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    Hi there
    We run a cycling routes website for fun in the UK, and have just put up a 7/8 day coast to coast epic. Rather than just ride a MTb from one sea to the other, we thought that you may as well ride the best trails in the process. It's a bike packing epic - take a look at pedalnorth.com
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    Hello. Not new to mountain biking or mtbr, but I am new to bikepacking. I am thinking about preparing for a 1-3 day ride on the Black Canyon Trail in Arizona. Just starting to do some research to get started. I am thinking about going it alone, but not sure if that is a good idea (not sure I can get anyone to tag along). Anyway, I have a lot of time to prepare.

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    I'm here from Central Oh. Looking to learn, as I am absolute noob. Lots of free time, once I get started though

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    newbie here from Albany Oregon; looking to start doing overnighters and then maybe move up to longer rides/camping..
    gear is more what I'm looking at, especially cheaper alternatives lol
    looking to learn as well!

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    Rich from Julian, California (San Diego County)
    Just turned 60 so I am probably one of the oldest farts here!
    Been mountain biking since 1987 and have done numerous over nighters with racks and panniers, trailers etc.
    Always biked regularly but never any big mileage stuff. Heard about the Stagecoach 400 about one year ago now. Never thought I could complete it but trained for it just to see how far I could go. Surprisingly I finished it. One month later I was lining up for the Tour Divide. Was able to complete it and had the adventure of my life.
    Really into it now. bikepacking.net has been a great resource, but nice to have more than one forum out there.
    Next up is the AZT 750 which I think will make the Tour divide look like child's play!
    Would like to do the Colorado Trail Race but not this year. This sport is way too expensive!!
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    Hey Rich... Happy Birthday and congrats man! Some great photos here. Will have to check out your blog. What's written on your downtube? Oh, how'd the TDR go for you? I did it last year for my 50th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Speed View Post
    Hey Rich... Happy Birthday and congrats man! Some great photos here. Will have to check out your blog. What's written on your downtube? Oh, how'd the TDR go for you? I did it last year for my 50th.
    My Mother in Law passed away less than a week before the TD grand depart. I penned her name DOB and passing date on my downtube in her memory.
    I wondered if you were Phil but researching you, just another ex pat (ha ha!) I met Phil the second day out. What an adventure that was!
    Congrats on finishing it single speed. I rode quite a bit with Prentiss another single speeder. He was much stronger than me but my sissy gears really helped out. I rode single speed for a couple of years and really enjoyed it. Not man enough to go backpacking SS though.
    The TD was such an experience. I looked at your photos. Very nice!
    Your bags look top notch. Good luck with them.
    The pic above in Sedona is my wife, who has gotten the bug to get back on the bike after many years off. Got her a 29er hardtail so she can start bikepacking too.
    Perhaps we will meet some day.

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    Wow Rich... really sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. That's an amazing way to honor her. Now that I think about it, I seem to remember seeing your bike at the start.

    Phil... he's a good friend and teammate of mine. In fact, I just finished and boxed up a new frame bag for him today. Thanks for the well-wishes on the new venture. I really haven't started pushing the bags yet and the orders keep rolling in.

    Congrats on getting your wife out on the mtb. My wife is more of a roadie but at least she rides. I can't complain in that regard. She puts up with me doing things like the TDR and this year the Grenzstein Trophy along the old Iron Curtain route here in Germany.

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    Andy from The UK just registered on the site, I have a Facebook page showing bickpacking related stuff,
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    love your pictures !!
    Quote Originally Posted by richwolf View Post
    Rich from Julian, California (San Diego County)
    Just turned 60 so I am probably one of the oldest farts here!
    Been mountain biking since 1987 and have done numerous over nighters with racks and panniers, trailers etc.
    Always biked regularly but never any big mileage stuff. Heard about the Stagecoach 400 about one year ago now. Never thought I could complete it but trained for it just to see how far I could go. Surprisingly I finished it. One month later I was lining up for the Tour Divide. Was able to complete it and had the adventure of my life.
    Really into it now. bikepacking.net has been a great resource, but nice to have more than one forum out there.
    Next up is the AZT 750 which I think will make the Tour divide look like child's play!
    Would like to do the Colorado Trail Race but not this year. This sport is way too expensive!!

