Now lets be clear, I love how efficiently my hydration pack carries everything I need for a days riding. Up to 3 litres of water, clothing to deal with the days temperature fluctuations or precipitation and a selection of spares to allow me (and riding buddies) to finish rides despite unexpected mechanicals and there is a first aid kit in there too.
Riding ‘sans pack’ feels great, like going commando. Free-er, cooler, looser, lighter.
I HATE pushing a bike just because I haven’t got the stuff to mend a puncture trailside.
So I’ve been looking at different options for carrying what I need on the bike rather than on me. Just the very basic bits and bobs needed for riding 1 to 2 hour local rides or uplift days at Thredbo for example.