Late last month, two friends and I parked our car at a local train station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hopped on our bikes, and proceeded to pedal 104 miles to Santa Fe via as many dirt and back roads as possible…
It was a sufferfest, but it was made a lot more bearable by the right gear. Here’s what I used to stay sane over the long miles.
Osprey Viper 13
At one point, we rode 30 miles between gas stations, which meant we had to carry enough water for a couple hours in the sun. Instead of loading my bike with bottles, I rode with the new Osprey Viper 13, which holds a 2.5-liter bladder plus tubes, a jacket, food, and a camera. The mesh back vented well during the hottest part of the day, the magnetic chest strap kept my hydration hose out of the way, and, as I find to be the case with all Osprey packs, the Viper 13 carried well, even fully loaded.