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    I'm just another random person on a bike really. I've long had mountain biking interests for the past 30 years, an outdoor enthusiast (camping) for the same length, and have recently looked into survivalist camping and rock climbing.

    Finally getting back into "getting in shape" after several years of camping out on the couch, rather than outside, so, I figure.. why not?

    edit: After wiki link clicking, and coming up to a survivalist page.. it seems that this term now relates to preppers / doomsday people. That is NOT what i'm referring to. What I'm actually into is going out into the wilderness, and putting myself into a survival situation (no shelter, no sleeping bag, no food, maybe a bottle of water), and getting back alive

    Got a Giant Revel 1, and I am slowly.. oh ever so slowly.. peicing together all the gear I could possibly need (Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to pack a 42" LCD HDTV, PS3, sat dish on a bike? Ok, I know.. thats a bit excessive ).

    I hail from SW/W Ohio (Dayton area), and have planned several trips throughout Ohio for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Looking forward to posting pics and videos!

    One thing I can see on the forums, is a sticky for a First Aid / Survival situations resources thread. Perhaps also a "use-specific" bike rating / opinion thread? (Cost, reliability, trail-repairability, general opinion of the bike, etc..). That should help those that are looking at getting a bike for this type of biking.
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    I live in central KY. After years of lurking on these forums for various bike-related info, I finally became an official user of the forums earlier this year after building up a trail bike, specifically for bikepacking trips and recreational trail rides at local and regional trails.

    Before I became obsessed with bikes back in 2004 or so, I was an avid hiker and backpacker, so I was already a bit of a gear hound with a love for being outside. It wasn't until around 2009 that I sold off a bunch of fancy road / track bike stuff for a Long Haul Trucker and got into the touring bug. I'm self employed, but pretty busy, so I cannot take too much time off for bike trips, so I like to keep it to overnights, or 2-3 day trips. I love riding rail trails and visiting the towns communities along them.

    Ever since Surly introduced the Troll I've wanted one, seeing it as the perfect off-road "camping bike", and that is also when I discovered the term "bikepacking". Again, I became obsessed with the concept. Now, after finally getting one and building up a decent initial bikepacking setup, I'll be making my first trips in April with a few friends.

    As for the forum, I would love to see more info about shorter 1-3 day trip options around the US, rugged rail trails (ones that aren't completely paved), and S24o's.

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    I live in Philadelphia, PA, and ride a Surly Troll, though not as much as I'd like. This fall/winter/spring I'm hoping to be in the Middle East, during which time I'm hoping to do a ride from Israel to Iraq...we'll see how that pans out. If I pull it off, it should be a ride to remember.

    In the meantime, I'm always looking for people to bikepack with; I don't have any friends in the area who do any more than short day rides. Any SE PA folk who'd want to join up for some on or off-road overnighters should hit me up...

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    Robert here! Been cycling forever. At one time or another european tours, cross state tours, lots of commuting, club rides, centuries. Went through a 4x4 rock crawling phase, still in a DS/ADV phase, especially urban dual sport. Just got back into cycling with a Surly Moonlander and a sharp focus on getting out into the urban woods close enough to the house that we can ride there, then playing with various gear once we get there. Sort of urban adventuring, light. Ha ha!

    Also looking forward to catching up on the forum and following along on future adventures.

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    I am surprised I missed this part of the forum until now.

    I'm Greg and the Mule is a 2013 Motobecane Elite Trail.

    I recently went from a Subie OBW to the bike for my only method of transportation, so I have been having to rethink a lot of things, one of which is my bug out/camping equipment. So I am at the beginning of my efforts. I will say, I like what I have seen and certainly enjoy the home made section as I am currently tight on my budget and do what I can with what I have, afford, barter and trade for.

    One of my efforts of home made equipment. Total cost - $2 (hardware bought and from an earlier project)
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    The pictures posted here will certainly keep my creative spark going.

