This is something completely different from my usual Bikepacking setups that I’ve done over the years. From Bikerafting setups to 4 season setups to Bikepacking race setups, etc. I wouldn’t even call it a Bikepacking setup, more of a cross between MTB day ride setup and off-road bicycle trailer setup.
This is an idea that I’ve been thinking about for years but wasn’t possible till lately as no one was making a fatbike trailer which I needed to make this setup work. The only options were to build a Fatbike trailer but I didn’t have the knowledge or the experience. So when Extra Wheel started making Fat bike trailers, I had to have one and specially after a good friend that does remote expeditions recommended them. He does desert expeditions where he has to carry 30 litres of water and food between supplies routes.
Everyone has certain ways they like to Bikepack. The guys that love to travel lots of miles a day or the ones who like to go more remote trails, not seeing anyone for weeks. Or the guys who just like to get out for the over nighter trip at the weekends and sleep in a bivi to people on world cycle tour.
What I have found I really enjoy is the ultra light exploration part and specially the camping. So this setup which I called Base Camp is a setup design for when I go remote places. I can set up a Base Camp for a few days or even weeks by just unlocking the trailer. And setting up camp and taking the Fatbike that is already setup up for day rides and set off to explore to trails around the area.
Many times I found an amazing campsite out of the blue and in the morning as I am packing my gear to leave not knowing where I sleep next as I ride off, I am thinking I should have stayed there rather than leave. Especially when there’re a lake and I got my pen fishing rod, wouldn’t it be amazing to fish that lake and make an open fire. Cook up the fish wrapped in tinfoil with garlic butter soaked in lemon. Instead, I leave and end up sleeping behind an old graveyard that night…
Base Camp Gear List setup is simple: When I get to a camp, I detach the trail and setup the camp then relax for the night. The morning I just grab my bike and go exploring around the areas. The bike will just have the basics on it, first aid kit, water tools, some snack or packed lunch. That way I can really mountain bike the trails. Then at the end of the day when I return to Base Camp everything is ready setup from the night before. If there are more trails to explore, I stay another few days more.
Instead of your typical Bikepacking gear list where people break it down into sections of gear category, for example their cooking gear or camera gear, sleep system clothes, etc. The problem with that Bikepacking gear list is that you wonder where the hell you are going to put it all. The way I pack is by Bikepacking bags. Each bag has a purpose; each bag is one category. That way it’s easy to find gear which also means that you don’t have to pull everything out to find some piece of gear. What I learned over the years is when I pack like this, sometime I don’t even touch 25% of my bags. I just take what I need throughout the adventure.
You should use this idea even on all Bikepacking setups, not just this one. I even break it down further: each bag has its own category: winter riding gear, etc. You have a winter bag that holds your extreme winter clothes for those hardest conditions with down hat, down Jacket, down trousers, wool socks, face mask, gloves etc…
Always pack in reverse order. Last thing you need goes in first. So, e.g. socks in first, next in the bag is down trousers, face mask, winter gloves, then down hat, then down jacket. That way you can easily get what you need. The chances are if it gets colder or cooling down after a day’s ride you reach for the down jacket. If temper drops lower, the chances are you need the down jacket, down hat and gloves. If it even drops more, you’ll be for sure adding the socks and trousers and outer shell. Do the same with your rain gear. Pack in order. If It’s light rain, I grab just the rain jacket first on the top. When heavy down pour I’ll be getting the trousers out from the bottom of the same rain gear bag.
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For my setup, the frame bag will always have a same thing in it as after years of testing. I found that the two heavies things I carry are water and tools and spare parts. These things I Can never change the weight of example a tent can go even go lighter than my water. So I put heaviest thing I carry in the frame, better for balance and handling on the trails, so good place to start.
“Tip buy shorts with built in belt you lose weight while touring over time it will save you from searching and buying while on the road,”
“Tip save fuel, I just boil water and put in cosy which continue cooks works great for pasta rice, etc” .
Keith Titanium Multifunctional Cooker.
Sea To Summit Nonstick Fry Pan.
Titanium Coffee Filter.
Toaks Titanium Cup 450mm
Toaks Titanium Fork / spoon / knife
Kieth Titanium Spork with Bottle Opener
Stainless Steel Mini Folding Spatula
Evernew TI Stove DX Set
Kieth Alloy Backpacking Wood Stove
Snow Peak Ozen Table
Fish net for cleaning found at market.
Tip: when stopping for lunch time to set up the big 60 Watt Solar panel as 11.am to 3.pm is a fast way to charge most of your gear, it’s like a wall socket”.
“Tip spice bag makes life better while on the road stock up at local market much cheaper than supermarket.”
Zpacks 4 Doors Cuben Tarp
Grandtrunk Namo Hammock
Guys lines Dutchware.
All in One System
“Tip I got the iPad Mini 4 to work with external SSD hard drive, tip “use only official Apple Camera adapter cheap copies won’t work.”
Tip head net just get it try fixing a puneture on the side of the road with a million fly around you.
“Tip people alway give you stuff like fruit snacks along the way. Easy access bag and great place to throw in your cold beer.”
“Tip Alot of people just use 2 on there handle bar but the stem bags you can easy fit 4 on your bike it great. for thing you need for fast access
“Tip I always charge into a battery bank rather than try to charge into Iphone because once shadow crosses you solar panel the phone goes in safe charging it reduces the amp 0.2
“Tip hard to find a brand like this if available get a few as they always running out of stock.. Took me 6 month to order 3 more to replace my Anker batteries.
“Tip always carry the heavest stuck in the frame bag water and tool and spare parts these thing we can never change the weight of”
“Tip no point having an expensive bike if you can’t ride more than 50km. Invest in a good seat like Infinity Bicycle seat use discount code Bikepack at checkout to see how much you save”.