Bikepacking What To Pack

Bikepacking What To Pack

By Dan Thompson>

Sharing his personal experience from the South Lakes 100, Dan Thompson takes us through his bikepacking kit for a two day 100 mile mountain bike ride.

The South Lakes 100 is a low key 100-mile course to complete in a bike packing style. Dan rode a Sonder Transmitter and decided to load it with Alpkit bikepacking bags and kit for a 2 day hit.

Over to Dan:

"This is meant as a guide to what I personally used, lots of other riders went lighter and many more carried more gear. I felt I got a good balance of maintaining a light bike, using the dropper post, keeping the front end light enough to still lift and manual through obstacles and comfort.

There were a few items I carried but didn't use but it was nice to have the extra security/comfort had the weather/conditions changed.

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Initially, this was the set up I selected, with a large fuel pod on the frame. I eventually ditched the fuel pod and the contents went into my rucksack instead...

After last-minute kit faffing and chatting to other riders on the morning of the event, the bike looked like this

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I'd elected to ride the Sonder Transmitter to see how it faired, I already knew it to be a very competent bike for trail centres and for shorter blasts in the Peak District and Yorkshire, how would it fare with long days, technical climbs and with the extra weight of luggage.


Kit List:

Sonder Transmitter GX1 with Yari and Reverb

Tyres: Front: WTB Bridger 3.0, Rear: WTB Trailblazer 2.8

Saddlebag: Enduro Pack Black

Top tube bag: Fuel Pod Medium

Stem Cells: 1 x Stem Cell and 1 x Stem Cell drybag (sample)

  • Haribo/M&Ms/sandwiches/anything else I could get
  • Camera
  • Hydration tabs
  • Spare batteries for cameras
  • Muon Head Torch

Handlebar Bag: Airlok Dual 20L and Fat Roo

Rucksack: Gourdon 20L

Bar mounted devices:

  • Garmin Edge 500
  • Go Pro Hero 3
  • Exposure Toro 7 light

Specialized Helmet, Oakley Jawbone glasses and Joystick 10 light

You can read the full Daring Deed here...

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