Rode 32 miles off-road with 41 pounds of gear at North Shore on Lake Grapevine. I laid out all the gear the night before…
I loaded up all the water I could hold, so can most likely eliminate about 6 pounds by packing less water. Still need to fine-tune gear to reduce weight and bulk.
This was a “shakeout ride” to test all my equipment. I learned much – some gear is better stored in specific places due to its weight, bulk, or due to the need to access the gear during a ride (solar panel, phone, sunscreen, and food). I spent the first hour of the ride fiddling with gear placement and securing the gear well to protect against the shake, rattle, and roll of off-road riding. Bungee cords and caribiners come in handy for attaching gear and making sure it does not fall by the wayside (nothing worse than having gear fall off and not realizing it is gone – especially gear loaded on the back of the bike).
The Goal Zero solar panel worked well – I rode with it it open and secured on top of the handlebar bag on the front of my bike. It was a sunny day, and so the panel charged the battery in about 4 hours. When my phone got low on power, I plugged it into the full battery and the phone charged up quickly.
Good ride to test all the gear and to learn what works well for the upcoming week-long bikepacking trip. By the end of the ride I was fairly well “spent” from a physical standpoint, but felt better after some R&R (rest and refuel).