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Touring Q?: Backpacks?(12 posts)

Touring Q?: Backpacks?timfire
Nov 18, 2002 1:06 PM
A couple of my friends are considering doing 5 or 6 weeks of touring this summer. (How I wish I could take the time off to go with them!) But here's my question: One of them in the past has done a bit of hiking, so his initial thought was besides pulling a wagon (he can't use panniers on his bike) he could wear a hiking backpack.

I think that would be a bad idea. Besides all the weight that would be on his arms, I think it would also adversely effect his unbalance on the bike.

What do you all think, anyone with experience with backpacks?

--Tim Kleinert
Have him check out a company that does both Bike & Hike equipment (link inside)Scot_Gore
Nov 18, 2002 1:21 PM
http://www.vaude.com/usmain.cfm

hope that helps

Scot
re: Touring Q?: Backpacks?Allez Rouge
Nov 18, 2002 1:29 PM
What do you all think, anyone with experience with backpacks?

I think you should be there to sell tickets when he tries to mount up and ride away. Ought to be quite humorous, to say the least.

Seriously ... the world is full of people who do things that are "Impossible, can't be done!" every day, but I just don't see this working. A five to six week tour means a substantial load if he's planning to camp and carry many tools or spares for the bike, and than translates to a pack that will be far too heavy and far too cumbersome to wear while riding a bike. A small daypack might work okay, but anything like a full-size backpack of, say, 5000 cu. in. will be designed to transfer the load to the wearer's hip bones and that can't happen in the position in which a cyclist rides. Further, he'll be VERY top-heavy and will present a huge sail area for crosswinds.

Not a workable plan, IMO.
re: Touring Q?: Backpacks?climbo
Nov 18, 2002 1:31 PM
For 5 or 6 weeks of touring it would be worth it for him to buy a Crosscheck or something similar for $400 and put panniers on it. I would never ride with a heavy backpack, it would hurt like hell after the first 5 minutes.
I've never found any comfortable for long rides or heavy loadsdzrider
Nov 18, 2002 1:43 PM
I'd go with panniers. I used to tow my sons around in a trailer and preferred it to a back pack. It certainly weighed more, but I didn't feel the weight on my back and shoulders. Curiously last night I saw a guy pulling a chopped down shopping cart full of stuff. It had a tongue clamped to his left chain stay. I jogged passed him as he spun up a very small hill so I expect it was pretty heavy.
re: Touring Q?: Backpacks?Alexx
Nov 18, 2002 1:47 PM
Since you are planning a very heavy-duty bike tour, you will absolutely need a TOURING BIKE. These things come with rack mounts!
re: Touring Q?: Backpacks?laffeaux
Nov 18, 2002 2:36 PM
I'd go with a pull behind trialer like those from Bob or Yakima.

I commute with a backpack several times a week. I have no problem with it (other than a sweaty back) as long as the weight stays low. If I carry my laptop, shoes, change of clothes, tools, etc., my lower back starts to feel sore after 12-15 miles. With just a change of clothes and tools I can ride all day.
He'll have a very sore ass...Lon Norder
Nov 18, 2002 2:47 PM
because his ass has to support the weight of the backpack in addition to his weight.
Make the bike carry the weightLC
Nov 18, 2002 4:00 PM
Lower center of gravity is more stable, and it is a hell of a lot more comfortable for the back, hands, and ass. Buy, borrow, or rent another bike if needed. Have him try a 25 mile ride with a loaded backpack if he needs more convincing.
Huge mistakeKerry
Nov 18, 2002 4:49 PM
The backpack will hurt like hell (been there, done that with a VERY small unit), will throw off balance, and will be very hot. The guy is pulling a trailer, which should give him more capacity than he needs. Why use a backpack other than to prove that he's a "real hiker" unlike those wimpy bikers?
I don't think he's pulling a trailerAllez Rouge
Nov 19, 2002 7:59 AM
I think what Tim was saying is that his friend can't use panniers, so his only remaining choices are either a trailer or a backpack.

I have been threatening to swing a leg over and go touring for years. In 2003, it just may happen. If it does, I plan to buy a BOB trailer.
Probably not a good idea.pmf1
Nov 19, 2002 7:17 AM
Having all the weight on your body so far above your center of gravity is asking for trouble.

If I were to do a 5-6 week trip, I'd invest in a BOB trailer. That should be sufficient for hauling all the gear you need. You shouldn't need a backpack in addition.