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The Rig

in-depth My Bikepacking Setup The Beast

Let’s delve into my bikepacking setup and the bike I use. This goes beyond a mere gear list; it offers an in-depth exploration not only of the components I utilize but, more importantly, the reasons behind my choices. Apologies in advance, as this article will be quite lengthy, as it encompasses years of research and testing to arrive at my current Bikepacking setup.

Rather than simply showcasing the gear and bike itself, the focus here is on the why and the how and where I pack it. Many bikepacking gear lists I’ve come across have been informative, but they often fail to explain the intricacies of packing methods and locations or why they chose certain pieces of gear . This article aims to provide a truly comprehensive understanding.

I have divided The Rig page into several sections for easy navigation: Bike Build, Core Setup, The Expedition, Apparel, Gadgets, and Gear List PDF. By clicking on the respective links, you can directly access each section. Whether you prefer clicking on the links for direct access or simply reading through, rest assured that all the information will be covered by the time you reach the bottom.

The Beast

A Custom Bike Build for Remote Exploration"

The heart of this bike build is the pursuit of conquering remote and challenging terrains. It’s meticulously designed to enable me to explore uncharted territories, be fully self-reliant, and carry abundant supplies and fix with the tools i carry. Countless times, I’ve stumbled upon trails that beckoned me to venture further, to uncover what lies beyond the next bend or over the rugged mountain ranges. Unfortunately, I had to turn back due to insufficient provisions or the inability to withstand harsh weather conditions, where temperatures plummet below -10 degrees. This bike build is dedicated to eliminating such limitations.

Over the years, my bikepacking setup has undergone a transformative journey. Initially, my focus revolved around achieving extreme lightweight, with a total weight of a mere 14kg, encompassing both the gear and the bike. However, as my experiences expanded to encompass packrafting and winter expeditions, my priorities shifted towards versatility and enduring durability. This often entails opting for slightly heavier materials that can withstand the elements and endure the test of time. 

The Frame

The Alubooyah Bamboo Fat

I have a deep affection for carbon frames, this time I was fortunate enough to acquire a frame from James Wolf. James, a good friend of mine who resided in Vietnam at the time, was not only a skilled bamboo master but also shared a passion for bikepacking and bike racing and built custom bamboo bikes through his company boocycles . However, he had decided to redirect his career towards bamboo architecture and construction upon returning to the USA..

Despite his success in crafting winning fatbike frames for various races, James informed us that he would no longer be producing bamboo bike frames. Intrigued by this opportunity, we eagerly seized the chance and ordered the final two frames directly from his workshop in Vietnam. When the frames arrived, they were breathtakingly beautiful and fully customized, true works of art. Even the logo was hand-painted, and each bamboo piece was unique, making them one-of-a-kind.

While I must confess that over the years of rigorous trail riding, I have subjected my Bamboo frame to countless scratches and abuse, it only gained more character and become even more badass looking . Should you be interested, I believe there may still be a few frames in stock at their USA office, as mentioned on their website. This frames serve as the foundation of my bike rig build, and I continue to, appreciating enduring toughness and enhanced badassery of my Custom Bamboo Frame

The Forks

Wrensports Inverted Fat Bike Suspension

When riding my fatbike, I discovered the importance of tire pressure adjustments, especially when traversing various terrains like sand and dirt trails. Suspension didn’t really cross my mind until I tackled the challenging Ho Chi Minh Trail, where the relentless bumps along the 100-kilometer stretch took a toll on my hands. That’s when I started considering replacing my trusty carbon fork, which had served me well for the past year, with a suspension fork.

I wanted a fork that required minimal maintenance, knowing that traditional suspension forks demanded regular attention. After consulting with my brother-in-law, who rebuilds suspension forks for a living (mostly for motocross), I looked into Lauf forks, which were fully carbon and required no maintenance at all. However, the downside was that they lacked adjustability and were essentially fixed in one mode, resulting in wasted energy on smoother roads.

Determined to find a suspension fork that could be tailored to my weight (which fluctuates due to my beer intake) and locked out for smoother roads, I stumbled upon Wren fatbike inverted forks by chance. These forks allowed for quick adjustments and had a lockout feature for road riding. Although they came with a hefty price tag of over $700, which I later discovered was in the low price range compared to other more well-known brands, I started researching more about this brand.

Still concerned about the maintenance aspect, I watched a YouTube video detailing the maintenance and service of the Wren inverted fork. To my relief, I discovered that I could perform basic maintenance on the trail using simple tools. Check out the video here to know what I mean.

The Wren fork truly transformed my bamboo fatbike into a beast. While some riders use these forks for technical MTB rides with massive jumps, steep trails, and top speeds, my preference leans more towards off-the-beaten-path exploration, taking my time without any rush or racing. However, I know that these forks are more than capable of handling extreme terrain at top speed when needed.

Lately, I’ve been setting up base camp early and removing the Bikepacking front roll bag and rear bag, simplifying my setup to the core. Busily set up for day riding, and I adjust the Wren TwinAir System as it is designed to fine-tune the ride of the fork using only your air pump. This allows me to fully immerse myself in mountain biking the trail, providing an exhilarating rush and also helping me refine my technique.

The performance of the Wren fork has been exceptional, and its quality and value were evident when my partner, Sang, built her own bamboo fatbike and chose to equip it with the Wren inverted fork as well. It’s a testament to the fork’s reputation and reliability, as Sang only buys gear that she really needs and never wastes money, especially since she doesn’t make much money waiting tables, particularly in Vietnam where average salaries are less than $200 a month. She is now so impressed by her first Wren product that she is looking to change out her Jones H bars with the Wren Perseverance adventure bar.

It’s been 2 years now since I started riding with a Wren inverted fork, and I still haven’t had to do any maintenance. But even if I have to, I’m not worried, even if I’m in the middle of a trail 1,000 miles from nowhere.

The Seat

Infinity Bike Seat

Back in 2016, I made what turned out to be my final bike upgrade, but in hindsight, it should have been my first. During a casual evening with drinks at my house, a friend asked me what bike I would buy if I won the lottery. I confidently responded that I wouldn’t buy anything because I already had my dream bike—the Lamere full carbon fatbike weighing in at 8.9 kgs. However, my friend insisted that there must be something I would change about it. After he left, I began contemplating, and it dawned on me that every component of my full carbon fat bike worked well, except for one aspect. Whenever I rode over 50 km, my posterior would become sore, sometimes even painfully raw, despite using padding and chafing cream. This discomfort was especially pronounced during long bikepacking rides on the trails.

Desperate for a solution, I turned to bicycle touring Facebook groups and posted a comment seeking advice. The most common response I received was to get a Brooks saddle, as everyone seemed to swear by it. However, I had already made up my mind to never purchase a Brooks saddle, and there were a few reasons for this decision. During one of my early tours from Singapore to Vietnam, I rode alongside two female cyclists who had collectively accumulated over 20,000 km of touring experience. They had both journeyed from the UK to Singapore, and I vividly remember they using a brooks saddle and wearing padded shorts, and applying chafing cream daily The girls were aware i had chaff cream since they had seen me packing my bikepacking setup. Every morning, their first request wasn’t a simple greeting but rather a plea for the chafing cream. This made me question the efficacy of the highly acclaimed Brooks saddles they both used, which were supposedly the best on the market. If they still required chafing cream despite using these saddles, it became evident to me that they weren’t as exceptional as they were touted to be.

