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Aug. 31, 2021, 6:24 a.m. -  Vik Banerjee

Funnily I'm anti-backpack for my trail rides, but pro-backpack for bike camping trips. I tend to carry my food in the backpack. That way on shorter trips it's not that much weight and it gets lighter everyday. On longer trips where I am likely to resupply going into a store to stock up is easy when your food storage is on your back. When it comes to bear safety and stopping critters from getting at your food it's all in one spot for easily hanging or storage in a bear locker, etc... Most of my tours involve some significant hike a bike. Having some weight on your body makes moving over rough ground/fallen trees easier in my experience vs. all of the weight on the bike. At the end of a trip if I know I have a big decent coming up heading back to the trailhead/civilization I'll move some gear from the bike to the now empty-ish pack to make the bike handle better and allow me to have more fun on the way down. For the rest of it the only way to really fail at bikepacking is to not ever do it because you are waiting for the perfect setup. Use whatever you have. Set the route/distance goals modestly. You'll get better/more dialed each trip.

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