Traveling by Bicycle Across America

Month: April 2018

Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage

Cargo cage

Since the Specialized AWOL has only one screw on the fork, I added a hose clamp with a piece of inner tube padding. The Sea to Summit 5 Liter Big River Dry Bag fits perfectly.

The cage is rated up to 4kg or nearly 9 pounds. I put about 2.5 pounds in each one.

Mounted Dry Bags

Mounted 5 Liter Dry Bag

The bag fits very well. It is carrying my cooking pot and some food.

Sea to Summit Dry Bag Disappointment

What’s wrong with this picture?

Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I opened this brand new Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag. The first one I opened a few weeks ago was fine. Without the matching clasp, it isn’t going to create a water tight seal at the top.

These bags ride on the Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cages on the fork. Mounted pictures soon.

How Much is Enough: Better Choices for My Packing List

Comparing sizes

On the Northern Tier I carried the big one on the left. At 10 ounces including the container, with far more sunscreen than I needed for a 74 day trip, it was too much.

Items like sunscreen can be replaced along the way. I hope the small “stick” works as well as the lotion. A weight savings of 9 ounces compared to my first bicycle tour is a great change to the total weight for my packing list for the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Weight Reduction: Do You Really Need That?

From my first bicycle tour

When I started on the Northern Tier in 2012, I had not cycled on a self-supported trip before. I did not have a stove. I used it to open cans of tuna fish. I am thankful for the wide availability of tuna in foil packets and many options not in a can. On my next tour I used the opener on my pocket knife. After that, I haven’t carried any cans. At 6.4 ounces, it was a heavy luxury for limited use.

My packing list is much more refined today, yet it still is not as light as I would like it to be. It still is not an ultra light packing list.

Specificalized AWOL Mounted for Travel

Mounted to travel

My bike is mounted for a trip to Natchez Trace Parkway.

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