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    those ought to hold plenty of gear, and help keep the weight low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    those ought to hold plenty of gear, and help keep the weight low.
    So far I have loaded them down filled with groceries with no issues and 100% waterproof (lids not shown). I used three gallon food grade buckets and insulated cable mounts from Harbor freight.

    I am working on getting a frame mount rack that will increase my load by 35#.

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    I live in Northern Nevada. This forum? I'm loving everything I am seeing. Gear,grades,grandiose dreams being realized. This is such the way to live and love. Preparation is meeting places, people and the pavement is only optional! ( actually quite sandy where I live)

    Black Ops Pugs w/Revelate bags. More on way. Thinking some Bedrock bags too.
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    Answering the Roll

    This forum - I'm really enjoying it. Ride a Salsa Fargo in fun-guy green and also a Surly Troll in black. I'm also a roadie, but really I just love me some bike. Also building a Salsa Mukluk I learn stuff every time I get on this forum - what to pack, where to ride, how to do something to my bikes, the good stuff just keeps coming. Maybe some more sources for maps and good stuff along those lines. It's really nice to have experienced folks who have done some of this and are willing to help those of us who are less knowledgable.

    Over all - great place to learn and share!!!

    Did you see that guy? Seriously!!??

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    Complete newbie here. Eric from Georgetown, Texas.
    I have done one S24O to a local park here. More of a fleshing out of how all this works trip. Loved it.
    really wantot do a BP trip in Az.
    90% of all the land in Texas is privately owned. The only place to do a multi-night BP trip is in the Big Bend NP/St. Parks. Pretty to some extent but.....
    So any trip I take will have to be out of state.
    First BP trip planned is for June of next year (2014) Begin and end at Jacob Lake (on the kaibab Plateau) rounding around Rainbow Rim down to North Rim then up the AZT back to Jacob Lake.
    I have an old (1996) Trek ST-120. Think Trek "Y" frame from back then but in aluminum tube form. Single pivot URT (unified Rear Triangle)...yea baby! <--- total sarcasm.

    It sucks. bounce bounce bounce bounce... and that's on flat pavement!

    I am thinking of 'converting' by Kona Sutra....fattest tires I can put on there and just go with that until I can ave enough coin to buy a Krampas/Fargo something of the ilk.

    Until then though, I shall lurk here and learn as much as possible.
    Don't look for me to post a lot at least until I feel I have something worthy of sharing and can be of some benefit.

    Thanks for reading.

    Bikepack on.

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    Hey don't forget about Palo Duro State Park. I have never been, but apparently it has some great riding and they do allow backcountry camping in one area of the park. Its on my list, coming from Albuquerque.

    I know also some folks have posted either here or in bikepacking.net about bikepacking around Houston (which I realize isn't that close to you).

    Lastly, there is Big City Bikerafts which rents packrafts and may also have some tips on places in your area of Texas to go bikepacking (they in Dallas/Fort Worth). They seem like cool guys.

    I've got a good number of friends and family in your neck of the woods - Georgetown, Hillsboro, Waxahatchie and Dallas. No riders, though.

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    Welcome to the Bikepacking Forum - roll call

    Hi, happy bill from Delaware.
    Still a novice bike camper, but 25 years on bikes.
    Getting ready for my first overnighter multi day trip on the tow path to Pittsburgh. 5 days and 355 miles. Yes it's just rails to trails but you have to start somewhere.

    And shows like ride the divide are my insperiation. That and reading all you people do here.

    Bill

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    Cut paste from my intro (general forum) moment ago.
    I like the way this forum is heading......
    Hey all,,,,,,
    "new" yet, not so much. I was a member here, many,many years ago.
    My name is Bill, born in 1961. I enjoy all outdoor activities including flyfishing & tying (hardcore/avid), kayaking,camping,bomb fires with friends,hiking,etc.
    "Tinman" - chosen as for many years I was a union "tin knocker"- tin smith,sheet metal worker/fabricator in the skilled trades. These day's I am a outside/field sales rep for a manufacturer. I have two wonderful children, one out of college and working and one in and studying.

