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Bikepacking what to pack

By Dan Thompson
18, May, 2016

Dan recently completed the South Lakes 100, 100 miles of Lake District trails, 90% off-road, here's the kit he used.

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The South Lakes 100 was a low key affair, basically a 100 mile course was set and you could complete it however you wanted in a self sufficient, bike packing style.

Some elected to ride it in one go, some decide to take a couple of days.

You can read the full Daring Deed here...

 

I decided to ride the Sonder Transmitter and loaded it up with Alpkit luggage and kit for a 2 day hit. 

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Initially this was the set up I selected, the large fuel pod on the frame was eventually ditched and teh 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 klnew it to be a very competent bike for trail centres and for shorter blasts in the Peak District and Yorkshire, how would it fair with long days, technical climbs and with the extra weight of luggage.

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Kit List:

Sonder Transmitter GX1 with Yari and Reverb

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

 

Saddlebag: Kowari Black

2 x 27.5 x 3ins tubes

Lovemud Trailside 16

Lovemud Tyre levers x 3

Spare disc brake pads x 2 sets

Blip rear light

Toilet paper (in ziplock bag)

Spare gloves

 

Top tube bag: Fuel Pod Medium 

Arro Windtop

Opinel knife

iphone in waterproofbag

Draught excluder

Energy gels

Basic first aid

Money/cards

 

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

 

Bar Bag: Airlok Dual 20L and Fat Roo

Mountain Ghost sleeping bag

Lumo sleep mat

Hunka Bivi Bag

Rig 3.5 

Fredd 4 guylines

4 Apex pegs

OS map, compass

More food and snacks 

 

Rucksack: Gourdon 20L

Gravitas jacket

Laika long sleeve

Koulin Tee

Mytimug 650

Kraku and gas/lighter

Concertina

TiFoon

Prototype insulated jacket (the yellow thing).

Large volume pump

Shock pump

1.5L hydration system 

Food and coffee.

 

Bar mounted: 

Garmin Edge 500

Go Pro Hero 3

Exposure Toro 7 light 

 

Specialized Helmet, Oakley Jawbone glasses and Joystick 10 light

 

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 didnt use but it was nice to have teh extra security/comfort had the weather/conditions changed. 

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