Bikepacking

Bikepacking is picking up popularity in our post-covid, pro-environmentally friendly social climate. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be rich in order to venture out for bikepacking fun. Lots of people ride solo while others prefer to bring a partner along. What matters most is getting the conditions right, preparing your bike properly and putting intelligent thought into your travels. From checking your gravel or mountain bike chainrings to mapping out the best route, we will explore some key points to consider.

 

Types of Bike

 

Bikepacking involves cycling on all types of terrain, however off-road cycling is a central part of this kind of hobby. As such, you will need a bike that is built to handle rough terrain, such as a gravel or mountain bike. While it is possible to enjoy a bikepacking adventure on a road bike, it does make the excursion more difficult for you, so we recommend using a gravel or mountain bike. Chain rings, the cassette and other main parts of the bike should all be checked a few days before your scheduled foray into the great outdoors.

 

Be Prepared

 

Ultimately, all the components that make up your bike must be in good condition because bikepacking normally takes place in off-road locations that are not close by to shops, people passing by or in close proximity to emergency services. For this reason, a first-aid kit should be packed alongside the trusty puncture repair kit. Both your personal and bike safety should be prioritised before you set out for a bikepacking adventure. Don’t let experience give you a false sense of self-confidence either – order any replacement components in good time and tend to your bike a few days before you set out.

 

If you have any questions or want to enquire about any of our road, gravel or mountain bike parts, please contact us via our website.