This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bike Packing 101.1

I decided to update one of my most popular posts Bike Packing 101 since I upgraded a few pieces of equipment.  Essentially it packs the same, except that the self-inflating pad I am using compacts very well and I no longer have the frumpy looking foam pad on top of  my saddlebag.
The big red bottle is a fuel bottle, I feel it's safer than in a bag. I normally carry a coffee press in the lower cage and a water bottle, but today I am just riding around taking pictures.  The much taller tent is, of course a huge improvement, only adds 8 oz and still fits in the one front pannier. 
The pole rides easily under the flap of the saddlebag. 
Inside you can see the pad and red fleece sleeping bag liner.  I think a 3 season tent stays warm enough to eliminate the need for a heavy sleeping bag. 
The pad, sleeping bag, hand axe and kitchen all fit in one front pannier together.
The axe is handy for collecting firewood to avoid buying and lugging it around on the bike.
Most woodsy areas have enough downed wood nearby to make a nice fire
with nothing more than the classic Estwing scout hatchet.  
I have changed the stove I carry when I travel alone, which is most of the time.
The kitchen spreads out this way, The cooking pot and pan nest to create a container.
Just to the right is the Trangia alcohol stove, behind is the Vargos wood stove, which is a backup in case I need fuel. Next from right to left is an 8 oz cup, two SOS pads and matches.  I keep the matches in a medicine or vitamin bottle to keep them dry, with a bit of the matchbox abrasive inside the lid.  
My son added some utensils when he borrowed my equipment last summer.  There is a web pocket in the front panniers and he used one for a selection of plastic cutlery.  A bit excessive in my opinion,
 but I try to deal with the extra weight.
There it is, not a big difference from the original, the biggest change is reducing to the alcohol stove since denatured alcohol can be easily found.  I will carry the two burner and larger pans when I have a companion.  But just as before, 3 days of clothing in the saddlebag with personal hygiene items,
don't forget a pocket knife, tool roll up and a good attitude.

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