WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

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Jerry
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WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Jerry » Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:27 pm

Hi fellas. I'm pretty new to bikepacking and all I have is my bike and legs. I got to know the bike a bit and now I'm looking into the gear. I have nothing right now so any advice or good offers are very welcome at this point.
Thanks for any help, appreciated.

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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by K1100T » Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:54 pm

Buy the lightest and least bulky kit you can afford, i.e. tent / tarp, sleeping bag / quilt and mat.
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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Lazarus » Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:35 pm

Everyone pretty much agrees trying to reduce weght and bulk is a good idea - we just dont agree on how or where
ALso worth noting gear is personal - what works for you wont necessarily work for me
Some like Bivvies some dont
Some want comfort some want surviability
Bare minimum
Sheleter of some description -Bivvy bag at he minimalist end tent at the other end -Please note you can get lighter tents than some bivvies so dont just assume a bivvy will be lighter
Warmth of some description for said shelter - Bag / Quilt/ Insulated trousers and an insulated jacket
Air bed / pad - Not everyone takes them pay attention to r value [ warmth]as some are warm summer nights only use- there is a bargain one that always get recommended but I forget the name
Cooking -some dont bother but lightest is a meths stove - see this site for examples of stu offerings Gas is heavier
Everyone - I assume- uses a titanium pot of some sort to cook with -China based shops are pretty cheap for this
Tools and first aid kit
Bags on bike- Most will use bikepacking type - front bag, Saddle bag frame bag, top tube bags water ones etc -there appear to be some pretty cheap entry level stuff on ebay others and also Planet X/on one types
A rucksack is a cheaper way to give it a try assuming you have one

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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Jerry » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:06 am

Thanks man. I've been looking into bikepacking for past few weeks and it's like you say. I want to start off with bike bags and a tent. Seat bag, frame bag and handle bar bag could cost me upto 200£ for some good ones which could be steep for a begginer. But the tent... I was looking for advices about tents and if I want some tent that lasts I will pay more money for it than this bike.
You guys are experienced so If you could specifically recommend me certain gear it would be vaguely exciting. I've been hoping for someone with similiar bike to recommend what gear they used. I'm looking for long lasting gear as I plan to go seriously into bikepacking. I understand it will cost a lot.
I would like some sort of a tent that I could put my bike in it too. I don't want to leave it outside

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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by K1100T » Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:33 am

If you want to start cheap, the look at the Planet X PODSAC bags. Cheap and cheerful, but will do while you get started. Note that you can buy the same stuff direct from China, without the PODSAC logos etc.

If you'd rather spend your money wisely, and buy something made in the UK, then look at AlpKit, Restrap, Straight Cut and Wildcat, to name a few, as there are others. Use the forum search functionality, it maybe clunky and require lots of paging, but all the info you need has been posted at some point.

Alternatively you can get spendy and go for one of the big names, like Apidura, or Revelate. Again there are others, and if you're prepared to wait, then stuff comes up for sale on here quite frequently, so you can sometimes pick up a bargain.

As for tents, I was going to recommend the SMD Lunar Solo, which seems like the most recommended single person tent on here. It's on my wish list and will be my next big purchase, but you wont get your bike in it with you though. If you're worried about someone nicking it while you sleep, then buy an OTTOLOCK HEXBAND Cinch, or a Hiplok Z Lok, or similar.

Edit: There is also the Acepac stuff, sold by Stu, in the Bearbones shop. This might be worth a read, if you haven't - https://bikepacking.com/plan/guide-to-bikepacking-bags/ as it contains a list of bag manufacturers at the bottom.
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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Jerry » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:19 am

I owe you a beer. Thanks for the advice. I have Abus foldable lock with alarm on it but I'm still afraid of someone nicking the bike. I will go for something that last rather than cheap low QL stuff. I used to camp for over a decade when I was younger so I'm not new to camping in general it's just bikepacking. I reckon it will cost around 2k and I don't really want to waste my money as I'm going serious about it. Especially now during Covid traveling is getting more and more annoying.
I read somewhere that average weight for enjoyable bikepacking is about 40 pounds or less. That means the tent should be around 4ish pounds. Those I I would like are about twice as much so not so sure and not all the tents last for long.
Thanks again for amazing advice you guys are giving. Keep it coming.
If someone is selling good gear that fits my bike I'm open to offers

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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Jerry » Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:26 pm

https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15895447/v ... t-15895447
What about this one? I can hide the bike ans stuff inside the porch or possibly have a cover for cooking. The issue here is the weight. It's 4kg 8.8 pounds I think. However everything would be covered incase rain or something.
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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Landslide » Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:07 am

Why do you want the bike in the tent? To protect it from rain, security, both, something else?

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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Jerry » Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:46 pm

All of it. Protection from elements and it makes me calm to know the bike is right there.

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Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:03 pm

Your choice and entirely a HYOH but bikes are usually fine left out during your average trip, they don't need to be stored under-cover. I'm possibly too blase about it but assume the likelihood of someone being around to steal my bike wherever I'm setting up seems pretty unlikely, so any substantial security seems unnecessary. Most I've done is a zip tie and tying it to something else that would wake me e.g. the shelter. Plus, if it's integral to the shelter (used as a support or guying point) it all makes it likely any tampering will wake you. Plus+plus, the first night or two of any trip is usually when I sleep quite lightly, so more likely to wake up if anything goes on (how much use that would be I don't know :wink:)

I say all this as I think a lot of people travelling with their own shelters (whatever configuration / bits it comprises) aim to be around the 1 to 1.5kg mark. The sort of weight you're talking about (4kg) is going to be a literal burden, if not immediately but in the near future as you do more.

But, HYOH :cool:

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