    I live on the WNY/Pa border near Chautauqua Lake NY

    I started MTB'in in the early 90's in a single track/deer trail utilitarian manner with a steel Diamondback Ascent, Maz. XC-400 S.Fork,Granny gear gog and utility racks. I purchased it new and just traded it for 75 bucks/trade in but,,,,,,,,,,,,may have to get it back as I already miss it ..........funny how that goes.

    I am interested in ATB bikes,adventure touring, bike packing,exploration,endurance,fitness to coffee house run's in commuter mode and some good tunes

    Currently, My fav. day trip rides are on on fire roads,forest service, gravel grinder, double track and rural country pavement.

    I am not a bike mechanic but, love to tinker in my garage, take pride in doing things myself...............

    I am not into bicycle mags but, I do enjoy Bicycle Times these days, purchased at grocery news stand..........

    For the most part I will be posting in the back packing section.

    Enjoy the outdoors.........

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    Could someone please tell me what S240 means???

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    That's it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ads-bully View Post
    Could someone please tell me what S240 means???
    Sub-24 Hour Overnight (S24O) trips.

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    Thanks for the link woody... That explained it nicely.. Cheers all for the reply

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    Welcome to the Bikepacking Forum - roll call-dsc0126.jpg

    Hi everyone.
    New to bikepacking and not sure whether I should be posting here or not, anyway I hope someone can help me out.

    I did my first, nearly two weeks tour this year (roughly 1000km) and found my new saddle bag torn where it was touching/rubbing the seatpost. The bag was almost always packed up with around 3kg of stuff.
    The tear most likely was caused by the rubbing combination of plastic internal inserts (that holds the bag walls from expanding in this area) and my baggy shorts, while pedalling.

    It is slightly worrying that the new bag developed this tear in, what it feels like, very tough fabric.
    Have you come across a similar problem? and did you come up with a solution to avoid it?
    Do you own a saddle bag that last and last, no matter the mileage?

    Your comments will be appreciated.
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    Welcome, Greg.

    A bit off the thread topic, yes, but...

    I would try to extract that insert and trim it back. If that's impractical (or in addition), the fabric can be reinforced with SeamGrip tent seam sealer or Plasti-Dip rubber tool handle coating. Both are brush-on products (don't get the spray Plasti-Dip). PD is a little thicker and less runny. Less than ten bucks US for either.

    Performix Brand Plasti Dip-11603-6 at The Home Depot

    Gear Aid Seam Grip Seam Sealer at REI.com

    Cheers...

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    Hi Greg, I'm not sure what brand the bag is but it isn't really that surprising, to me, to see the hard plastic cutting through the Cordura. That's actually kind of an odd place to put a stiffener for exactly that reason. If the seat bags have them, they're usually on the top or the bottom not on the sides. Imagine how much pressure is on the edge of that plastic when the bag is loaded, you're riding and it's bouncing and vibrating constantly. Almost any material would give way pretty quickly under those circumstances.

    If possible, I would consider removing the stiffeners and if it actually needs something, I would look at a thin (2-3 mm) but stiff foam of some sort.

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    What a great thread. I hope some of you might be interested in this 300 mile tour/race for next spring that goes through the Los Padres National Forest. Here is the website. The full gpx route will be up by the end of November (or sooner!). Parts of the route can be downloaded already on the website:

    Tour *De *Los *Padres - Home

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdold View Post
    I'm new to mtbr.com and this forum. I'd like to see some information on multi-day rides in the Colorado area. Also, suggestions on packs/panniers/bags for the bike.
    Hello, you have the Colorado Trail, part of The Great Divide Bike Trail, the Grand Loop near Grand Junction, the Kokopelli Trail...lots of options. Have fun!

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    Glad to see the Bikepacking forum after numerous requests many years ago!

    In August 2002, did the Great Pacific Coast Escape on my Klein w/BOB trailer and had a fantastic time even carrying enough extra equipment to supply a few riders probably. (2,129 miles in 27 days) Reprise the same trip in October 2011 with the same amount of gear as in 2002 and the same Klein/Bob setup. Made it from Tacoma to Astoria and was taken out by firewood falling off a car trailer in a turn and crashing myself and Klein/BOB into the ditch. Wheel rebuild in Astoria at the campground and a few more days on the bike before a knee injury from the crash precluded use of pedaling with both legs and all the heavy gear. One-legged cycling rest of the coast was not an option after trying for three days. I caught public transportation from the coast to Portland and the train back to Tacoma and put the bikes away for a few years and ignored the bicycle forums.

