This weekend I’m heading up to Carmel to join my friend Erik for a 3 day loop. This will be a proper shakedown of my bikepacking setup, hopefully. The plan is to ride south from Carmel on a route that Erik has laid out. 230 miles with somewhere around 20k of climbing. This will give you an idea.
I loaded up my bike and backpack last night and weighed everything. Not counting water, and a couple things I forgot, the bike weighed in a 38lbs. 38lbs is what my bike weighed for the Mt. Laguna Bicycle Classic, so that’s great! The backpack weighed in at 5lbs. I’ve got my sleeping bag in the backpack, but I may trade that out with something in the seatbag. I think I could go lighter still. Smaller first aid kit, less wipes, etc. Little things like that can add up to a pound really quick. That’s what this weekend is all about. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t.