentioning?!
> What are these Aplkit bags people keep mentioning?!
cheers all for the advice, i reckon the full suss 29" option is the one i'll go for, if the route's too easy i'll do it again on the kona! i think i'll be giving my hard earned pounds to Wildcat Designs - as much as i like Alpkit, Wildcat make everything in my home town and I have to say their stuff looks better than Alpkit ;o)
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