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The Fundamental Guide to Bike-Packing: How to Pack, Plan and Execute the Perfect Adventure

by Norst 16 Jan 2023 0 Comments
The Fundamental Guide to Bike-Packing: How to Pack, Plan and Execute the Perfect Adventure

From gear selection to route planning, here's everything you need to know about bike-packing

Bike-packing is a type of adventure cycling that involves carrying all of your gear on your bike in specially designed bags. It's a great way to explore remote areas and have a self-supported, minimalist adventure.

One of the best things about bike-packing is that it's accessible to riders of all levels. As long as you have a sturdy bike and the necessary gear, you can head out on an overnight trip or a multi-day adventure.

When planning a bike-packing trip, it's important to consider the terrain and weather conditions. Choose a route that is appropriate for your skill level and be prepared for unexpected challenges. A good rule of thumb is to pack for the worst-case scenario, but also try to travel as light as possible.

In terms of gear, you'll need a bike with a sturdy frame and good clearance for larger tires. You'll also need bags to carry your gear, such as a saddle bag, handlebar bag, and frame bag. It's also a good idea to bring a repair kit, spare tubes, and a multi-tool.

As for food and water, it's important to plan your meals and bring enough to sustain you throughout your trip. Dehydrated meals and lightweight snacks are a good option, as they are easy to pack and don't take up much space.

Overall, bike-packing is a fantastic way to explore the outdoors and have an adventure on two wheels. Whether you're a seasoned rider or just starting out, it's a great way to get outside and discover new trails and roads. So if you're looking for a new challenge, consider giving bike-packing a try with Norst!

The Essential Gear for Bike-Packing

  • A sturdy, reliable bike with a comfortable fit
  • A bike-specific packing system, such as panniers or a frame bag
  • A tent or bivy sack for overnight stays
  • A sleeping bag and pad
  • A cooking system, including a stove and pots/pans
  • Navigation tools, such as a map and compass
  • A repair kit, including spare tubes and tools
  • Adequate clothing for the weather and terrain you'll be encountering
  • Personal items, such as a first aid kit and toiletries

Bike-Packing of Advice:

  • Start small, with shorter trips to test out your gear and see what works for you
  • Consider the weight and size of your gear, and aim for a balanced load
  • Plan your route carefully, taking into account the difficulty of the terrain and your own abilities
  • Practice setting up and breaking down your camp before you leave
  • Don't forget to pack enough food and water for the duration of your trip
  • Stay mindful of Leave No Trace principles and respect the environment you're passing through
  • Have fun and embrace the challenges that come with bike-packing!

Experience the Comfort and Compliance of Bike Packing with the Surly Ride

Surly is a bike brand that specializes in creating serious steel bikes for people who don't take themselves too seriously. They use size-specific tubesets, custom butting profiles, and proprietary forks to create a "Surly Ride" that is comfortable and compliant across all their bikes. Surly riders are a diverse group who value authenticity and cutting through the "bullshit" of marketing demographics. They welcome anyone to join as long as they are comfortable in their own skin and don't need to wear a uniform or kit to ride a Surly bike.

Learn more about Surly.


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