Among the comments on Facebook, someone mentioned the Infinity Seat, and their remark quickly garnered over 40 likes. I had never heard of the Infinity Seat before, so I decided to visit their website and learn more. The price tag was over $300, and initially, I struggled to justify spending such a substantial amount. However, I began to question the logic of investing a fortune in a bike and all this bikepacking gear only to experience discomfort after a mere 50 km of bikepacking. With some trepidation, I took a leap of faith and ordered the Infinity Seat, especially since they provided a discount code (BIKEPACK) at checkout, which saved me some money.

To my delight, the new Infinity Seat arrived in just two weeks to Vietnam. It took me approximately an hour to properly position the seat, testing it out and making necessary adjustments. And what can I say? On the first day, it provided pure comfort, and by the second day, I no longer needed padded shorts. By the third day, chafing cream became unnecessary—I simply used Johnson & Johnson talc powder. Ever since that moment, over 7 years ago, I have been able to ride all day without experiencing any discomfort, covering an average distance of 130 to 180 km. I should have bought the Infinity Seat right from the beginning.

Interestingly, when I built my new bamboo fat bike in 2020, I had already ordered the Infinity Seat even before deciding on the frame. It’s funny how priorities can shift when you find a solution that brings true comfort to your riding experience. I can confidently say to others, “Just buy it, and you’ll be happy.”

The Handle Bars

Alternative Jones H Bar Titanium

When I was building my bamboo fat bike, I decided to give the H bars by Jones a try. Many of my friends had been using them for years and highly recommended them. While browsing their website, I noticed that they also offered titanium . I was intrigued to try them out since I had never used any titanium parts before. However, when I saw the price, which was well over $300, I decided to hold off unless I suddenly robbed a bank.

Fortunately, while shopping on AliExpress, I stumbled upon a similar design to the Jones handbars made out of titanium. They were priced at $96, and without hesitation, I placed an order. I have been using them for the past three years, and they have proven to be more comfortable than my previous MTB carbon handlebars. Additionally, they have a good weight to them, making my riding experience even more enjoyable.

The Brakes

The Shimano Deore XT BR-M8100

While I don’t have extensive experience with brakes, I must say that my old carbon fat bike was equipped with XT brakes by Shimano, and they never gave me any trouble. That positive experience led me to choose the same model for my new bamboo fat bike build. Once again, they have proven to be reliable and efficient without any issues.


Here’s a helpful tip: If you’re planning a long-distance tour, it’s wise to stock up on brake pads beforehand. I made the smart decision to purchase six sets from AliExpress for just $26. This significantly saved me money compared to the steep price of $48 for a single set that I once encountered while buying on the road in Singapore.

The Gears

Shimano XT M8000 Groupset

I made the decision early on to avoid using a roff or pinion gear box for several reasons. Price was one factor, but I also wanted something simple and easy to repair, especially in remote locations. While I acknowledge that failures of pinion or roff gear systems are rare, I have come across a few instances where such failures have occurred. I remember watching a YouTube video where a cyclist’s roff gear failed unexpectedly in the middle of nowhere. After he hitchhiked  to a nearby city, he discovered that the problem was a broken plastic cog inside. The nearest roff dealer was more than 900 miles away, so he ended up replacing the gearing system with a 10-speed setup. Eventually, when he reached a roff dealer in Singapore, the faulty roff gear was replaced free of charge. However, he incurred additional expenses of over $600 due to costs associated with accommodations, transportation, and acquiring Shimano gears.

In the past, I used the SRAM XX1 system, but for this particular build, I opted for the XT 11-speed Shimano. XT Shimano components are more widely available, and they come at a significantly lower price. After three years of use, the XT 11-speed system has been working well for me. As part of regular maintenance, I always carry a few spare derailleurs, two extra chains, two spare cables, and a chain measuring tool. Every night, like clockwork, I clean the gears and apply oil to keep them in optimal condition. 

The Wheels


At the beginning, I had a series of fuck ups while attempting to go tubeless. I encountered issues such as leaks from the spokes and broken valves, which made the whole process a pain in the ass. It felt like every possible problem that could arise with setting up and using tubeless tires happened to me. However, I persevered and eventually got the system to work flawlessly.

That changed during a trail ride in Australia when I unfortunately experienced the ordeal of breaking three spokes at the same time. Looking back on it, I now realize that they broke because the sealant I had used was rusting them out. The situation was a mess as I tried to replace them, with the trail resembling an environmental disaster. If anyone had stumbled upon it, they would have rightfully reported me for the spilled sealant everywhere. It was at that moment that I made the permanent decision to switch back to using tubes, as they were easier to repair. Nevertheless, I still aimed to make my tires as bombproof as possible.

To achieve optimum performance, I constructed my wheelset using high-quality components. The rims are crafted from carbon, providing exceptional strength and durability. Specifically, I selected the robust spokes from DT Swiss, renowned for their superior engineering.

In addition, I opted for brass nipples due to their corrosion resistance and prolonged lifespan. These reliable nipples ensure that my wheelset remains intact and minimizes the need for frequent replacements.

To enhance puncture resistance, I invested in liners known as Mr. Tuffy. These liners serve a dual purpose, with one applied to the inner side and another to the outer side of the tube that makes contact with the tire. Engineered to be puncture-proof, these liners have proven their effectiveness over the past three years by preventing any tire punctures. Although they do contribute some additional weight to the wheelset and necessitate carrying spare tubes, it’s important to note that I have always carried extra tubes and sealant even when using tubeless tires. Consequently, the slight increase in weight is not a significant concern.

Overall, my meticulous selection of components and incorporation of puncture-resistant liners have ensured a reliable and durable wheelset that has performed admirably for an extended period of time.

The Rear Rack

Aeroe Spider FAT Rack

I’ve never been a fan of racks, for me that more of a traditional cycle touring setup and considering how often I’ve witnessed their failures over the years. Just watch any traditional cycle touring video, and you’ll see countless instances of riders replacing or stopping at welding shops to fix or secure them with zip ties. With that in mind, why would I choose to use a rear rack? For most of my adventures, I can manage with just a seat post bag of around 14 liters, which provides enough space for 5 to 7 days’ worth of food. However, the trips I truly prefer are the ones that take me to remote, untouched areas with no opportunity for resupply. In those cases, a rack becomes a necessity.

Fortunately, I was fortunate enough to acquire an aero rack system when it first launched through their Kickstarter program in 2018. Initially, I used it primarily on my girlfriend’s bike since her fat bike has an extremely small frame, and she stands at just 4.7 feet in height. Using a seat post bag was simply not an option for her. Over the years, I’ve thoroughly tested this rack system, even going as far as removing bolts to simulate their loss. Surprisingly, even with six out of the eight bolts removed, the rack still performed flawlessly.

I’ve been relying on this rack system, along with their durable cradles, for five years now. It has proven to be incredibly robust and built to last, standing up to the toughest conditions and adventures I’ve encountered.

The Front Harness

Spider Handlebar Cradle

I’ve been in love with the front roll material harness since day one. Its ultra-lightweight and durable nature ensures that it will never fail me. For a solid decade, I’ve stuck with these harnesses, particularly the ones from Bike Bag Dude. I completely steered clear of plastic hard harnesses, considering them just another potential component to break. However, I recently received one from Aero via for testing purposes. Although it was noticeably heavier than the material harness, it had a significant advantage.

