|Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross bike outfitted with Revelate Designs Tangle, Gas Tank and Terrapin Bags, along with a Banjo Brothers handlebar bag and a couple of water bottles, carry everything for a self-supported 300+ mile ride.|
The CamelBack sip hose clips to cable housing by the handle bar, for easy drink-on-the-fly access that stays out of the way. The Tangle bag has a second, slender pocket on the left side for the pump, mud shank and cell phone, plus room for a little more.
|Easy on-the-fly access to water from the Tangle bag, food from the Gas Tank, and other drinks from the bottles.|
Perched on the top tube by the stem is a Revelate Designs Gas Tank bag, which holds all the Hammer Gel and Endurolyte FIZZ, as well as a medicinal candy bag of Alleve, Advil, Bufferin and Tums. Everything stored in the Gas Tank is easy to access, even when cruising on grouchy gravel.
With the Tangle and Gas Tank bags, I normally would be set for an all day ride by simply adding a generic, expandable seat bag for spare tubes, the tool kit and a light rain jacket. Not so for the BackBone. I'll need much more capacity for the layers of clothing for the wide variance of temperatures, winds and wets that will occur over 300 miles of exposed prairie and forest roads. So, I'm pulling out the big gun: a Revelate Designs Terrapin bag with a compressible dry sack. That will hold all the clothing I want available, as well as the spare tubes and tool kit.
|The compressible dry sack easily pops out of the Terrapin bag holster, without messing with the attachments to the bike.|
|Clean cable routing makes for easy installation and operation of a functional handle bar bag.|
No, I do not know what this bike weighs loaded. It will weigh what it needs to weigh for the ride.