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Crystal

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backpack for hiking on a bicycle tour?
« on: May 10, 2010, 09:24:12 PM »
Hello,
I love to hike when I travel and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a decent backpack that I can take with me on a bicycle trip. I want something relatively comfortable and strong enough to carry gear for 2 days. I can't see myself taking my heavy 60L backpack so I am looking for a good substitute. If someone can suggest a brand, a model, or any advise, it would be very much appreciated.
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tony

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Re: backpack for hiking on a bicycle tour?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 07:58:38 AM »
I know some people use a backpack instead of a dry bag at the top of the rear rack but I am not a big fan of that option because it is not waterproof and you always have to worry about covering the bag. I personally use the Ortlieb carrying system (http://www.cyclocamping.com/proddetail.asp?prod=GOTF34). You need to use Ortlieb pannier, and you can mount that system on the pannier to make a backpack out of it. It is not as good as a hiking backpack but I have done 3-day hikes with it and it is pretty comfortable (it has a chest and a belly straps which is nice). A friend of mine even carry a tent with it (I only carry cloth, stove, small sleeping bag water etc but no tent), I believe he strapped the tent at the top of the bag.  Also, the nice thing about it is when you are taking an airplane, you can use one of the pannier as a carry-on bag, put all your heavy stuff in it to cut down the weight of the luggage you check in, and carry it on your back. Good luck.
Tony