The Aero harness kept itself clear of the cables and, thanks to its firm structure, I could effortlessly secure the dry bag with just one hand. With a material harness, it usually takes two hands. Additionally, the dry front roll bag remained securely in place throughout the day’s ride on various trails, requiring no adjustments whatsoever. The only downside, aside from the added weight, was the strap design that came with it. They were clip bucket-style straps, which I swapped out for Sea to Summit straps. These new straps, essentially a replica of the Evolvie straps, featured a superior locking system.

Overall, despite the weight difference, the advantages of the Aero harness were evident in its ability to keep the cables clear and its effortless bag attachment, while the only improvement needed was swapping out the straps for a more reliable locking system provided by Sea to Summit.

The Core Setup:

The Foundation for Adventure

Now that we’ve discussed the custom bamboo bike build, let’s delve into the core setup, which consists of a total of seven custom-made bikepacking bags. Among these bags, four are Popcorn bags and one is a frame bag, all from Meritgear. Additionally, I rely on two top tube bags from Bike Bag Dude, an esteemed Australian brand.

Irrespective of the specific type of adventure I embark upon, be it a four-season exploration, a packrafting journey, a quick weekend getaway, or an extensive world tour, my core setup remains unchanged. It serves as the unwavering foundation for all my diverse bikepacking styles, accommodating everything I require throughout the ride. So, let’s delve into each section of the core setup to gain a comprehensive understanding of the rationale behind my packing approach.

Truth be told, ever since I mastered the core bikepacking setup a few years ago, my bikepacking arrangements have become incredibly effortless—truly hassle-free.

Frame Bag

Water Storage - Tools - Spare Parts

When it comes to my bikepacking adventures, the frame bag takes center stage as an integral part of my core foundation setup. This bag holds utmost importance as it allows me to prioritize the essential items: tools, water, and a filter. These particular items carry the most weight in my load, and their presence is non-negotiable. While I can make adjustments to reduce the weight of other gear, like my tent, which I have managed to trim down to a mere 680 grams in previous endeavors, water remains a constant factor. Given that water weighs approximately one kilogram per liter, it is most practical to store it within the frame bag.


To ensure a smooth and stable ride, even on rough and challenging trails, I rely on a gravity-fed system. This involves utilizing a bladder capable of holding 3 liters of water. The gravity feed system allows for a consistent and reliable water supply. In addition to the 3-liter bladder, I always carry a spare 1 liter of water, providing an extra level of preparedness.


As for my tools, I keep them stored on the left side of the frame bag. While I won’t delve into specific details about the tools and parts I carry, as they can vary for each individual based on their bike’s requirements, it is crucial to emphasize the importance of assembling a comprehensive tool kit. Before embarking on any adventure, I strongly recommend putting together a toolkit and familiarizing yourself with using it. This includes working on your bike at home, using the tools and spare parts, to ensure you have everything necessary to address any potential issues while touring. If you find yourself relying on last-minute visits to the garage or bike shops for tools and parts, it’s a clear indication that you do not have all the necessary gear required to effectively fix your bike while on a tour.

Merit-Gear Popcorn Bag L

DJI Mini 3 Pro Storage

To ensure easy access and protection for my camera gear, including the drone, as I document my adventures, I have devised a well-organized setup. My drone is securely stored in a custom-sized popcorn bag from Meritgear. When I ordered it, I specifically requested a larger size than the standard one available on their website. This larger size allows me to incorporate reflective insulation padding for added protection against bumps and cold weather.


Inside the Meritgear popcorn bag, I have placed a waterproof dry bag. This bag houses the DJI Mini 3 Pro drone, controller, spare blades, a blade-changing tool, and a 47-minute battery. To maintain dryness, I have added silica gel pouches to absorb moisture. In colder conditions, I have included hand warmer packets to prevent battery discharge. This entire setup fits neatly alongside my frame bag.

In addition to facilitating quick deployment and activating the “follow me” mode within minutes, without the need to dismount the bike and search through bags, I have also mounted the controller on my handlebar. This arrangement enables me to capture perfectly framed shots by making adjustments while riding. With this well-thought-out setup, I can effortlessly access and protect my drone while documenting my adventure.

The truth is, this setup is only possible due to having a Mini 3 Pro, as it is incredibly compact. I have owned a few drones over the years, from Spark to Phantom to DJI Mini 1, but I must say the Mini 3 Pro is perfect for Bikepackers.

Merit Gear Popcorn Bag R

The Camera’s

During my first trip with a camera, I missed out on capturing many shots because by the time I rummaged through my bags, the moment was gone. I realized the importance of quick access to my camera, so I now keep it in a custom popcorn bag from Meritgear, similar to my drone storage. The bag has insulated reflective padding and is placed in a dry bag with silica crystals and hand warmers.


In this bag, I store all my camera gear, including my iPhone 14 Pro Max with a handle camera grip. I have replaced my Canon G7X III with the iPhone due to its better battery life and easier transfer to my iPad. I also carry an iPhone 12 Mini with a handle grip mainly for b-roll shots. Both phones run the and Pro Filmic apps. Additionally, I have an iSteady gimbal, a mini tripod, a light, and a Rode Wireless Go 2 microphone, primarily used with the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

This setup allows for easy access, ensuring that I am always ready for the shot. To charge the camera phones when needed, I also carry a waterproof 10,000mAh battery.

Merit Gear Popcorn Bag L Handle Bar

The Power Plant

I learned a valuable technique for convenient charging while traveling from an incredible Indian cyclist who is also a professional photographer and filmmaker. He shared an ingenious idea of consolidating all his batteries and charger into a single stem bag. Inspired by his approach, I decided to adopt a similar setup to enhance my bikepacking experience.

In my Meritgear popcorn bag, I have organized the following gear:

4x waterproof 10,000mAh batteries – 3x 47-minute DJI Mini 3 Pro batteries and charger- 60-watt UGREEN charger- USB voltage reader- International wall charger- 10x USB-C cables

This well-organized setup ensures that I have all the necessary charging equipment readily available. I can easily access the Meritgear popcorn bag whenever I make a pit stop, even if it’s just a short 30-minute break at a coffee shop. Thanks to the inspiration from the Indian cyclist, I can efficiently manage my charging needs while on the go. Again like my other Pop corn bags I use reflective insulated padding and dry bag with hand warmer for extreme temperatures so batteries don’t lose charge.

Merit Gear Popcorn Bag R Handle Bar

The Apparel

In addition to my general riding apparel, as mentioned earlier, I store them in my Climate popcorn bag, which provides coverage for wind, light rain, sun, and chills.


This bag is accessed frequently throughout the day and night. I usually start my rides with a cold start, knowing that my body temperature will rise while riding. Instead of layering up from the beginning, I prefer to start off feeling cool and add layers after 15 minutes if I still feel cold. However, I rarely need to add extra layers except in extremely cold weather. In my Merit popcorn bag, I also carry arm warmers and leg warmers.


I also carry a windbreaker by Pro Viz, called Night Rider. I purchased this after the tragic passing of Mike Hall, who was hit by a car at night. Initially, my focus was on being stealthy, but after reading about Mike Hall’s case, I realized the importance of being visible. I learned a lot from Mike’s setups over the years, and even in his death, he continues to provide valuable advice. My windbreaker is high visibility, and I use it for light rain, wind protection, and riding at night or in fog. It serves as a versatile jacket.


