Go On The Ultimate Adventure
Put simply, bikepacking is a blend of mountain biking, long rides and camping. It's a way to take mountain biking, gravel rides, and off-road adventures and extend them into multi-day trips. Picture it like combining the serene backcountry access of backpacking with the thrill of your best mountain biking adventure and extending that fun over several days. Bicycles are the ultimate adventure vehicle. They are human powered and fueled by your favorite snack. Bikepacking amplifies the fun of the adventure with the satisfaction of human power.
Picking Your First Bikepacking Bike
You don't have to be a pro or save up for months to get into bikepacking. It's a common misconception that bikepacking requires a ton of expensive gear to get started. Often, the best bike to begin with is the bike you already have. Whether it's a mountain bike, a cyclocross bike or something in between, a bike you already know is a great place to start.
Hardtail Mountain Bikes
The classic hardtail mountain bike has been with us since the 70's. These bikes are built to take a beating. They are equipped with a front-suspension on the fork to absorb trail vibrations. The stiff frame gives you more pedal efficiency on climbs and more speed on flat or paved sections of trail. Hardtail mountain bikes are a great all-around choice.
Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
For rides that are more technical, full suspension is your best bet. With from and rear suspension, the bikes handling is enhanced by having increased contact with the trail. Much like the hardtail's front suspension, the rear suspension tail absorbs a heavy amount of trial vibrations. This allows you to tackle rocky terrain with ease, uphill or down.
These bikes live up to their name with heavy duty 3 inch wide tires. This increased size gives these bikes the best traction available on a bicycle. You could tackle any terrain in any condition - mud, loose gravel, even snow. These are true all-terrain vehicles. They come in both hardtail and full suspension models.
Some rides require long distance and long hours in the saddle. For these rides, gravel bikes are the best option. Designed to be a combination of cyclocross and road bicycle, these bikes are made for speed and handling. Gravel bikes take the best of pavement and off-road design and combine them into a multi-terrain bike that can handle any trail put before it.