Last month I took a mini-tour through the East Bay. It was the Fourth of July weekend, a time which I typically use to get out of town. I only had to miss one day of work, and had three solid nights of camping in a row! For those of you curious how I pack for a trip like this, pictured below are the bags I set up on my bike and the contents within.
This is what I throw on my rear rack for short trips. It's a Rivendell SaddleSack. While we can't get these for you at least you know some of the alternatives out there for carrying cargo. Were I to saddle up for a longer trip I'd use my Swift Industries Mini Roll Top Panniers in addition to the sack. I've had the Sackville in my life for a few years now and proves to be pretty versatile. I've managed to cram everything in there for an overnight camping trip with nothing else but a handlebar bag up front for a couple of go-to items. It's a lot like having a trunk on your automobile.
In the SaddleSack I'm able to pack my two person tent (an MSR Hubba Hubba), a sleeping pad (the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core), and a down sleeping bag (I forget the model, but you can tell from the label what make it is).
There are plenty of zippers on the Sackville to stash things about; pictured above are just the essentials that I took on this trip.
Enter the front end of my bike, and as you might have guessed, that's where I bias my loads. Sometimes I'll ride with a handlebar bag, but when there's offroad or rough terrain I know about ahead of time, I tend to leave it at home. It's mounted directly to the bars and when packed up it can slip downwards. Thus, you'll see no bar bag or contents in this photo set. Although, to be honest, I took it with me on this trip, just didn't shoot it.
Above is what Swift calls their Mini Short Stack Pannier. I run a set of these two bags on my Nitto Campee front rack. Turns out that Swift's fox design and our dog look pretty good together.
There I am on day one of the trip. Photo credit to Brian Oei of Boyz on the Hoods.
Alright, back to what's inside. I don't feel the need to show you my clothes or what I ate/eat for that matter. For all you gear heads out there I'll try and stick to equipment only.
The not so obvious objects are an emergency space blanket and a small, self-powered speaker. You got to have playing cards!
In another compartment are these johns: a lantern, drink coozy, waterproof matches, a butane lighter, headlamp, hand cleaner, Dr. Bronner's soap, and a hunting knife.
I used to throw discs in Golden Gate Park and still have these things so I use them as plates. There on the upper right are two sets of GSI plastic cutlery (which we sell but aren't up on the webstore yet). The bright, white object there is GSI's Ultralight Cutting Board. Super happy about its small size. Labeled on both sides for meat and veggies to counter cross-contamination.
Let's not forget this incredible titanium kung foon. Yeah, we got that.
One vertical pot here for 20oz. or less of cooking. Comes with two mugs for sharing. The pot has graduated lines on the side for accurate measurements.
The beloved MSR SuperFly stove, necessary fuel, and a 1 liter pot.
Didn't end up using these things but always a smart idea to pack a book and a compass in case you go wondering off somewhere by yourself. Let's face it, there's not always time to read when you're camping with a group.
I packed this with strawberries from a market, but makes for water-safe storage for just about anything. Right, we sell it too.
That pretty much concludes my gear on this trip. Wish I had laid out everything and had an aerial photograph to show it all but this way you can see more details. Maybe I'll follow up with a post about my tour. It was over a month ago but still awesome enough to share. Check out Brian's write-up here for now.