Other bikepacking storage options include:
- Stem bags: These small pouches attach behind your handlebar, usually to the handlebar and/or stem with a couple hook-and-loop strips. While riding, they provide a convenient place to store and access small items, such as snacks, water, a phone, and sunglasses.
- Top tube bags: Usually a tad bigger than stem bags, top tube bags attach to the top of your top tube, behind your head tube or in front of your seat post. They are great for holding small items you want to access while pedaling, just like stem bags. If you're shopping for a bag, consider factors such as storage volume and how the bag will fit on your bike. Make sure the bag will not interfere with your pedaling.
- Bottle cages: Standard bottle cages are nothing new, but they are key for carrying water while bikepacking. They attach to threaded fittings on the seat tube and/or down tube of most bikes, providing storage for standard-size bike bottles. Some bikes designed specifically for bikepacking come with fittings on the fork and/or underside of the down tube as well. In case your bike does not have these, you can secure a cage with hose clamps from the hardware store.
- Cargo cages: These look a lot like bottle cages, but are designed to carry gear or larger water bottles instead of standard bike bottles. Most of them go on your bike's fork, but some can also go on the down tube and/or seat tube. Check how the cage attaches to your bike and make sure it will fit yours. Some cargo cages require a 3-hole mounting pattern, which you can find on some bikepacking forks.
- Backpacks: While many bikepackers try to avoid riding with a backpack, sometimes it’s necessary in order to carry all your essential gear. Avoid putting a lot of weight on your back for your comfort. In addition to a hydration reservoir, some riders carry clothing, a sleeping pad, and even a tent in their packs. To maintain comfort while riding, use a lightweight pack that holds no more than 20 liters.