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July 24, 2016

Bikepacking 101

Bikepacking can be very intimidating. When you start looking at packing, planning, gear, weight, weather, etc. all these factors can make bikepacking feel like a daunting endeavor and can steer many away. I want to change this for you get you excited for your first or next bikepacking adventure.

It is true that the gear you pack and how you pack your bags will create the whole experience. With help from many experienced bikepackers and remembering my failures from my first bikepacking trip, I feel like I nailed this down and would love to share with you my setup. Let's dive in!

Bag Basics:
Refer to intro photo, from left to right:
Seatpost Bag: Revelate Designs, Viscacha, 6-14 L volume
Top Tube Bag: Jandd, Frame Bag, 188 cu in
Handle Bar Bag: Revelate Designs, Sweetroll, 800 cu in

Sleeping Basics:

From left to right:
Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Pitchpine UL 45, with bag 1 lb. 4 oz.
Tent: NEMO Gogo LE, 2 lbs. 9 oz - Best tent! No poles, no shenanigans
Sleeping Pad: Them-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker, 1 lb. 15 oz. 

Packing Basics:

What to pack and where:
Found this cheater guide on Instagram and I stick to it throughly. If there was a formula for Bikepackng, this would be it. 

I chose not to use panniers because I hate feeling all the weight in the back of my bike. Personally, panniers feel like they pull me down. This is a personal opinion only, so please take it with a grain of salt.

To review gear, opinions, adventures and all the techie things that come with bikepacking, please reference my bikepacking coach / friend, David Markman's blog, www.bikepackingdave.wordpress.com