Just like some of you who are riding our Bikepacker, i (Tom) am also new to bikepacking. So i was a little bit nervous about the full recon ride of the Bikepacker course. And of course "full recon" means that we had to strap all the gear to our bikes. In this article you can find what i took with me, where it was stored, if i missed something or took too much. Sorry, no info about the course (that's still a secret :-) ).
For the record: because i don't have a small/light bikepacking tent yet, i decided to pack as if i was renting a tent at the camping (in reality our chief course design brought a tent to the camping).
So what did i take with me and where did i put it? Because i am a relatively small guy (1m72), my frame size is not big enough to fit a frame bag. And even if i could fit one, i would probably hit it with my knees all the time.
But i did have the following places to store items:
foldable cup, inner tube, short sleeve baselayer, sleeveless baselayer, short sleeve merino baselayer, cycling cap, tube with cable ties and duct tape
* the front bag:
from left to right and top to bottom:
sleeping quilt, long sleeve merino baselayer, shorts, t-shirt, buff
shower gel, toothbrush, emergency blanket, toothpaste, tek towel, pillow, underpants, cap
The stuff that would get wet during the day or that was still wet in the morning (towel....): i would put all together in the towel bag and strap it to the top of the front bag. If the weather was sunny enough it could then dry during the day.
Because the front bag was more difficult to access when mounted on the bike, this bag had all the things i would only need at the camping. I did put the sleeping pad in the saddle bag because there was not enough space in the front bag.