Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So you have stuff to carry...

I'm experimenting with some bags on my Troll. Here it is with everything.
I doubt I'd be tempted to overpack... I'm planning a trip where carrying several days' worth of water will be necessary. The frame pack seems like an ideal way to carry water reservoirs. This Surly/Revelate bag is nominally designed for the Pugsley and Moonlander frames, but they seem to fit the Troll, too.
These bags are $150. Not sure if we're going to stock them or special-order only, but this one is in demo mode here at HC. One trip to the post office so far, and I like it. If the full frame bag is excessive, we are stocking the Tangle Bags in small, medium, and large sizes. We'll get these onto our web catalog one of these days, but for now you can buy them in-store or over the phone. We have some experience with these, and can help you figure out what size is best for you. Hint: The large Tangle is a nice addition to Surly LHTs with 26" wheels, as the smaller wheel size makes for a more open frame design. $68-70 depending on size. Another bag we're carrying now is the Revelate Gas Tank.
A great way to carry food to eat while riding, a camera, phone, and other items you may want to access quickly without having to get off the bike to dig through a larger bag. $55

8 comments:

Scott Loveless said...

Which racks do you have mounted?

Jim Thill said...

Surly rack on back. Tubus Duo and Salsa Minimalist on the front.

Snakebite said...

Nice setup! I'm curious to learn more of your several day trip that you need to carry much water.

Jim Thill said...

Death Valley.

Anonymous said...

wow! What does this set up weigh fully loaded with water and supplies? Is the water for both drinking and showering? Are you concerned about the bikes handling and responsiveness with that much additional bulk?

I'm curious why you would ride thru death valley too.

Thank you - David J.

Anonymous said...

I'm from the UK and planning a ride through death valley some time next year. Is it possible to attempt in summer or is it much wiser to aim for october/november? Cheers, Joe

Anonymous said...

I was in Death Valley twice, May 2005 and May 2010. First visit: 50 degrees celsius. Second visit: 29 degrees celsius. I would definitely NOT ride Death Valley in Summer. Remember, Death Valley is partly below sea level. If you make it through the valley, a long uphill awaits you on either side! ;)

DSTRONG said...

I am buying an 18" Ogre and see that Revelate/Surly makes a bag specific for that bike & size. What I don't like is that the ogre/troll bag doesn't fill in the bottom of the main frame triangle. The "small" pugsley frame bag purportedly fits--similar to the set up you posted here. What size is your troll and what is the Revelate bag size? I hope my question makes sense. Thanks