Readers Rig is a series of articles that showcases bikepacking kits from riders around the world. Be it long rides or short, races or slogs, everyone has their own unique set up. We hope you enjoy these rigs and maybe pick up a thing or two to add to your set up.

Miles Arbour
Wyebridge, Ontario
Age 24 Day
Job: Driving to BC this month to find one!

Growing up in a small rural town in Ontario, I quite literally feared the idea of learning how to ride a bike. Gravel was my enemy, and I was too stubborn to tame it. While I did eventually learn how to ride, I definitely didn’t embrace the sport. It wasn’t until I was in university that I realized I could get around the city I lived in much faster on a bike, and quickly became a spandex wearing road cyclist – something I would have never imagined. I was introduced to bikepacking from my instructors in the Outdoor Adventure guide-training program at Algonquin College, and my final exam brought 4 of my peers and I across the country where we tackled the Kokopelli Trail. Since diving into bikepacking head first, I have spent a great deal of time tweaking my rig and taking advantage of Ontario riding. My most recent accomplishment involved breathing new life into the Central Ontario Loop Trail (COLT), a 450km route following rail trails, snowmobile and ATV routes, and side roads connecting small Ontario towns. It was an Ontario tourism initiative that was never fully developed, and I wanted to see it reborn. So I rode the full route in 5 days, solo. Bike Build: Surly Krampus Specialized Phenom Expert Saddle 1×10 with a Race Face 32 tooth ring Ergon cork grips
Bike Bags: Revelate Designs Handlebar Harness Gas Tank Jerry Can Viscacha DIY frame bag, mirrorless camera pouch, and feed bag
Clothing: Devinci bib-short with a Smartwool merino wool t-shirt up top Sneaky Socks cycling socks Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket and an Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody softshell No name full-finger gloves Smith Forefront helmet and Specialized Rime Expert shoes Teva sandals Outdoor Research Astroman shirt Light nylon shorts for at camp
Sleep System: Tarptent Protrail Marmot Never Winter 0 degree bag NeoAir xLite thermarest
Extra Gear: Garmin eTrex 20x Olympus OMD EM-5 Mark II SPOT GPS device Osprey Talon 19 backpack with 2L hydration bag Primus ETA Lite canister stove GSI Fairshare mug with handle removeduntitled

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  1. Good info. For future reader’s rig articles, more info about gearing and tires (size, model and tubeless or not) would be helpful. Also a photo of the camp setup in use.

  2. Hi Jeff – I was riding stock Surly Knards 3″ , 27tpi. Not setup tubeless… Yet.

    Also stock SRAM 10 speed cassette. Recently got rid of 17t ring and added a 42t granny gear though- works great.

  3. Nice write-up Miles and well done on the COLT. Cant wait to give the COLT a go myself.
    Have a blast out West.

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