Additionally, I carry a head buff, which serves multiple purposes. It protects my neck from sunburn, and I also use it as a water filter when collecting water from rivers with a lot of debris. I rarely wear gloves as I’m not fond of them, but in sunny and hot conditions, I’ve developed a habit of wearing them to prevent sunburn on my hands. It works well for me.


For riding through cities, I carry a mask called Pure Nano, designed by a French company. Although it’s not for COVID use, it connects to my app and informs me about the pollution levels in the air, indicating when to replace the filter. I’ve had this mask for two years now, and I wish I had it during my ride through Maylisa when the burning of forests caused severe haze and difficulty in breathing. It would have been handy in such conditions.

Bike Bag Dude Top Tube Bag

Personal Items

After 12 years of rugged use, the Bike Bag Dude waterproof top tube bag continues to defy wear and tear, a true testament to its exceptional Australian craftsmanship. This trusty bag serves as the perfect storage solution for quick-access essentials during my bikepacking adventures. Primarily, it secures my wallet and credit cards, ensuring their safety on the road. Additionally, I always carry the compact and convenient Sea to Summit pocket backpack, which proves invaluable when I make pit stops to replenish supplies without relying on wasteful plastic bags.

To tackle those irritating roadside bike repairs, especially in Australia’s horsefly-infested areas, I rely on the Sea to Summit head net. This little accessory has come to my rescue countless times, warding off those pesky flies and allowing me to focus on fixing my bike hassle-free.

In terms of tools, I have a multi-functional GoPro tool that not only assists with adjusting mounts but also boasts a built-in beer opener. It’s a practical addition for those moments when I want to relax and enjoy a refreshing beverage. Additionally, I store my reliable headlamp in the bag, providing a reliable light source for setting up camp after sunset or navigating low-light conditions.

Personal safety remains a priority, and for added peace of mind, I carry a defense pen as a precautionary measure. This specialized pen is designed to immobilize or disarm an assailant, offering a sense of security during my adventurous expeditions. Its discreet appearance and versatile capabilities make it an invaluable self-defense tool.

The bag also accommodates my B-roll camera, which is my trusty iPhone 12 mini. It perfectly captures those dynamic, low-level shots and serves as my go-to device for sharing my bikepacking experiences on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon. It seamlessly integrates with my Timekettle earbuds translator, which I find incredibly useful for bikepacking in remote foreign lands like Mexico, where my Spanish skills are limited to a single word (tequila). This ingenious gadget facilitates real-time language translation, enabling effective communication with locals, overcoming language barriers, and fostering meaningful connections. What sets it apart is its offline mode, ensuring usability even in areas with no internet connectivity.

Even in Vietnam, I use the Timekettle earbuds translator all the time, especially when I visit the local market. They simply look like regular ear pods, so when I ask about the price of something, I can clearly hear the discussions between the two old women on how much they plan to overcharge me. It’s quite amusing and interesting to observe. It’s strange to think that these women have been working in the same stall, selling the same items every day for 40 years, yet when you inquire about the price, you know your about to be fucked based on their conversation. With the Timekettle translator, I never overpay, as I just give the original price and laugh


Furthermore, the translator proves to be incredibly useful if you are married to someone from an Asian background and find yourself in situations where your mother-in-law starts talking, and you have no clue what she’s saying, although you know it’s definitely about you. It’s amusing because when you ask your wife what her mother said, she insists it’s nothing. But let’s be honest, the last time I used the Timekettle in listen mode, my mother-in-law sounded exactly like my own mother. She complained about me going out too much, suggested I should stay home more, and questioned why I’m always buying bike parts. The only difference between the two mothers is that mine would stop nagging after 30 minutes, while Vietnamese mothers can go on for days. So, for those who are interested in the Timekettle translator, feel free to check out the provided link.

Bike Bag Dude Small Top Tube Bag

Gear Aid

Initially, I used this small bag as my DIY first aid kit, but as I continue to evolve my Bike-packing setup, I decided to move my medical supplies to a more suitable location on the bike detailed later in the first aid section. It has now become value to me as my go-to repair kit for all my outdoor gear. It’s filled with an abundance of Gear Aid products that have saved the day on numerous occasions. Whether I encounter a tear in my tent or my beloved down jacket gets snagged by a branch on the trail, this bag is the solutions for all my gear repair needs. 

Inside, you’ll find an assortment of patches, tapes, and adhesives, each meticulously designed for specific materials and purposes. The versatility of Gear Aid’s repair patches is truly remarkable, allowing me to effortlessly mend rips and tears in a wide range of fabrics, including tough nylon and durable polyester. Additionally, the adhesive tapes prove invaluable for swift fixes, providing instant repairs for unforeseen damages while I’m on the move.

When it comes to waterproof gear as well. Their seam sealers work wonders in ensuring that my rain gear, tent, and other water-resistant equipment remain in impeccable condition. With the added confidence that my gear can be repaired, I fearlessly embrace the elements during my outdoor endeavors.

Not only does this bag of Gear Aid products save me from the frustrations of replacing expensive gear, but it also enables me to extend the lifespan of my equipment. By diligently maintaining and promptly repairing any issues that arise, I can relish my bikepacking expeditions without the worry of gear failures or the discomfort caused by damaged equipment. To enhance its versatility, I’ve even added a couple of bottles of super glue to the kit and thoughtfully wrapped some trusty Gorilla Tape around my seat post.

In summary, this small bag filled with Gear Aid products has become an essential companion for my outdoor pursuits. Its makes my bikepacking core setup complete

Attached To Frame

The Fuel Storage

Let’s discuss fuel storage options for bikepacking. I have been using the monkii cages for over 5 years, and they have proven to be reliable even on extreme trails. Attaching and detaching the cages is a breeze since there are no straps to undo. Simply click and twist!

To accommodate my fuel needs, I opted for two different bottles. The first one is a 1.5-liter fuel bottle that I found on AliExpress. I sprayed it black because I didn’t like the original red color. Although I initially wanted a larger MSR bottle, the largest capacity available was only one liter.

The second bottle I use is a compact 0.4-liter bottle by Optimus, which was included in the Optimus Polaris Optifuel stove package. I left attached the Fuel Pump directly to this bottle. Initially, I attempted to use a larger bottle on the top part of the frame, but I discovered that it restricted the full suspension capability of the Wren fork. However, the 0.4 liters don’t touch the wheel at all .

While some people prefer to keep the fuel pump separate from the bottle, I have found it to be perfectly fine and well-protected when secured under the bike’s frame. Additionally, I never have to tend with fuel smell contamination inside my bikepacking bags if i stored it there . To further safeguard the pump from mud and adverse weather conditions that could lead to corrosion, I store the fuel bag wrapped in a ziplock bag.


It’s worth noting that I primarily use petrol as my main fuel, but the stove I have can also accommodate LPG gas, white gas, kerosene, unleaded fuel, diesel, and even jet fuel without requiring any modifications.

Attached To Rear Rack

The Storm Gear

Attached to the side of my rear rack, next to the 2-liter water bottle, is a seldom-touched bag that is exclusively reserved for winter use. Within it, I carefully store my essential winter riding apparel, including heavy-duty rain gear and insulating layers. The bag is divided into two sections: the top compartment houses my rain gear, consisting of the Shower Pass Refuge jacket, Refuge pants, and waterproof socks and gators , while the bottom section is dedicated to my winter layers, such as pairs of iomernio socks, a balaclava, long trekking pants, heat 3 gloves, and an iomerino wool mid layer.

