Davidtcr has added a nice comment on his training for the 3 peaks - he's doing some serious kms (on the bike and in the air!).

 

Someone asked me about my home made back pack so I took a few photos tonight.

Photo 1 - empty bag and stuff to pack (arm warmers, leg warmers, rain coat and 2x spare tubes). I figured if its cold enough for me to think I might need an undershirt then I will probably wear it from the start rather than carry it. I am also thinking about stitching or gluing a piece of yellow reflective tape to the back so it lights up when cars approach from behind with headlights on (we will start the ride right on dawn and could well be riding the last 30km at dusk/in the dark).

Photo 2 - bag packed

Photo 3 - bag on

Photo 4 - bag side one

There is no adjustment in the shoulder straps. I just cut them to the right length.

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Comment by Davidtcr on February 24, 2011 at 10:20

Nice looking pack although do you find it moves around a bit with not having a chest strap?

Far too much of my time is being spent in the air at the moment :( It is certainly making it hard to be consistent with my training.

Last year I used a Vaude hydration pack to keep all of my stuff in, as well as for hydration. However having that amount of fluid was probably overkill, so this year I think I will just stick with the bottles and only use it for carrying things - unless it looks like it is going to be very hot.

Comment by Dahondude on February 24, 2011 at 12:03

Hi davidtcr

took the new back pack for a spin this morning up and over Mt Lofty. It sits right between my shoulder blades and doesnt seem to move at all. I hardly noticed it was there on the climb/flats but did feel it a bit on the descents. I have since seen cheap camelbaks for around $35 which I could have got, dumped the bladder out of and just used it for carrying stuff, as you suggest.

Comment by easytiger on February 24, 2011 at 18:17

Mate, you Taswegians are so crafty! Could you macrame me a musette?

Do you think you might be able to attract millions in grants from the ARC to manufacture them?

Comment by Dahondude on February 24, 2011 at 19:08
yep and yep. ARC love this kind of hand-crafted, organic, stuff. They are all over it.

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