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#1
Hello everyone!

I'm new on the forum as I've just joined a few weeks ago, but I love the community and the discussions so far.

Though I realize I still haven't introduced myself.

In short, I've been cycling actively for well over a decade, both for travel and for fitness and recreation.

I got hooked on cycling back in 2016 when I did my first bike tour and cemented it with my longest 7,000 km bike tour through Europe in 2017.

Since then, I've been doing a mixture of road and gravel riding, as well as bikepacking on my Cube Nuroad gravel bike.

Looking forward to chatting with you all!

Also, here's a photo of my bikepacking setup from my recent trip:


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#2
That's a great set-up! How do you like the aero bars for gravel? I've been considering getting a set but I was also looking at the kitchen sink bars because they have so many hand positions. Do you feel stretched out? Or are they comfortable?
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#3
Thanks, Amanda!

I love the aero bars, especially on long straight stretches where there isn't much to see and I easily get bored.

They are also a lifesaver when there's headwind or when your palms start to go numb, and you want a bit of a change in the position.

I don't really feel stretched out, but I don't spend too much time in that position, a few miles at most at a time. But I guess it all depends on how your bike fits and how flexible you are.

To me they seem more comfortable than kitchen sink bars (even though you get fewer positions) because the pressure is distributed across your lower arm.
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#4
Welcome aboard, Dusan!
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#5
Thanks for sharing! Nice ride you have and great photo!
Take care,
Jesper

"I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles." NJS
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#6
Lovely setup, Dusan and welcome to the forum.

Do you have a list of things you pack when you bikepack? Or even a link to your cycling blog? For example, do you carry a tent or usually find shelters/hotels to crash?

I am preparing for my next long bikepacking trip here in India. Planning to start in late July/August to head towards the Northeast of India from South India on my fat bike. I usually have my tent on my handlebar but I see that your setup looks a lot more lighter..:-) So, was asking for tips.

The link below lists what I packed during my last long bikepacking trip. This time again, it might be similar but wanted to pick some pearls of wisdom from you..:-)


https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/mistergordo/what-am-i-riding-and-have-packed/


(05-29-2024, 06:05 AM)Dusan Wrote:  Hello everyone!

I'm new on the forum as I've just joined a few weeks ago, but I love the community and the discussions so far.

Though I realize I still haven't introduced myself.

In short, I've been cycling actively for well over a decade, both for travel and for fitness and recreation.

I got hooked on cycling back in 2016 when I did my first bike tour and cemented it with my longest 7,000 km bike tour through Europe in 2017.

Since then, I've been doing a mixture of road and gravel riding, as well as bikepacking on my Cube Nuroad gravel bike.

Looking forward to chatting with you all!

Also, here's a photo of my bikepacking setup from my recent trip:
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(06-01-2024, 05:51 AM)enkei Wrote:  Welcome aboard, Dusan!

Thanks, Enkei!

(06-03-2024, 01:07 AM)Jesper Wrote:  Thanks for sharing! Nice ride you have and great photo!

Thank you very much, Jesper!

(06-06-2024, 01:11 PM)GirishH Wrote:  Lovely setup, Dusan and welcome to the forum.

Do you have a list of things you pack when you bikepack? Or even a link to your cycling blog? For example, do you carry a tent or usually find shelters/hotels to crash?

I am preparing for my next long bikepacking trip here in India. Planning to start in late July/August to head towards the Northeast of India from South India on my fat bike. I usually have my tent on my handlebar but I see that your setup looks a lot more lighter..:-) So, was asking for tips.

The link below lists what I packed during my last long bikepacking trip. This time again, it might be similar but wanted to pick some pearls of wisdom from you..:-)


https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/mistergordo/what-am-i-riding-and-have-packed/


(05-29-2024, 06:05 AM)Dusan Wrote:  Hello everyone!

I'm new on the forum as I've just joined a few weeks ago, but I love the community and the discussions so far.

Though I realize I still haven't introduced myself.

In short, I've been cycling actively for well over a decade, both for travel and for fitness and recreation.

I got hooked on cycling back in 2016 when I did my first bike tour and cemented it with my longest 7,000 km bike tour through Europe in 2017.

Since then, I've been doing a mixture of road and gravel riding, as well as bikepacking on my Cube Nuroad gravel bike.

Looking forward to chatting with you all!

Also, here's a photo of my bikepacking setup from my recent trip:

Thanks!

I don't have a list written down anywhere, I've been bikepacking for a long time, so I kind of already know what's essential for me and what's better left at home.

But you can find lots of these lists online, including on this forum. Yours looks well-thought-out as well!

On this particular bike trip I wasn't camping, which is why my setup looks lightweight. Instead, I was sleeping in accommodations along the way.

When I camp, I usually strap my tent on the handlebars and the sleeping bag and mat go in the saddle bag.

Btw, how do you like your fat bike for bikepacking? Are you only using it for off-road riding or do you also ride on paved roads?
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@Dusan How long did it take to do your 7000Km tour? I assume you did some sightseeing and partook of the local culture in your travels making it a rather time consuming event while not riding. Since I am nearing full retirement I forsee myself touring again, as opposed to the quick one day local touring I am presently constrained to due to work requirements.
Take care,
Jesper

"I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles." NJS
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(06-08-2024, 11:52 AM)Jesper Wrote:  @Dusan How long did it take to do your 7000Km tour. I assume you did some sightseeing and partook of the local culture in your travels making it a rather tine consuming event while not riding. Since I am nearing fill retirement I forsee myself touring again, as opposed to the quick one day local touring I am presently constrained to due to work requirements.

@Jesper It took me a bit under 3 months to do the whole trip. Looking back, I think I rushed it a bit and didn't have enough time to immerse myself fully at certain points. I'd say you need at least double the time to really take it easy and soak everything up.

However, at the time, I was a bit younger and pretty constrained by budget and free time, so I rode around 100km a day and took some rest days for sightseeing in bigger cities.
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(06-10-2024, 04:38 AM)Dusan Wrote:  
(06-08-2024, 11:52 AM)Jesper Wrote:  @Dusan How long did it take to do your 7000Km tour. I assume you did some sightseeing and partook of the local culture in your travels making it a rather tine consuming event while not riding. Since I am nearing fill retirement I forsee myself touring again, as opposed to the quick one day local touring I am presently constrained to due to work requirements.

@Jesper It took me a bit under 3 months to do the whole trip. Looking back, I think I rushed it a bit and didn't have enough time to immerse myself fully at certain points. I'd say you need at least double the time to really take it easy and soak everything up.

However, at the time, I was a bit younger and pretty constrained by budget and free time, so I rode around 100km a day and took some rest days for sightseeing in bigger cities.

Thanks for the information. That's still putting on some distance per day for the amount of time you took to complete it. Compared to you I only did about 2200Km over 2 months. I took about 3 weeks of visitation break; but mainly due to needing to wait out winter storms. My long days were about 240Km with 9-10 hours in the saddle. I doubt I could do that anymore since it has been 40 years; one century (miles) ride per year is enough. Now I am happy to do 100 miles per week while still working 48 hrs. I had a medium sized backpack and small homemade rear rack that I tied clothes wrapped in a plastic bag; travelled fairly light compared to what I seen nowadays even for folks just doing an overnight tour.
Your bike looks pretty good for doing some distance without being heavily loaded. I think that is about as much as I would want. I would prefer the load to be lower if doing a lot of out of the saddle climbing since I know it takes up more energy to control a weight load that is higher up with the bike swinging side to side.
Take care,
Jesper

"I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles." NJS
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