For the past six years, the Shower Pass Refuge rain jacket has been my trusted companion, enduring even the most extreme weather conditions without leaving me wet. It has truly been the epitome of a reliable rain jacket.

However, my excitement turned to disappointment when the time came to replace my worn-out jacket with the exact same model and brand. Shower Pass had made a transition to eco-friendly, water-based waterproofing. To my dismay, within just five minutes of a light shower, I found myself drenched to the skin. After reaching out to the company via email, they acknowledged that their eco-friendly waterproofing couldn’t match the effectiveness of the chemical waterproofing used in their products six years ago. The realization that I had spent over 400 dollars on a rain jacket that failed to keep the rain out left me fucking pissed. A shit loads of money down the drain. Mother fuckers , as you can tell, even after 7 months and while i am writing this’ I am still Pissed at shower pass going woke .

Determined to salvage my investment, I took matters into my own hands. I diligently searched for the most powerful chemical waterproofing spray available and treated the jacket myself. Thankfully, my efforts paid off, and now the jacket performs as it should, just as it did before the Shower Pass team compromised a perfectly good product. I highly value the organization within this bag, as I have separated the rain gear in the top section and stored the winter layers in a separate inner dry bag. This way, even if the rain gear is packed away after use, it won’t contaminate the winter layer apparel.

As a word of caution, I’ve learned from past experience not to hang the jacket on the rear of my bike while riding, as I’ve already lost two jackets that way. Instead, I recommend hanging the rain gear out to dry once you reach your campsite.

The Roll Bag

The Sleep System

Choosing the right sleep system was a challenging decision for me. I wanted a setup that could cover all four seasons, even in temperatures below -18 degrees and beyond. After experimenting with various shelters over the years, I narrowed down my options to two completely different choices.

The first one may surprise you: a dream hammock with a 4-door cuben fiber tarp. Although it’s not suitable for treeless areas, I invested a significant amount of time and money into perfecting my 4-season hammock sleep system. It sets up quickly and provides unparalleled comfort, almost like sleeping on air. Letting go of it was difficult due to these remarkable qualities.

The second option I considered was a hot tent. While it may not be freestanding, it’s unquestionably designed for all four seasons. The interior space is vast, and even when packed down, it can withstand heavy snow loads. On days with relentless rain, I appreciate the ample space for cooking and other activities. I combined it with my Big Agnes all-in-one system, which includes a -18-degree Celsius bag and excellent insulation. The best part is that it only requires one sturdy pole, eliminating any concerns about breakage.

Now, you may wonder which sleep system I ultimately decided on. As much as I would love to take both, the weight becomes too burdensome.

Regardless of the decision I make, I know I’ll end up regretting it. However, after careful consideration, I’ve chosen the hot tent option. I anticipate traversing numerous mountain passes, and the spaciousness of the hot tent will be advantageous. Additionally, I absolutely adore the comfort provided by the Big Agnes sleeping bag. While setting up the hot tent may take a bit longer, the extra space it offers makes it well worth the effort.

My sleep system encompasses all the essentials neatly packed within my front roll bag. Within it, you’ll find the tent, sleeping bag, air pad, pillow, appropriate clothing for both summer and winter camping, spare riding clothes for the following day, and a convenient camp light that doubles as an air pump for the air pad. This comprehensive setup ensures I have everything I need for a comfortable night’s sleep. Furthermore, I have a routine of safeguarding my iPad inside the sleeping bag to provide an extra layer of protection. This is particularly important as I utilize it for editing purposes, backing up the footage I captured during the day while comfortably nestled in the tent at night.


Write more about the iPad stored and clothes basicly summer clothes and mention about the laundry bag etc  and the sea to summit event bag and sizes 

Small Front Bag

The Wash Kit

It’s quite unusual to keep a wash kit in that front bag, considering its versatility for other purposes like camera gear. Personally, I have already covered my camera gear needs with popcorn bags, and accessing them is much easier, even one-handed while riding, eliminating the need to stop. Alternatively, you can use the bag for snacks while nibbling on the trail since it can hold a substantial amount. However, I’ve learned from an experienced bike traveler, Bike Girl, who has journeyed around the world, that it’s better to stop and cook a meal if you’re hungry. She never eats snacks while riding. Another option is to leave the bag empty, allowing it to collect items along the way.

Think about the number of times you’ve been offered gifts by people passing by, only to refuse them due to a lack of space, especially with a pure Bikepacking Setup. Later, at the end of the day in camp, you find yourself regretting not taking that pack of biscuits or fruit. However, I have already addressed this issue by using the pocket backpack from Sea to Summit for such rare occasions.

As for the wash kit, whenever an opportunity arises to freshen up, be it a stream, fountain, waterfall, or lake, I reach for the bag. Keeping the wash kit simple is essential because, regardless of what you bring, the fact remains that you will stink. Therefore, my wash kit consists of a sponge, a bar of soap, travel-sized sachets of body wash (usually about 6), which can double as shampoo, a toothbrush, travel-sized toothpaste, mouthwash, cotton earbuds, Johnson’s Talc Power, a pocket towel from Sea to Summit, and, of course, toilet paper. Additionally, I include a pair of swim shorts in case I need to take a dip to cool off on hot days.

The Cockpit

The Minimalist

It’s remarkable how minimalistic my handlebar cockpit has become. Initially, it was cluttered with various gadgets: an iPhone secured in a life-proof bicycle mount case, running a navigation app; a solar light, intended to eliminate the need for charging, but disappointingly dim; a bike computer for general metrics; an alarm system for security; a GoPro camera and its accessories; and a Garmin GPS computer. The multitude of devices became a constant distraction, detracting from the joy of riding, and a hassle when stopping at shops, fearing theft.

Now, my cockpit is clean and streamlined. I’ve removed the GoPro camera, relying on a drone for capturing that style of footage. I have a single reliable Knog light, which also functions as a battery bank for emergencies. My only other additions are a bottle cage to hold my insulated stainless steel container and a mount for the DJI control when capturing follow-me shots. It’s truly that simple now.

You might be curious about my GPS. As mentioned earlier, I wear it in the form of Everysight Raptor glasses. These glasses provide a heads-up display with all the necessary data. Contrary to what some may think, it’s not distracting at all. It’s more like looking through the display, only focusing on the data when I want to see it.

The Rear Bag

The Supplies

The inspiration for the rear food storage came from Iohan Gueorguiev, an exceptional bike-packer whose adventures I had been following on his YouTube channel. It all began with his first series, “See The World,” where he embarked on a traditional cycle touring setup across the ice roads in Alaska. The pure adventure of it captivated me, and I left a comment noting that it was fatbike country. Over the years, I had the opportunity to chat with Iohan a few times, sharing my experiences of riding a fatbike since 2007, and he expressed curiosity about my packraft setup. Eventually, he switched to a fatbike adventure rig himself and added a packraft to his expedition, which was better suited for his remote adventures.

One particular episode stood out to me, where Iohan was in South America, planning an incredible 26-day journey through the wilderness on his fat-bike, without any resupply points. The more I watched his expedition, the more I realized that those were the bikepacking adventures I craved – remote locations where one could truly be alone. In that episode, he went shopping for food supplies and spread out 28 days’ worth of provisions on the table. Naturally, I wondered how he would manage to carry all that food.

