I had some gear show up this week, so I spent a little time playing around with how to carry it on the Trucker. I’m working from a list I put together over the winter that includes a lot more small items, but not so much to really fill up the bags. The only large items remaining would be miscellaneous clothing.
The bulkiest item is the Big Agnes bag on the front rack. It’s already in the stock compression sack, and I don’t think it could go down much more. That also seems to have the most impact on the handling. It’s not a big deal while riding, but it does make things unstable if the bike is loaded and I’m using the rear stand, like in the picture.
I could carry the air pad in the right pannier, but there was plenty of room in the saddlebag, at least for now.
The right pannier has the tent. It’s a used Kelty Gunnison 2 that rolls up surprisingly small without any bags. It’s no mansion, but it should be comfortable and it sets up really fast. What I don’t have is a footprint, and I’m not yet sold on the idea that I need one just yet. For now, I wrapped some velcro strips around the poles and snugged them to the top tube. That led to moving the pump to behind the seat tube. Ideally I can come up with a bag to keep the poles in.
The left pannier is the kitchen, with a stove, fuel, some plastic ware, and plenty of room for food.
That leaves the saddlebag for miscellaneous items like tools, jackets, socks, etc…
It rides well and everything is secure. You can tell the weight is there, but it could just be a matter of getting used to it.