We are approximately 2 weeks out from a family bikepacking trip of the Outer Banks of North Carolina! The trip will take my wife our daughter and myself approximately 8 days to cover 250 miles via our trusty Salsa Vaya and Surly Big Dummy (Silver Back Gorilla). A trip like this is a great excuse to snag some new accessories and gear, so this weekend we hit the road to test some of our new additions.
Our daughter is not quite potty trained yet, so for this trip we are still going to need to lug a full week of diapers with us. The good news is they really don’t weigh much, but they do take up a ton of space. So in an effort to find a good place to store a bulky light item, I found the Oveja Negra Threadworks Front End Loader. This is the second bag I have from Oveja Negra and have been very impressed with the quality of their products, price point and timely shipping. The Front End Loader allows me to strap a dry bag up on my Jones Loop H Bars and not even notice it is there. Even with a weeks worth of diapers attached to my bars, my steering was the same and hand placement was not effected.
The major addition, to the wife’s Salsa Vaya, was the Salsa Down Under Front Rack. What a bargain at $65! Typical Salsa, the rack is super sturdy, easy to install and just plain WORKS. We plopped some bags on the front of the wife’s bike, dropped her HUGE DSLR camera and lens with some clothes wrapped around it on one side and went for a test ride. The racks hold perfectly, bags stay in place and everyone is happy.
All of our gear worked great! I even had the opportunity to chase a couple of Tri geeks on my Surly Big Dummy after they passed me, fun race. The weather was perfect our gear is just about all-together and we are super excited to get to North Carolina and cover some miles.
Here is the video of our new gear on our test ride!