Iohan used a rear rack and an old backpack to hold all his supplies for the 28 days. However, there were a few drawbacks to this setup. The backpack could only be accessed from the top, like most backpacks, which meant that to find specific food items, he had to remove the entire bag and sort through everything. Additionally, the bag was not waterproof, so he had to use a cover to protect it. As I observed his solution for carrying food, I began researching ways to improve the setup to better suit my own needs.

I soon realized the advantages of this setup. On bike and hike portions of the route, I could easily remove the bag and use it as a backpack, reducing the weight on the bike, especially on steep trails where pushing the bike uphill was necessary.

Through my research, I stumbled upon a fortuitous discovery—an olive green, RGD weatherproof duffel bag that perfectly matched my merit gear frame bag. I initially clicked on the link simply because the bag looked appealing, but as I delved deeper into its features, I realized it was not just good; it was absolutely perfect for my setup. This Duffey-style bag, with a generous capacity of 40 liters, offered convenient top access. What truly impressed me was the ability to access the food inside without needing to remove the bag from my bike. Furthermore, it effortlessly transformed into a backpack, proving invaluable for those combined hike and bike moments. Not only was it 100% waterproof, but it also boasted airtight and scent-proof properties, making it an ideal choice for bear country. Without hesitation, I knew I had to place an order. I’ve now been utilizing this exceptional bag for over 18 months, and as of June 2023, I can confidently say that it performs flawlessly in all conditions.

Water System

The Hydration

During my bikepacking adventures, water has always been a precious resource. However, I have encountered various challenges with my previous water carrying system. After extensive research and experimentation, I have successfully optimized my setup for maximum convenience and hydration. Let me share with you the improvements I’ve made to my water system.

In the past, I relied on a two-liter CamelBak bladder in my frame bag, with a hose and mouthpiece connected to the handlebar using magnet clips. I also used a mini Sawyer filter for water purification. Unfortunately, this setup proved to be less than ideal. Transferring filtered water to the bladder was a hassle, and attempting to filter water on the go resulted in frustratingly slow water flow. Additionally, I carried two CamelBak 24 oz bicycle water bottles in my stem bag, hoping they would keep the water cooler for longer, but the difference was negligible. Refilling multiple times a day, including water for cooking, became a routine.

However, during a recent bikepacking trip in Australia, I faced an unexpected challenge. I found myself consuming an astonishing six liters of water by 2 pm, even surpassing my water intake in hotter climates like Vietnam. After some reflection, I discovered that warm water failed to quench my thirst adequately. This realization prompted me to overhaul my water system entirely.

After careful consideration, I transitioned to a 3-liter BeFree gravity feed bag system. The BeFree system integrates the filter directly into the bag, and the hose still runs to the handlebar for easy access. Now, I can stop, unclip the hose, fill the bag directly from a stream, and enjoy on-the-go drinking. The water flow is faster I mean really fast. To enhance my preparedness, I also added a small BeFree 1-liter bag to my frame bag, serving as an emergency backup or for cooking purposes. Furthermore, I insulated the frame bag to maintain cooler water temperatures during scorching days and prevent freezing in colder conditions. With these modifications, I can now carry a total of 4 liters of water in my frame bag alone.

Not stopping there, I reimagined the water containers on my handlebars. I replaced the CamelBak insulted water bottles with an insulated coffee cup made of stainless steel. This upgrade offers superior functionality and satisfaction while allowing me to enjoy coffee hot or cold , energy drinks, or any other beverage of my choice during my rides. Additionally, I attached two stainless steel 64 oz bottles to the rear of my bike, proving particularly useful during dry routes. Their durability and reduced risk of damage or water loss make them a reliable choice compared to plastic or thin bladder hydration systems. If I come across a gas station, I take advantage by purchasing a large bag of ice and a few liters of water to fill these bottles and bags. This strategy guarantees cold water availability for a couple of days. Moreover, the large insulated bottle doubles as a convenient storage solution for perishable items like chicken, extending their shelf life by an additional two days in ice.

Finally, when stopping to fill up water at a graveyard or any other water source, I have a useful tip to maximize water intake. Drink until you are fully hydrated before filling all your bottles. Then, indulge in a final round of drinking from the water tap before continuing your journey. Our bodies possess remarkable water retention capabilities.

With these optimized changes to my water carrying system, I can now embark on bike tours with confidence, staying properly hydrated and refreshed throughout my adventures. To streamline the process further, I’ve eliminated the need for additional gadgets like a light pen, as it would only add to the number of things requiring charging. Instead,

"First Aid Kit

Stay Safe

For years, I relied solely on my self-assembled DIY first aid kit, carefully placed inside one of my Bikepacking bags. I was convinced that my extensive knowledge and experience warranted a well-prepared first aid kit. It all began at the age of 12 when I took my first aid class while participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Since then, I’ve diligently attended first aid courses every two years, from my time in the British Army training for battle injuries to working with foster kids in the United States and working in the dive industry in Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Maldives. First aid training has been a part of my life.

During one of my Bikepacking adventures on a long and mundane 150-mile road, my mind wandered towards improving my gear list, as it always does. I found myself replaying various scenarios in my head: what would happen if I got injured and needed immediate access to my first aid kit? Seconds count when bleeding, and I didn’t want to spend five minutes rummaging through my bag to find it. In particular, I pondered the potential consequences of being struck by a car in the middle of nowhere, considering the reckless drivers I often encountered, especially in Australia. They would drive by, shouting things like “get off the road” or “get a car, you cheap bastard .” My friends know i v never Although politically correct, I usually replied by stating that my bike cost more than their piece of junk or simply giving them the middle finger and telling them to go Fuck themselves.

In the event of remote accident , even if the driver knew first aid, they wouldn’t find my concealed kit on my bike. This led me to the decision of keeping my first aid kit visible and easily accessible on future Bikepacking expeditions.

As I searched for a bright red waterproof first aid bag, I stumbled upon Surviveware Company and their First Aid Waterproof Bag. Examining its contents, I was astounded by the thoughtfulness and comprehensiveness of their design, surpassing my DIY kit by 50%. Not only that, but their compact bags were ideal for my adventures. I now keep it on top of my food bag for easy visibility.


The Apparel

As part of my Bikepacking gear list, I believe it’s important to showcase what I wear while Bikepacking.

When it comes to Bikepacking apparel, I’ll be honest—I’ve never been much of a clothes enthusiast. My wardrobe mainly consists of beach shorts, black T-shirts, jeans, a suit for special occasions, and flip-flops. So, when it came to riding gear, I didn’t pay much attention.

However, my perspective changed during my first Bikepacking trip across Vietnam in 2012. After three days and 289 km of riding under the scorching sun wearing just a T-shirt, I learned the hard way about the importance of proper riding apparel. My arms suffered severe sunburn, and I had to find a hotel to recover. The cost of after-sun products is quite high, and you know why? Because they know people will pay anything to relieve the pain. In truth, using yogurt was a remedy taught to me by an old Greek woman.

Using non-cycling clothes for touring presented numerous issues. My beach shorts caused uncomfortable rubbing against my stomach, leaving it red and raw during rides. The cotton T-shirt led to nipple chafing and emitted an unpleasant odor from the sweat, regardless of how many times I changed it. Even my ankle socks turned black and smelled bad. On top of that, my boots would get soaked in the rain, leaving my feet reminiscent of trench foot from World War 1.

