My reminiscing was interrupted by a howl of laughter from my husband, Justin, as he leaned in closer to examine the photo. “Look at how much stuff we had!” he cried. “Look at our panniers! They’re enormous! Look at your panniers! What could you possibly be carrying in those things?” Actual tears of amusement formed in the corners of his eyes as our overflowing bags glowed back at us from the laptop screen. We started out with what we thought were the essentials, but since that first day, we’ve lightened our loads tremendously, cutting down our possessions at least a handful of times over the past 22 months. Our setup these days is considerably more streamlined. We even switched over to mountain bikes and swapped our rack-mounted panniers for bikepacking frame bags more than a year ago.
An excerpt from this issue’s Globetrotting column, Bring This, Leave That:
On my tour last summer I loaded my panniers hopped on the bike and began riding. I asked the first person I came across where the nearest post office was located. I knew withing five pedal strokes that I had over packed severely.
Frank from BT is in town. We are going to give him the grand tour of the area by bike. Revolutionary and civil war forts. The # 1 fishing port in the country and possible a bike tour of Martha’s Vineyard. We will be traveling light for sure.
Too funny, John! I think it takes quite a bit of time before you can skillfully pack what you need and nothing more. Hope you had a great ride with Frank!
The BT article “Bring this, leave that”…did you or Justin ride that Giant full suspension in the first pic? What bike is that and it appears that the second pic may be Salsa Fargos. Any preference, and which w/b your go to bike. Thanks, always love the articles.
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