Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS BIKEPACKING?
Here's a great description from Bikepacking.com:
Simply put, bikepacking is the synthesis of mountain biking and minimalist camping; it evokes the freedom of multi-day backcountry hiking, with the range and thrill of riding a mountain bike. It’s about forging places less travelled, both near and afar, via singletrack trails, gravel, and abandoned dirt roads, carrying only essential gear. Ride, eat, sleep, repeat, enjoy!
A common misconception is that bikepacking requires a small fortune to fully appreciate; the perfect bike, custom bags, and all the latest ultralight camping gear. While investing in quality gear is never a bad idea, it’s certainly not a necessity to get you up and running. Start by using what you own and picking a short overnight route near home (30-60 miles). Discover what you really need through experience.
Read more about Bikepacking in this great article: Bikepacking101.
Can I use your bikepacking bags on my full suspension bike?
YES you can! With the Bar Slinger, Glovebox and TT bags you'll have most of your packing sorted, with the optional addition of a small backpack for your lighter gear. The TT-Front and TT-Rear are specially designed for full suspension frames to allow storage close to the center of gravity. The Saddle Slinger is best suited to hardtail bikes, however, if you beef up the pressure on your rear suspension and minimise the use of your dropper post, you can also carry a Saddle Slinger on your full suss bike.
Can you make me a custom frame bag for my full suspension bike?
YES I can! Some full suss bikes have their shock neatly tucked under the top tube or next to the seat tube, and this could allow space for a smaller sized frame-bag. Together with the TT bags this would mean you'll get pretty close to a full frame-bag in volume. Some full suss bikes make it hard to carry a frame-bag due to the location of the rear shock. Send me a pic and we can find the best solution for you!
How long does it take to get one of your awesome custom frame bags?
My turn-around time is generally within 2 weeks (3 weeks at the outside if things are particularly busy). I always ensure good communication with my customers, so you'll never be left guessing what's going on.
Can I fit a Saddle Slinger to my dropper post?
Yes you can! Bikepacking is about going further for longer and generally the terrain doesn't require too much in the way of a lowered seat position. When you drop your saddle you reduce the space between the saddle and the rear tyre. Most people I know who bikepack on a full suss bike with a seat dropper tend to firm up the suspension and minimise lowering their seat. However, I do make dropper specific Saddle Slingers if needed and am always happy to discuss the options.
Do you make a bag suitable for Enduro riding?
Are your bags fully waterproof?
The fabric used for the stuff bags is water resistant meaning it will protect your gear in a shower or two. However, for very wet conditions, or unpredictable weather (as with most of the trails in the South Island) I recommend using a plastic bag as a liner. This would ensure complete protection for a dry sleeping bag when you arrive at your overnight destination.
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Why not just use a rack for carrying your gear?
Racks are great for carrying lots of stuff and you can really load them up. However, keep in mind that you have to cart all that gear around too! Bikepacking is about minimising your load to allow you to travel further. PACK SMART - GO FAR - RIDE FREE is my motto!
Can I come and visit you to view the bags and discuss my specific requirements?