It took me some time to find the right apparel, and I wasted some money as usual, but my current riding gear works perfectly.

For headwear, I usually go for a jungle hat in most countries as it provides excellent sun protection. However, in a country like Australia with helmet laws, I wear a lightweight HJC helmet with a shade attachment from Da Brim to shield myself from sunburn.

My sunglasses serve a dual purpose as they also function as a GPS heads-up display, known as the Everysight Rapture. This versatile piece of technology offers various features like a camera and music playback. To protect my neck, I use a buff, which conveniently doubles as a water filter when the water quality is questionable.

When it comes to clothing, I’ve found that MTB shirts from Club Ride perform admirably in both warm and cold weather. They offer comfort and quick drying. As for shorts, I prefer affordable MTB shorts from Amazon that cost around $30; they have served me well, proving that price doesn’t always dictate quality. I also opt for odor-resistant ioMerino wool socks. As for footwear, I learned the hard way after experiencing disappointment with expensive GORE-TEX boots, which fell apart after a river crossing and never received any response from customer support. I hate Merrell, especially since I had recommended their boots to my partner and a friend, and both Merrell boots fell apart after just 3 months. Fed up, I decided to stick with cheap hiking boots, replacing them every six months. However, I stumbled upon a bikepacking gear list where a couple shared their experience of using only one pair of Shimano MX9 boots for their three-year world tour without any issues. Impressed by their comment, I purchased the same boots without further research, and it turns out many of my friends had been using them for years without mentioning it to me. Guess I should choose my friends more wisely!

In terms of additional riding apparel, as mentioned earlier, I store them in my Climate popcorn bag, which provides coverage for wind, light rain, sun, chills, and pollution.

The main thing for me with apparel is that I don’t want to look like a typical cyclist, and I’ve worn these clothes in bars and restaurants, on dates, maintaining a casual look. Even the Shimano MX9

boots, which are clipless, resemble casual hiking boots. And just to clarify, no, I don’t use clipless pedals. I did try them once, but I ended up looking like that imposter of a president Joe Biden.

Just one thing I nearly forgot to mention is that a few years ago, I purchased a vest with a CamelBak-style hydration system. It holds 1.5 liters of water. I prefer not to ride with any type of backpack as it tends to hurt my neck and back and gets sweaty. However, this particular vest is very lightweight, especially since I never fill it with water, and I mainly use it to carry small personal items like my passport and some backup credit cards. The main reason I started wearing it was for the pockets it has. Even though my shirt and MTB shorts have pockets, I don’t like having anything in them while riding. The primary purpose of the vest is to carry my inReach Mini 2. I know it’s easy to attach it to the bike like 99% of Bikepackers do, but consider this: if you were involved in a crash on a trail where the bike bounces over the side of a steep cliff, your only means of rescue would be on the bike. It’s better to keep it on you at all times.


The Apparel

When facing winter riding conditions, the choice of apparel depends on the severity of the weather. For instance, in extremely cold conditions with dry snowfall, I have learned from experienced riders. The Iditarod Trail Invitational, renowned as the world’s longest winter ultramarathon by fat bike, foot, and ski, challenges participants along the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik to Nome, Alaska. It is considered one of the most demanding experiences on Earth.

To protect my head, I wear a balaclava along with a down hat. For eye coverage, I use ski goggles or the Everysight Raptor, which provides extensive eye protection. To keep my neck warm, I wear a buff made of merino wool.

For the body, I opt for a merino wool base layer combined with an io merino long sleeve top.

As for my hands, I prefer wearing Heat 3 gloves, which have proven to be excellent. While handlebar pugs were a consideration, I realized that I still needed gloves when I got off the bike, and the pugs were bulky, making them less suitable for my world touring needs.

To keep track of temperatures, I rely on the Suunto Core Brushed Steel Watch strapped to my wrist. However, I discovered a design flaw: the stainless steel version, which looks sleek, tends to stick to the skin and becomes painful in extremely cold conditions. It’s quite astonishing that this watch is marketed to mountaineers despite this issue. In order to mitigate the problem, I have added a fleece backing to the watch.

For my legs, I choose io merino wool compression wear leggings. Generally, I don’t wear padded shorts due to the comfortable infinity bike seat, but in extreme cold, I wear them solely for added insulation. On top of these layers, I wear long quick-drying hiking pants.

Regarding my feet, although I would prefer the WÖLVHAMMER BOA BOOs from 45nrth, they are not practical for a world bikepacking tour due to their bulkiness. Instead, I rely on my all-season Shimano XM9 Mountain Bike boots. I wear a thin pair of merino wool socks, followed by waterproof socks from Showerpass as a vapor barrier. On top of those, I wear thick, long-legged merino wool socks and use gaiters for extra protection against slush on the roads.

In extremely harsh blizzard conditions, when I find myself mostly pushing the bike rather than riding and generating less body heat, I enhance my clothing layers with a down jacket and down pants, both made by Montbell. Despite the down jacket’s lightweight of only 4.5 oz, it boasts 1000 power fill down, ensuring exceptional warmth. I have never experienced coldness wearing it. Additionally, I wear a waterproof outer shell, specifically the Refuge Jacket and Refuge Pants by Showerpass. These garments I have retreated with chemicals to enhance their waterproof capabilities. It is important to note that Showerpass has shifted to using eco-friendly materials, resulting in a decrease in the gear’s waterproofing performance compared to before. Therefore, I take extra precautions to ensure adequate protection. 

Weather Station

The Sunnto Core

I focus on time spent riding rather than miles per day. It’s a simple approach for me. As the sun begins to set, I start searching for a suitable campsite. The timing varies depending on the country. In Asia, it could be around 6 pm, while in Australia during summer, it might be closer to 9 pm. To keep track of time, I wear a Suunto Core Brushed Steel watch, which offers more than just timekeeping. Originally, I got it for its temperature display, but it has several other impressive features:

– Altimeter- Barometer- Compass- Temperature display- Storm alarm- Sunrise/sunset data- Depth meter for snorkeling- Multiple watch functions, including date and time- User-replaceable battery

Although it has a variety of functions, I primarily use only a few of them consistently. The storm alarm is particularly useful to me. It provides a warning when a storm is approaching, usually giving me 10 to 15 minutes of advance notice. I absolutely love this feature! When it starts beeping, I quickly prepare by changing into rain gear or finding a safe spot to pull over. If it’s nearing the end of the day, I set up my tent. I’ve relied on this watch for about 7 years now, and it has consistently delivered accurate weather forecasts and storm warnings. The advertised battery life is one year, but since I use the storm feature continuously, I usually get around 7 months of usage. Thankfully, the battery is replaceable, and it only costs $2 to replace it myself.

Navigation System

The Everysight Raptor

My encounters with various GPS units have left me lacking in patience. The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, known for its refusal to update routes during rides, once led me astray into a dead-end grave yard. The Garmin, with its convoluted menus compared to my user-friendly phone app, proved to be a hassle. And the Bryton Sport Rider 450 freezing up, necessitating an agonizing 32-hour wait for the battery to die before rebooting, tested my endurance. It felt like luck was never on my side.

