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What are the advantages of a trekking bike versus a touring bike?

I have been travelling on a trekking bike for some time now. When I bought it back in 2020, the salesman said that trekking bikes are the better touring bikes. Now a friend wants to buy a bike for ...
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How do I plan the cycle routes so that I avoid major roads?

I'm going on a 1400 km cycle tour this summer and I'm wondering how to plan a cycle tour without taking major roads. When I enter the routes on Komoot, for example, I am guided along major roads (...
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How do I calculate how many days I need for a bike tour?

I'm currently planning roughly the stages of a 1400 km long bike tour in order to book trains to the starting point and away from the destination. I have planned 24 days (including rest days) for the ...
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When bikepacking solo, how to handle luggage when shopping?

I'm planning my first solo cycling trip this summer. While it's not my first cycling trip (I've already done 4 big ones over 1000 km), it's the first tour I'm planning to do alone. One thing concerns ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

Planning a bike packing with a friend immediately after finals, meaning we have no time to train. Will be cycling for around a month through Europe, on road bikes. I ride a lot but my friend hasn’t ...
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Seeking Advice for Upgrading 2020 Surly Krampus Groupset

I’m looking to gear up for some bikepacking with my Surly Krampus (2020 model) for early next year. I’ll mostly be doing gravel/dirt, Forest Service Roads, fire roads, singletrack, and the occasional ...
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different front and rear tires for bike packing

I plan to do a 1000 km bike packing/touring around West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The route consist of 70% tarmac (transition between towns through jungle mountain pass) and 30% gravel (Smooth,chunky ...
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Bike touring: looking for climb per day boundaries

I am planning a trip to the balkans through the mountains. The total distance I want to travel is not a lot, but there is a lot of climbing and I am trying to get a better grasp on the limits the ...
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Risk for road bike to gravel bike conversion

I'm considering changing the wheels on my specialised road bike, from road tyres to gravel tyres. This is to facilitate some light bike-packing in the summer months. My main concern is that the road ...
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Will a rack fit on these rear-facing eyelets?

I have a gravel bike, a Nukeproof Digger, and I'd like to fit a lightweight pannier rack to it. It comes with 2 rear facing eyelets on the seatstays. Pannier racks seem to mount using eyelets on the ...
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Mount Blackburn Cargo Cage on Rockshox front suspension fork

Im trying to find a way to attach one Blackburn Outpost Cargo cage to each side of my rockshox front suspension. Are there any good way to mount them? Thanks!
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Is it possible to switch from 20" wheels to 24" wheels on the same frame?

I'm trying to figure out the feasibility of a 20" mini-velo for city use, which can then be converted to 24" MTB wheels for rougher terrain. Assuming the wheels clear the fork and frame, ...
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Salsa fargo sizing

I am looking for a new salsa Fargo, mainly as a bikepacking tool and also light gravel racing. My problem is with the stand over, I have very short inseam(67cm) and long torso and hands for my height (...
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Protection against saddlebag straps

How can I protect my bike against abrasion and scratches from bikepacking saddlebag straps? It is mostly for a full frame bag, like the Apidura one.
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Bikepacking With A Carbon Bike

I'm looking at doing a decently long bikepacking trip mostly on road. I currently have a carbon framed orbea avant endurance bike. I'd like to do the ride without necessarily buying a new bikepacking ...
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9-Speed Ultegra (6500) with Mountainbike Derailleur

I want to go bikepacking with my old road bike. The road bike has a standard crankset (53/39, double not triple), and an 11-28 cassette. The groupset is Shimano Ultegra 6500. Because I want to do some ...
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What are velcro alternatives for frame mounted bag?

I don't like velcro straps on my bike. They are constantly shifting and rubbing against it. They catch dirt. They cover frame stickers ;) A few days ago I've seen a frame bag that appeared to be ...
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Bickepacking saddle bag touches rear wheel on mountain bike

I am planning a 2 weeks trip following a mountain bike itinerary consisting of 650 km including single trails and 25'000 m of positive (and negative) elevation. I planned to go with my full suspension ...
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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?

