Apr 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm #1258307
@jlambLocale: Western PA
I am really just starting to focus on getting my packweight down, but I am curious if this type of thinking is affecting your other hobbies. I for one really like to mountain bike and road bike, which I probably do more of than backpacking cause of time constraints. Anyway, I now try to look at ways to shave down my hydration pack weight, and only carrying the essentials on my road bike. I bet others are doing the same with their hobbies.Apr 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm #1603373
For me, yes.
I was a traveler before I took up hiking/backpacking. Many of the techniques — selecting light weight gear, wearing wicking, quick-drying apparel, layering, etc. carried well from one to the other.
But it was in hiking that I became much more serious about cutting weight. And once I got accustomed to this mode of thinking, many of the UL techniques then carried back to my traveling!
Last year, I traveled for seven months around the world with just a 28L day pack. It contained everything I needed — and it was never much more than half full.Apr 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm #1603377
I guess weight will always be on the mind after going UL. I think next to backpacking, travel itineraries such as Ben's above are just as suited to an UL mentality. I too am a mountain biker. Perhaps I haven't thought about weight as much since I carry much less gear in my hydration pack than I would on, say, a 3 day backpacking trip.
On a side note, maybe I will send you a PM. I would be interested in knowing some of the MTB trails out your way as I am from the east side of Cleveland. I have heard that there are some great MTB trails east of me, but have never had anyone to ride with.Apr 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm #1603432
@tbeasleyLocale: Pigeon House Mt from the Castle
I took up vets road bike racing last year after purchasing a new CF Giant roadie I saved 2kg and as funds became available I got the lightest gear that I could afford, lighter tires, tubes, pedals, shoes, bottle cage, bottles, spare tube and storage bag, bike pump all up I saved about a kilo and most of that was from rotation weight.
If I had unlimited funds I could save a lot more weight.
All of this was from being a student of UL backpacking.
TonyApr 29, 2010 at 3:54 am #1603471
I do fly alot of UL radio control airplanes and helicopters. I have a number of planes that are fully functional 3 or 4 channel models that are well under 1 oz, complete with motor, reciever, battery and all.Apr 29, 2010 at 8:28 am #1603519
>> Bender <<Participant
UL MTBiking was first, then it trickled into backpacking.
This is my 18.63 pound Turner Nitrous
Build specs can be found here!
Apr 29, 2010 at 9:44 am #1603548
Very nice toys!! I am so jealous…Apr 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm #1603785
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
I ride a recumbent tricycle. A lot of the people I ride with add a lot of junk to their trikes, taking what might be a 30lb machine up to double that. I keep mine light and carry little with me. I learned a lot about what to eat and drink to maintain my energy and hydration over long distances with little weight. I use what I've learned when riding my trike. I completed a 50 miler last weekend and even though it was only the 4th time I rode my trike all year, I'm pretty sure I could have done the 75 mile ride instead.
As for other hobbies? Well, I've got a sewing machine now. You can guess the things I want to sew with it.Apr 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm #1603790
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
UL isn't a hobby. It's more of a way of life.
–B.G.–Apr 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm #1603818
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
My trail runs have become a whole lot lighter and minimalist in nature. So I suppose in some small way, yes, it does. Not exactly a methodical and deliberate decision as decreasing my pack weight/items has been over the last few years.Apr 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm #1603840
"UL isn't a hobby. It's more of a way of life.
I've seen pics of various members' gear closets (and even gear rooms), Bob. I wouldn't make that an automatic assumption.Apr 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm #1603912
@onthecouchagainLocale: Sunny SoCal
Diving is a gear intensive sport and of course you are on life-support equipment BUT in can be done.
Pick one activity for the dive and stick to it—saw a guy enter the water with a video camera, spear gun, lobster bag and gauge! I can only imagine what that dive might have been like.
mantra…'less is more' 'less is more'….repeatApr 29, 2010 at 11:08 pm #1603916
UL backpackers have nothing on gram wienie roadies. Like in backpacking, I'm more of a lightweight than UL in cycling, but I do have a 15.5 lb 58cm bike (including pedals) that I built up myself. Though I didn't go for the Ti bolts, there are a bunch of carbon fiber bits to go along with the frame. I could get it down below 15 lbs if I were to spend a couple grand on CF wheels, but that really isn't a priority.
As in backpacking, there is a trade-off to some degree between weight and durability.Apr 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm #1603918
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
Professionally, I design houses with small footprints and UL environmental impact.
This recent home has very pleasant interior earthen plaster walls. Most of the materials were sourced on-sight or in the immediate neighborhood:
May 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm #1605563
My weight weenie-ism started with biking too – mountain and road. I was already backpacking then too but the weight thing wasn't a focus like it is now. More of a way of life for everything now. You should see my new kayak paddle.
BTW – nice rig Bender, anyone who is on light-bikes is serious.May 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm #1605584
>> Bender <<Participant
BTW – nice rig Bender, anyone who is on light-bikes is serious.
Thanks tdilf :)
I'm about to drop another 1/4 pound or so with a Cannondale Hollowgram SL crankset! I would love to have this bike under 18 pounds.
Speaking of RC & light weight I made this 6.6g 2 channel RC air plane out of aero ace & picco z parts.May 4, 2010 at 10:13 am #1605854
I am starting to do some bike touring. I'm delighted to find that not only the philosophy, but the very equipment (tent, sleep setup, stove, etc.) can be transferred directly from lightweight backpacking to lightweight touring.
That said, I've been surprised by how many bike-tour folks are not even considering going more lightweight. They load their bikes like a Clydesdale workhorse – and then insist that I, too, will end up that way if I am serious. Some people even tell me to get a heavier bike! (…of course, the heavier bike is to carry the heavier load…)
The 'heavy packing' philosophy seems even more entrenched in the bike touring community than in the backpacking community.
ElizabethMay 4, 2010 at 11:29 am #1605888
@pivvayLocale: Rocky Mountains
Elizabeth, check out bikepacking.net ;)May 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm #1606158
Wow. Great site. But it's all about mountain biking. Is there a road biking equivalent?May 5, 2010 at 3:26 am #1606265
@jshannMay 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm #1609504
@pivvayLocale: Rocky Mountains
Put the same stuff on a road bike?May 20, 2010 at 3:58 am #1611597
you asked about ultralight road bike touring:
My setup is down to about 30lbs
A recent pic, but not very good.
A pic from back in early spring with my cold weather bag and gear
A pic of my new off road touring toy:
Also want to second the yahoo group and bikepacking.net mentioned above.May 21, 2010 at 5:34 am #1612098
Even the car i drive is ultralight –May 21, 2010 at 5:46 am #1612103
@chadnscLocale: Duluth, Minnesota
Yeah but it could be lighter:May 21, 2010 at 6:26 am #1612113
I acturall test drove a smart car and the leg and head room was amazing, but very little storage. At least with my Yaris i have a back seat, and can fold down the split seat to have room for my Great Dane to lay. And it still gets 35mpg even when towing my teardrop camper.
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