Simply put, we love bikepacking.
What is "Bikepacking"?
Bikepacking is a multi-day adventure combining both the disciplines of cycling and backpacking. The ride is generally carried out on a mixed-terrain route, and can be anywhere from a quick sub-24hr overnighter to a weeks-long cross country excursion. In most cases, it is a self-supported endeavor requiring one to load their bike with any gear/food/etc needed to complete the journey.
What kind of equipment is needed?
While the details will depend on the nature of the individual adventure, there are some general guidelines that will apply for most situations.
- Shelter: Whether it be a trusty tent, an ultralight bivy sack, or a super comfy hammock, you'll need a shelter from the elements.
- Insulation: Even when warm weather is expected, a sleeping bag or quilt will keep you warm and comfy for better sleep.
- Food: Some prefer dehydrated backpacking meals, and others enjoy busting out the cook kit and cooking over a fire. Either way, after a long day of riding, you'll be hungry!
- Clothing: In addition to your riding clothing, it's wise to bring a spare change of cloths to wear when in camp or exploring the nearby area. Make sure to plan accordingly with the weather conditions you'll be experiencing.
This sounds great! Where/when can I try it out?
We host multiple bikepacking outings throughout the year (typically every 1-2 months). Check out our events webpage or our Facebook page for more details, or stop by the shop to chat about our upcoming rides!