Dovetail Bicycles wants you to know that you can pack your bike any way you want, but I want you to know that’s it’s more fun to travel with less stuff. How is a “scrappy start-up” like Dovetail going to fare when I share the secrets of traveling light? Simple, lightweight compact goods that directly satisfy your needs are never excessive and will quickly become an essential part of your personal touring system.
First, a small tent. The Man Tent does it.
Minimalist summer sleep system, insulated jacket and hooded lounge parka. The Napsack will do.
A small, reliable cook system. The Esbit alcohol/solid fuel hybrid stove.
Efficient water transport. The 64 oz. Klean Kanteen is a full half-gallon and fits perfectly in the Salsa Anything Cage.
Imagine saddlebags bulging with an abundance of provisions– apples, biscuits, gunpowder, and a bedroll neatly secured behind the saddle. The cows are home for the winter and the season’s work is done. Leaving in the late afternoon sun, the horse rides, but hesitates under the load. By the the third day the steed is strengthened, the whiskey is gone and the biscuits less numerous, and stale. The lightened bags dance in counterpoint to the horse’s gallop across the plain. A bike, like a horse, has a character and will respond to both load and terrain. Too much equipment in panniers can instigate a discomforting shimmy at speed and a knee-buckling strain up hills, while the right equipment and packing technique will allow a bike to run free. By reducing the complexity of luggage, hardware and racks, the bike will not only be lighter but will ride quietly and with finesse. There are steps that any rider can take to trim some fat and maximize riding pleasure. Most importantly, living with less affords mental levity– take a load off. Learn more at Dovetail Bicycles…