    Since then given my business (way too many hours), move to Arizona (warmer temps!) and a vacation from the bicycle world -- time to start preparing for new adventures with lighter equipment and a new 29er bike upcoming and physical rehab/training to get past the tendonitis issues with the knee now. Camping gear has already been pared down from 18lbs (tent/pad/sleeping/cooking) to 3.7lbs and a fraction of the volume. No desire to bring BOB with in the future and that is more weight that will be history as well. In 2011, the bikepacking world was just starting and I'm glad to see it has generated enthusiasm as hoped and a trail system of its own. I know there is another 30-day Pacific Coast trip that I'd HAVE to do again (its been bugging me since the day I had to quit the previous trip) -- as well as some great trail systems in Arizona for shorter length multi-day rides.

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    I guess I'm a lurker. Always interested in the idea of bikepacking. I always been involved in some sort of racing. Lately triathlons. Last weeked sliced my foot open on a zebra mussel at a race. So i spent the week on Netflix and the internet. So at age 54 I want to slow the pace down.
    I live near Rochester, NY and want to try some overnight rides using the Erie Canal Trailway. My wife evan wants to get in a try. And I really, love the look of the MTBs with all bags......

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    Hi, Alasdair from Scotland here.

    I'm a Highland Trail Race 550 finisher (as of the end of May), looking for my next challenge. I'm looking at the TD at some point in my life, but it's more a case of finding the time than anything else. I do a fair bit of bivvying in Scotland, have done a few multi-day rides but the HTR was the biggest I've done so far. I'd recommend it for 2015 if you like walking with your bike...

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    Just wanted to say hello! New here! I'm Carrie. Haven't gone touring but ready to live the dream.

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    Welcome!

    I guess I should say hi too because I didn't.

    My name is Christian, I live in Vancouver, BC, and I'm an Aries. I enjoy gazing at the stars and sitting out on the dock in the pouring rain because I like the sound of rain hitting the water's surface. I commute and travel by bike and my current project involves turning a Montague Paratrooper into a serviceable, all-purpose machine.

    Hiiiiiii.
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    Hey there. Thought I'd chime in... I poke around these cavernous threads every now and again. In case you haven’t seen the latest addition to our site, Pedaling Nowhere, the Bikepacking Routes section is a growing list of contributions from several dirt pioneers. Each is complete with GPS, logistics info, and photography. Check it out... many more routes and new functionality coming soon (hoping to have a map-based navigation up and running toward the end of the month). Also, many more US routes soon.

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    I'm Nico. I live in Santa Barbara County, CA. I'm relatively new to mountain biking in general (~3+ yrs) but have been enjoying using the bike as a means to expand my opportunities for exploring my local area (Los Padres National Forest mostly). I'm a long time backpacker and am well versed in UL backpacking techniques/gear, so I jumped right into the bikepacking thing as soon as I bought my first mountain bike. Its been a great way to combine my enjoyment of multiday trips in the backcountry with the fun of riding a bike.

    At the moment, I'm riding a Surly Ogre with a suite of Revelate bags, although I'll occasionally swap them out for a rack and panniers if its more of a fire road leisure trip with some extra luxuries thrown in.

    I mainly come to this forum to glean insight on trip ideas, tips, and general bike knowledge (parts, maintenance, repair, etc.) as it relates to dirt touring, bikepacking, etc. I hope to branch out in the coming years and travel to some other destinations in the American SW for multi-day trips as I become a better and stronger rider.

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    Hola, greetings from Buenos Aires!!!
    I´m a photographer soon to be bikepacking South America (making & printing family portraits for those you´ve none).

    I´m willing to upgrade my ride (old Kona Cowan) for my bikepacking adventure and want to hear fellow riders´opinions/setups, as well as get inspired by other Adventures



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    I have been lurking around the MTBR forums for a while. Bikepacked back in 1999 257 road miles in five days state park to state park in Florida riding a fully rigid Cannondale MTB with rear rack and panniers.