I’m planning a multi-day gravel ride with a few friends. We would have to sleep in public campgrounds, which are also full of people because of the camping season. What is the best way to secure our ...
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Bottle Cage Mount on Carbon Bike

I have fitted a frame bag to my carbon bike frame so I have lost my water bottle mounts. As it's carbon frame I'm aware that you can't mount clamps on the carbon like you would for steel. However, I ...
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Why is the Selle Anatomica X1 saddle rated for longer rides than the X2?

The X-series Touring bike saddles from Selle Anatomica are arguably the most comfortable bikepacking saddles in the world. The main difference between the two is the frame, one is a chromoly frame and ...
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Riding Loveland Pass, Colorado

I'll soon be attempting Loveland Pass west of Denver unsupported and would like to hear of any experiences and/or recommendations from others who have done it or another high mountain pass in the ...
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140mm rear rotor for bike packing

Currently my bike has cable actuated disc brakes, which I will upgrade to Ultegra 8070 callipers and RT-800 Ice Tech rotors. I use the bike for road, some gravel and bike packing. The current rotors ...
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Should I cover my bicycle overnight while bikepacking?

I'm wondering if all the moisture from being out overnight will damage my bicycle. I'm thinking 30+ days of being in use, with maybe a couple of those days being light rain. If the water will damage ...
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Full suspension bikepacking. can it be done?

Some godforsaken piece of human waste stole my bike yesterday. Straight from my front garden. Now my two kids are scared the same people might return. Honestly, this kind of crime rates up there with ...
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touring weight distribution

I have a cross bike with two back ortliebs, a 6 liter top tube bag https://www.rei.com/product/877045/revelate-designs-tangle-bike-frame-bag-large Frame bag (the long one below toptube) and a ...
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What would be the best bike frame to build a gravel bike? [closed]

This handsome devil road bike is what im kinda looking for but i want some suggestions of what is the next best thing to start with, any ideas? I was looking for a good bike or bike frame that ...
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What are the reasons for using a cradle with a handlebar mounted drybag?

I am talking about things like the cradles that Salsa and Revelate make. The most obvious reason seems to be to keep the drybag away from cable and cable housings. However, on my particular bicycle, I ...
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optimal trail/monster-cross tyre width solution for 19mm rims on rigid bike

background I have a rigid 'adventure cross'/gravel road bike (Genesis Croix de Fer) though i run it with velo orange 'crazy bars' which have a bullhorn and a wide swept back position. it has 19mm (...
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Bikepacking on a New Rockhopper

So my bike just got stolen a week ago. A little Fixie Thruster that I put a lot of miles on commuting, and joyriding. I went as far a 250mi weekend trip on it. My gear was just kind of lashed on with ...
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What are the advantages of bikepacking bags?

It seems that bikepacking bags are all the rage these days (frame bags, handlebar rolls, big saddle packs). To me it seems that they are prone to moving around and getting in the way, and it also ...
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Best type of tire for bikepacking

I am going to build a bikepacking bike and was thinking about what type of tires to use, tubulars, clinchers, or tubeless. I own a road bike with clinchers and a cross bike with tubulars, but have ...
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Packing bikes to send overseas

I just bought two bikes in Australia and I'm wondering the best way to pack them and ship them to my country. They're sitting at a relatives house right now. I'll probably send by ship due to cost so ...
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Attaching frame pack — velcro straps or fastex sliders?

I am trying to build a frame pack similar to Apidura and came to a question — why do they use Fastex sliders only at the bottom of the bag and attach top of it (which receives most part of the load) ...
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Will strapping salsa anything cages on my suspension fork damage it?

Will strapping salsa anything cages on my suspension fork damage it? I'm considering bikepacking, and don't have a rigid fork on the bike I would like to use. I would likely be carrying something ...
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