Gravel and Bikepacking, two interdependent disciplines.
With its versatility and spirit of adventure, the Gravel opens up the world of exploration. By venturing into uncharted territory, Gravel enthusiasts inevitably recognize the value of bikepacking, an exhilarating way of carrying essentials and immersing themselves more deeply in the wonders of nature.
Whether it's taking part in long-distance Gravel races or using Gravel bikes to access remote trails, the two disciplines intertwine to create a limitless realm of exploration.
Day trip or long-distance expedition, here are the essentials you need to make the most of your getaway.
For day trips:
Day trips are the perfect introduction to the world of bikepacking. They offer a taste of adventure without the commitment of an extended trip, and are an opportunity for cyclists to get out of the city limits and breathe in the fresh air of nearby nature.
Preparing your bike with the right equipment can really make a difference! So here are our essentials to make your journey enjoyable and comfortable:
The FastFuel Bag Bolt-On: Compact and practical
The FastFuel Bag Bolt-On attaches to your bike's stem with two bolts. This compact, padded bag gives you the right fit whatever the size of your bike's frame, thanks to its wide-opening slots for the bolts. Finally, the FastFuel Bolt-on gives you fingertip-accessible storage space for all your essentials. Ideal for energy bars, gels, or other sports nutrition products.
The Tubular Barbag: style meets functionality.
With its elegant, modern design, the Tubular Barbag adds a touch of sophistication to your bikepacking setup. This spacious handlebar bag has a capacity of 3.8 liters and a large zip for easy access to its contents. Constructed from durable, water-resistant materials, the Tubular Barbag will protect your belongings in all weather conditions.
Ideal for short trips where you need to carry essential items for several hours in town or on nearby trails.
The Midloader: Unleash your inner traveler.
The Midloader is the ideal companion for epic adventures on the road or trail.
Available in 3 L, 4.5 L, and 6 L sizes, it offers enough space to carry food, gear, tools, and everything else you need for your expeditions to the middle of nowhere. Designed to make use of the empty space in your bike's frame, the Midloader allows you to carry even your heaviest equipment without any negative impact on your bike's handling. It can also be fitted and removed quickly and easily thanks to its self-gripping straps. Finally, the Midloader has two full-length, water-resistant zip openings to give you easy access to all your gear from both sides.
With the Fastfuel Bag Bolt On, Tubular Barbag, and Midloader by your side, your day-long bikepacking adventures are destined to be memorable. Organize your essentials with ease, ride in style, and unleash your inner adventurer with these Topeak panniers.
For long-distance travel:
For those seeking a deeper connection with nature and a greater challenge, long-distance bikepacking is an incredible experience. Whether it's crossing mountain ranges, traversing vast deserts, or skirting breathtaking coastlines, this activity is an opportunity to admire the beauty of the world in its rawest form.
With the right equipment, bikepacking enthusiasts can make the most of their trip by transporting their gear efficiently. To enhance your long-distance bikepacking experience, we've selected a few essential products to help you make the most of your trip.
Backloader X: For endless exploration.
The Backloader X has been designed to offer cyclists ample storage space without the need for a rear rack. With its spacious design and waterproof internal bag, the Backloader X lets you carry all the gear you need for your expedition and keep it dry. Finally, its advanced mounting system keeps your pack secure and stable, even on difficult terrain.
BackLoader Wishbone: Balance and stability.
This sturdy saddlebag support holds your backloader, or any other rear pannier, firmly in place to give you more balance when riding. Even on rough trails. Made from aluminum alloy and stainless steel, the Wishbone BackLoader has two sidebars that can accommodate two extra bottle cages.
Freeloader: Practical storage.
The Freeloader stem bag is the ideal companion for long rides. It offers you easily accessible storage space for your energy products, your phone, a water bottle, or any other item. It also has two mesh side pockets so you can organize small items and keep them close to hand.
Versacage: Expand your horizons.
Take your adventures to the next level with the Versacage. Designed to allow you to carry larger equipment, the Versacage mounts equally well to your bike's frame or fork. Thanks to its four-hole mounting design, you can adjust the height of the rack to suit your needs and ensure the best possible balance for your load. The included straps make it easy to attach and transport a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, storage bag, or other round equipment.
Equipped with all the panniers mentioned in this article, your long-distance bikepacking adventure is sure to be one to remember. These essential pieces of equipment give you the storage space you need to set off for several days with peace of mind. They also guarantee a balanced ride as you conquer the epic trails and vast landscapes that lie ahead.
Finally, whether it's a day trip or a long-distance expedition, bikepacking offers unforgettable experiences for anyone who dares to embark on this incredible journey. So grab your bike, pack your bags and set off to discover new horizons!