Bike Packing with a Backpack
I traditionally come from a bike touring background. I recently have moved to New Zealand and have left my old school touring bike back home in the states. Now what I have left is a small budget, gravel bike, and a large quantity of backpacking related gear.
I have a rack, and plan on doing some of the simple hacks (strapping dry bag to the handle bars and rear rack, throwing a small bag in the frame, etc.) to make the most use of what I have. But I am planning on doing an over night trip, on the St. James track here in NZ. It's around 60 miles and just one night, so I could get away with around 20 to 30L of storage.
Any advice on riding with a backpack? Do you use the hip belt? Rest part of it on your seat? Have a weight limit? I have seen tons of people in photos rocking a Hyperlite backpack while on a bike. In the past, I would never dream of being out on a bike with my backpack, for longer than a few miles. Due to circumstances I am opening my mind, and am really interested to hear how people are making it work.