[TRAVEL]: Bikefishing | Weekend trip | What I carry?

Heeeyho Readers! Have you ever thought about bikefishing?


Yo yo yo sexy bunch! Why do we always wait until the last second to organize stuff before a trip?

I had planned this post for yesterday, but, of course, I ended up organizing everything at night, and so the photos turned out like a 2000's poop cellphone. Anyways. The trip is done, the sun glazed, and I was able to create this post. It's not a super duper crazy trip, but I think the concept is well-worth sharing.

You may have heard of bikepacking―the idea of lightweight bicycle trips using bags strapped to the bicycle. It's the coolest way for short term bike trips, like my usual Friday trips do the ranch. Every Friday I combine mountain bike training with bikebacking in a 45-kilometer trip to our ranch. I'm able to move uphill quickly and efficiently with only one bag, a handful of clothes, and the fishing gear.

Bikefishing is born

What I'd like to present is bikefishing, as I call it. Bikefishing is all about mixing cycling and fishing {don't you say..} One can add a tent and sleeping bag and voila, tons of fun. This is not the case today though. Even though I'm not camping this time around, I've decided to share what I carry for an extended weekend at the ranch.

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Bikefishing gone wild


The bicycle

This post is not an equipment review, but in case you are wondering what I use for cross-country competitions and for trips here it is: Sonder Frontier 29er.

This is a very versitile hardtail mountain bike. It's robust like a tractor, light enought to race, and has rear rack mounts, making it perfect for bikepacking and long distance trips where I need panniers. The setup is pretty much what you see on every bicycle. Hidraulic disc brakes, Sram NX 11 speed (1 by 11) with a 32 chain ring. Suspension is a Rock Shox Recon, air sprung. Tires are WTB trail boss 2.4.

Handlebar bag and harness

For short trips I always use one bag strapped to the handdlebar. This model is (I believe) a 20L bag made by Alpkit in the UK.

Check bags and more on Alpkit's website

In this bag I carry everything needed for a short trip, even when I have to carry sleeping bag and tent. The only items left outside are bicycle-related items, such as tools and spare parts.

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Gear overview


In the handlebar bag goes:

  • Clothes
  • Fishing reel
  • Pliers (for fishing)
  • Book
  • Flip-flops

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Preparing new posts


The fishing gear is minimal this time. A few hooks, artificial bait, and other trinkets is all I need for pond/river fishing. Inside the blue bag is my fishing reel (nothing fancy there). I keep my main fishing box at home and only take out what is needed. Simple and efficient.

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Thule backpack


Thule Camelback

Inside the Thule camelback backpack I carry all the bicycle-related items, water filtration system, and snacks. The lightweight fishing rod also goes strapped to the side of the backpack (check video).

  • Wax-based lubricant
  • Tire repair kit
  • Pump
  • Water filter
  • Multi-tool
  • Snacks!

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Yummi


Cycling without food is suicide! For pedals longer than one hour, it's important to ingest some corbohydrates. Carb UP gels are a great source of energy. If you don't have those you can also use power bars. I love these two brazillian snacks: bananinha and paçoquinha. The first is a banana candy of sorts; the second is basically peanut.

To make this post more interactive I've made a video explaining everything and how items are organized on the bicycle.

I hope this post has inspired you to go on bicycle adventures. There's no better way of having fun while exercising. If you have any questions or need help with gear, don't forget to leave a comment and I'll be more than glad to assist.

Peace.


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Access Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/6500272773?

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Disclaimer: The author of this post is a convict broke backpacker, who has travelled more than 10.000 km hitchhiking and more than 5.000 km cycling. Following him may cause severe problems of wanderlust and inquietud. You've been warned.


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Luggage is light and complete. It's ready for exciting journeys, I use less gels and prefer bananas instead :D

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Yoo, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I do carry bananas sometimes; that brown snack you see there is made of banana. Also, along the way to the ranch there's tons of peach plantations, so we can always have a fruit on the way

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I wanna travel light like that! but my laptop itself is like 5kg xD and then wires and stuff. I find that as I age, it's harder to travel light. Now, I am inspired trying to travel light once more.

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Same here, my laptop is a 15-year-old Dell that is as thick as a brick \o\ and I just can't create posts using the cellphone. Is it possible to plug a keyboard to the cellphone? I guess the best way is to keep a bunch of posts as drafts for when we are travelling.

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I am glad to see the bike is still going strong even after the accident! How have you been recovering?
Bikefishing - I like it! It is sooo yooou! Although when I hear it, I imagine you fishing for bikes 🤣 and not fish, sorry.

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Yey, glad to see you here! Bike is going strong. I'm fully recovered now, in record time; it took some 6 months (july-septemper). Just taking a while to run again (on foot).

Have you ever seen videos of magnet fishing? Sometimes those guys pull bicycles out of the canals \o\

How's everything over there?

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