The most interesting paths in life seldom run straight and even. The same is true for bicycle tours. Until now there was a catch however. Either you chose the classic bicycle set-up for tours with bags on the side of your bike – which meant that you had to choose tarred roads due to the width and limited manoeuvrability. Or you only took one backpack, such as when on an alpine crossing on the MTB – which can be painful for the shoulders and neck after a few days.
So therefore, a few bicycle freaks in the USA have invented a new way of bikepacking. Tent, sleeping bag and food are stored in special bags held as close as possible to the bicycle so that it retains its cross-country ability. Perfect for an overnight tour with light luggage on the weekend or an expedition on a fatbike. The bicycle travel equipment professionals Ortlieb, from Franconia, have now created their own version of bikepacking bags. All their 35 years (anniversary this year) of experience have been fed into their fully waterproof bikepacking series which is now on the market.
Find Ortlieb at Globetrotter here: https://www.globetrotter.de/marken/ortlieb
25. August 2016, Globetrotter Magazin