How to carry stuff on the trails

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by jackthelad, 10 Apr 2010.

  1. jackthelad

    jackthelad Well-Known Member

    Hi guys was wondering what kind of bag people use to carry stuff on the trails cross country ,like binoculars,camera,jacket,flask and other bits and pieces.

    rear pannier
    handlebar bag
    ruck sack

    was just wondering, had a rucksack today carry the wife's stuff and my own and it was a pain,was wondering what other guys use to carry there stuff.

    any replies appreciated
  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Either a small rucksack

    or one of these:

    or one of these: with this

    It just depends on how much you want to take with you.
  3. Norm

    Norm Guest

    Rucksacks could be dangerous. If you have large, solid or heavy objects in there and you come off, your landing elegance might be compromised. ;) That said, I was out today wearing one but there was nothing heavy in it (mostly spare clothes) and it's designed for cycling (so is held a few inches off the back to allow air flow).

    When funds allow, I'll be getting a beam rack, like the first dozen or so on this page. They attach to the seat post, give a good secure mount for the dedicated panniers and, whilst they (such as this one) will only hold up to about 9kg, the bags themselves can be quite large. Because they attach to the seat post, they are pretty quick and easy to attach and remove, depending on your cycling needs of the day.

    Handlebar bags are generally smaller but very convenient. If you can get the stuff you need immediately (camera and phone?) into one, then they are very readily to hand.
  4. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Beside the road
    A lot depends on exactly what type of terrain your riding / how heavy the stuff is. Loading up either the front or rear WILL effect how the bike handles.

    The question is just how uncomfortable is that rucksack and is a poorer handling bike worth having a lighter back for?

    I used to carry my camera in a large saddle bag and sometimes have a flask in a bottle cage (strapped in). The other bits and pieces would go in a camelbak rucksack (or one of the many clones) which are quite comfortable even when loaded with tools + jackets.
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I'm another one that follows the rucksack method, I find this is the most convenient and comfortable on most accasions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. OP

    jackthelad Well-Known Member

    thanks for the replys guys,I carry binoculars,camera,jetboil,jacket etc.I have a topeak saddle bag for tools, so the seatpost is taken up.Like the idea of the handle bar bag,but not too sure about the weight for control up front.Its mostly for forest tracks sightseeing with the wife,so not pushing it too hard.I have vaude panniers for my commuting bike,and thought about putting a rear rack on the mountain bike,was not too sure if the rack would cope with rough terrain.The brother inlaw bust the welds on his rack on rough terrain,so was basically looking at what options are out there,dont want to spend the wrong direction to only spend twice.

  7. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    I use a camelbak Mule, as do many of the MTBers i know. You might want a bit more space and the Blowfish might be enough.

    weight on the body is easier to manage than weight on the bike ime.
  8. GilesM

    GilesM Guru

    East Lothian
    I use a Camlebak HAWG, which is a bit bigger than the Mule, and is great for most things, most of the time I ride it's half empty, any bag on your back is a pain on a rod bike as you sit so much more stretched out, but in the more upright mtb position it's quite comfortable.
  9. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    a variety of different sized bum bags, obvioulsy one at a time depending on how much stuff I take (mini pump, toolkit, spare inner and small water bottle) or small to medium sized rucksck, with water bladder for longer outings to include waterpoofs, foods, flask, etc.

    good point about falling off and hard items - didn't tink of that.
  10. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    I use a camelbak blowfish laughing at the back please ;)
  11. Debian

    Debian New Member

    West Midlands
    For me, anything bike mounted a) spoils the handling of the bike and :biggrin: is a complete pain if I have to carry the bike or lift it over a fence.

    I use a smallish rucksack, bigger than a daypack, that has plenty of seperate external compartments so that I can put tools, camera (although this usually goes in a pocket for convenience), food, drinks, etc, etc into seperate dedicated areas - it's a PITA having to root through one big compartment to find the sarnies that have now been squashed at the bottom of the rucksack ;).
  12. GilesM

    GilesM Guru

    East Lothian
    Can make a fall a bit more painfull, but I find the biggest problem is taking out a ripe banana an hour after a good tumble:biggrin:
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