There is a great divide between luxury and simplicity in bicycling.  Make your choice.  But accept the consequences.

Glampackers want all the comforts.  Thus they must carry/lug the added weight.  Some bikers include panniers on both the front and back wheels and hang a bag on the front of the handle bars.  A few riders add a backpack.  There are two wheel trailers attaching to the bike frame to carry additional items.  What items are taken?  Large tents, sleeping bags and blankets, extra clothing (shorts and tanks tops to heavy jackets and sweaters), port-a-potties, make-up kits, large water containers, 3-5 day food supplies, heavier tools, flashlights, rain suits, extra shoes, suitcases, camping stoves, lights, radios, batteries, towels, laundry soap, fold up chair, cooking pots and utensils, rope, heavy duty medical kits, tarps, full camera gear, a full range of shaving equipment of hygiene items.  The cost for comfort is the amount of weight hauled.   On flat ground the weight is manageable.  Climbing hills is altogether different because of the toll on knees and leg muscles.  At the end of the day the body will feel the added tiredness from the energy expended.  If camping in the lap of luxury with all the comforts of home is for you, then this is your style.

Backpackers cut the weight carrying to the bare bones necessities.  Bring enough food and water for one day or to make the next town.  Carry one change of clothing, and only for the kind of weather you will encounter.  Sterno to cook out of a can, a spork and can opener, Sleeping bag and small tarp to guard against rain in the open.  Light weight bike wrenches, flat repair kit, and bike pump.  Cell phone and charger.  Compact flashlight, small first aid kit, Swiss Army knife, and matches. Backpackers recognize weight as an enemy especially when climbing hills.  But they must travel with the most Spartan of amenities.  If speed and distance are your goals, then this is you basic style of riding.


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