Monday, April 09, 2012

Bike packing with Heath

We rode in an area north east of Detroit Lakes MN here is a link to a map of the area.   This was one of the best trips I have taken and hope to go back soon with others.  

We didn't ride far or fast but the weather was perfectly cool with great sunlight.  The Pugsley with my new gear set up really seemed to be in its element.   

We heard an ATV in the evening but otherwise we were free of all other people for the trip.  

I used two industrial strength bungees and nothing more for my tent.  So simple yet it worked perfectly.  On fast rough descents the bike and gear seemed to disappear underneath me as I floated down the trail.  

I don't like pic's of me any more than anyone else but I think this one shows my gear set up well.  Tent on the front, sleeping pad and bag in the back, cooking, clothes and tools in the frame bag, snacks and phone in the gas tank bag.  I really started to understand why the Tour Divide riders use this bag set up.  It did great with bumps while going fast and it handled bushwhacking and brush from the trail well since it is less wide than me.   My new Husker Du tires were a joy.  Rolled fast, gripped well and softened the rough stuff with all that fat bike float.