Fortunately, I stumbled upon a reliable alternative: my iPhone secured snugly in a Quadlock case, accompanied by the dependable Motion X app. With easily downloadable maps at my disposal, navigation became a breeze. However, checking my phone repeatedly in heavy rain proved to be a pain in the ass, especially when the touch screen seemed to have a mind of its own. I learned a costly lesson when I momentarily left it unattended, only to return and find it vanished. I hate fucking thief

During my rides, I relish wearing my prescription sunglasses, immersing myself in hard rock tunes, and capturing thrilling videos with my Action Cam. While my phone app took care of navigation, fate intervened when I stumbled across the Everysight Raptor head up display glasses in a Facebook cycling group. Initially assuming it was a mere concept, I was astonished to learn that the Raptor was indeed available for purchase. Without hesitation, I knew I wanted it just had to firgue out to hid the credit card statement from the girlfriend . Despite the price tag, it proved to be a badass, replacing multiple products and revolutionizing my performance navigation.

Beyond its sleek design and convenient heads-up display for navigation and ride metrics, the Everysight Raptor boasts additional remarkable features. While its camera may not be extraordinary, the ability to store 30 gigs of music and maps directly on the device stands out. Moreover, the map feature provides an enthralling 3D trail experience right before my eyes. Since 2018, I have relied on the Raptor during my rides, cherishing its user-friendly interface and voice control commands Thanks to its dedicated operating system, I no longer rely on my phone for connectivity.

The Everysight Raptor has become my go-to GPS navigation system for all my routes, although I must mention that it’s no longer being produced or sold. After five years, its battery life isn’t as stellar, but I still manage to get six hours of ride time while rocking out to my favorite tunes on hilly terrains. I usually charge it during lunch breaks to keep it going. Although I know I’ll have to replace it in a few years, it’s still functioning well. I’ve heard rumors that the company is in the process of designing a new model, but the launch date remains uncertain. If they do release a new version, I’ll definitely be among the first to purchase it.

As a reliable backup option, I purchased the Karoo 2 by Hammerhead GPS for my partner, and I must say, I was genuinely impressed by its exceptional performance. Setting it up was a breeze, and it worked flawlessly. The battery life exceeded my expectations, lasting for extended periods without needing a recharge. What’s even better is that the device receives regular updates every two weeks, showcasing the commitment of the company behind it. Interestingly, the company was acquired by SRAM, adding to its credibility and promising future developments. 

In fact, I was so impressed by the Karoo 2 that I couldn’t resist “stole” it from my girlfriend to keep it as a dependable backup in case my Everysight ever lets me down. Its reliability, user-friendly interface, and consistent updates make it a perfect contingency plan for my bikepacking adventures

Satellite Communication

Mini InReach 2

I rely on the Garmin inReach Mini for live tracking during my Bikepacking Expeditions, as well as for daily communication the better half’s using preset messages like “I’m okay, how’s Logan?” or “Setting up camp after a great day.” And of course, there’s the classic request for more funds from my girlfriend, which she says those messages never get through lol

Unlike most bikepackers who attach their inreach to the handlebars, I have chosen not to do so for a few reasons. Firstly, it allows me to make stops for resupplies without any hassle ie one less thing to take of the bike or one less thing i forget . Secondly, since I have to dismount from the bike at times, I prefer having the device attached to my Camelbak vest, which I wear constantly. Just imagine a situation where I come off a trail, the bike bouncing down a steep embankment, and I’m injured. In that scenario, I’d have to crawl towards the bike, hoping that the Garmin inReach Mini is still attached. To avoid such uncertainties, I prefer keeping it with me at all times.

For the inReach Mini, I use the flexible plan, a subscription service that I activate specifically during my tours. This allows me to broadcast my GPS location to the live tracking feature on the website, exclusively for my Patreon members. It’s a great way for us to meet up and enjoy a few beers if I happen to be in their part of the world.

Of course, the most important feature of the Garmin inReach Mini is its SOS function. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use it, but it provides peace of mind knowing that it’s there, just in case.

As I write this, I can’t help but wonder if I need to bear the cost of rescue services or if it’s covered by my subscription. I suppose I need to research and find out. If it’s not covered, I’ll have to explore options for some form of insurance. It’s interesting to note that I’ve been traveling the world for 32 years without insurance and have been fortunate enough to avoid any major incidents so far. Nonetheless, the last thing I want is to find myself burdened with a staggering $200,000 helicopter bill for an unexpected aerial extraction from a remote location.

The Beast

Expedition Bikepacking Hybrid Setup

I want to express my gratitude to all of you for taking the time to review my Bikepacking gear list and delve into the madness behind my packing methods and, most importantly, why I utilize this gear in such a way.

If you’re interested in obtaining the complete PDF bikepacking gear list for free, simply click the download button. To prevent excessive spam, I have removed the comment section from the original post. However, you can easily reach out to me through my Facebook messages page, and I’ll gladly answer any questions you may have.

If you’ve made it this far, I sincerely hope that you’ve gained valuable insights into my unique approach to setting up a bikepacking rig. For those who can resupply every five days, I recommend eliminating the rear rigid 40-liter bag and opting for a seat post bag instead. This alternative can comfortably accommodate seven days’ worth of food and a cook set.

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Best Advice I Can Give

The Seat

One of the most valuable pieces of advice I can offer is regarding your seat. It’s crucial to keep in mind that you’ll be spending long stretches in the saddle, potentially up to 12 hours between sunrise and sunset, or even longer if you enjoy night riding. That’s why investing in a high-quality seat is absolutely worth it; you won’t regret it.

I’ve seen it happen time and time again—people with expensive bikes and top-of-the-line Bikepacking gear, only to have their entire trip marred by pain and discomfort. They end up having to take frequent breaks just to find some relief.

Personally, I cannot recommend the Infinity Seat enough. Looking back, it should have been the first upgrade I made to my bike years ago. Unfortunately, I hesitated due to the price. However, after postponing it for six months, I finally came to the realization that there’s no point in spending a fortune on gear and a bike if you’re going to be in pain after just a 40-mile ride. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a discount code that saved me some money, and it’s still valid today.


Let me share my experience with you: On the first day, after making a few adjustments, it was pure comfort without any need for breaking in. By the second day, I stopped using padded shorts altogether, and by the third day, I bid farewell to chaff cream. Even during long days in the saddle, which would have normally caused pain or redness, I experienced none of that—just the use of talc powder for added comfort.

Ensure that you acquire a top-notch seat for yourself and take advantage of the discount code “bikepack” during checkout at By doing so, you can leave behind the padded shorts and chaff cream, freeing up valuable space on your bike for more essential items such as food and water. Instead, consider bringing talc powder to enhance your comfort during the ride.

The Bikepacking Gear List PDF

The Download

I have created a comprehensive PDF document that serves as a checklist for my bikepacking gear. This document not only highlights the bags I use for packing but also includes links to where I purchased each piece of gear. Every item on the list has been thoroughly tested over the course of several years, and I can confidently vouch for their durability. The gear listed represents the select few that have stood the test of time and continue to be in use today. If you’re looking to make a purchase, you can rest assured knowing that you can buy with confidence. While there are some affiliate links, predominantly from Amazon, I have also provided direct links to the respective companies. 


If you have any questions about other gear, feel free to reach out to me. As a self-professed gear junkie, I’ve likely owned and used a wide range of items in the past, even if they didn’t make it onto this in-depth bikepacking gear list. I’ll gladly explain why certain items didn’t make the cut.