Bikepacking on a Budget

cyclist on mountain bike at sunrise

The freedom of the open road, the thrill of self-sufficiency, and the breathtaking scenery – bikepacking offers a unique way to experience cycling. But the initial investment in gear can seem daunting. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can embark on an unforgettable bikepacking trip without emptying your pockets.

Gear Up (Without Gearing Out)

You don’t need the latest, high-end bike model for bikepacking; a sturdy road bike, gravel bike, or even a mountain bike can be your trusty steed. Invest in some good quality tires suitable for the terrain you’ll be tackling. You can also save money by ditching the fancy bikepacking bags, and repurposing a backpack with bungee cords to carry your essentials. For minimalist protection whilst fair-weather camping, consider a lightweight tarp and a hammock instead of an expensive tent.

Upgrade Your Ride, Enhance Your Journey

While keeping costs low is key, there are some areas where a strategic upgrade can significantly improve your bikepacking experience.

  • Comfort Components: A comfortable ride makes all the difference on long journeys; invest in a good quality saddle and grips to avoid aches and pains.
  • Chain rings & Cranks: Heavily used chain rings and cranks can lead to frustrating breakdowns on the road. Consider replacing your chain rings and cranks for smooth gear changes and efficient pedalling.
  • Brakes: Reliable stopping power is crucial, especially when loaded down with gear. Upgrading your brake pads or even the entire braking system can ensure safe descents.

Replacement Bike Components

At BETD, we offer a wide range of high-quality replacement bike components at competitive prices. Whether you need new chain rings, cranks or spare derailleur hangers, we have everything you need to get your bike ready for your next adventure. Visit our website to explore our extensive selection, or contact us today for advice on finding the perfect parts to elevate your budget bikepacking trip.