    Now I am riding a Fully rigid Nimble 9 and I am prepping her for the Idaho Hot springs 500 this summer. Alfine 11 on Velocity Blunt 35mm rim on the back, SP Pd-8 Dyno hub on the front the the Blunt 35 with some Kenda 2.2 Honey Badgers. A Supernova Plug III will handle my charging needs with a 7500ma external battery pack.

    Still working on getting bags. A full frame pack, large seat bag and a handlebar set up just havn't decided on which yet. I am thinking Zpacks Duplex for shelter. Lightweight yet not confining with full netting (which I will need here in Ga) as well as full size doors on both sides that can be opened for views and ventilation.

    So I will keep reading and learning from all of you as I prepare for what I hope is just the first of many more trips.

    Ward

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    Hey! I am Clint in Connecticut, am looking for fellow bikepackers in New England, I have done a couple light overnights, interested in doing more in New england, so anyone who wants to, or just has good info on multi-day singletrack rides in New ENgland hit me up here:
    860 992-2441 is best

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    Hey am Clint in Connecticut, have done a couple overnighters, am looking for others, as well as singletrack route in New England for multi-day trips, hit me up at 860 992-2441

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    Went out this weekend for my first solo wild camp and loved it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM3B84s7t_Y

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    Hey all. New to bike-packing, but not new to biking, backpacking, or camping. In my youth, did the whole Boy Scouts thing: hike in, set up camp, head out the next day. The most fun I ever had was cross-country skiing and packing. Did some 3-4 day jaunts as a young'n in the UP, the Mitten, and all over Ohio (back when we had real winters in Ohio)

    Later on in life, met my sister and hiked about 3 days worth of the AT through the Smokey Mts as she thru-hiked the whole thing.

    The whole time I had rode BMX and singletrack. Recently getting back into MTB and thought that I would combine my love of all activities.

    Live in Ohio, and would really like to bike pack areas around the Great Lakes region! Any trail suggestions? Any good ideas/places for 2-3 day adventures? Planning on getting a Surly ECR here in the coming weeks. Down the road would also like to see parts of NE, and Canada this way. Especially looking forward to doing winter jaunts as well as winter is my most favorite time to do any thing outside!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    Hey all. New to bike-packing, but not new to biking, backpacking, or camping. In my youth, did the whole Boy Scouts thing: hike in, set up camp, head out the next day. The most fun I ever had was cross-country skiing and packing. Did some 3-4 day jaunts as a young'n in the UP, the Mitten, and all over Ohio (back when we had real winters in Ohio)

    Later on in life, met my sister and hiked about 3 days worth of the AT through the Smokey Mts as she thru-hiked the whole thing.

    The whole time I had rode BMX and singletrack. Recently getting back into MTB and thought that I would combine my love of all activities.

    Live in Ohio, and would really like to bike pack areas around the Great Lakes region! Any trail suggestions? Any good ideas/places for 2-3 day adventures? Planning on getting a Surly ECR here in the coming weeks. Down the road would also like to see parts of NE, and Canada this way. Especially looking forward to doing winter jaunts as well as winter is my most favorite time to do any thing outside!!
    North Country Trail, TransMichigan, and the High Country Pathway are three awesome opportunities near you.

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    Awesome! I will add these to my list....
    "It's about having pointless fun in the woods...." - Walt
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    Howdy!

    I'm the FNG because it's been several years since I used this forum and my old email is long gone... but:

    Just getting into Bikepacking with my buddies, so for me, tips, gear advice (bike and the camping part) and great trips/routes!

    Now that I have $600 invested in bags, it is time for my fat ass to use them!

    Hal

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    Trying this Again...

    Hopefully this won't post twice...

    I am just getting back into really riding after a few years off, so many that I lost my old login to this site and the email I used is long dead, so I start from scratch as a newb! Anyhow, my buddies and I are getting into bikepacking and so for me, anything that has to do with gear reviews (bikes, camping gear, shelters, etc) and rides (1 nighters and multi-day) is great.

    I just dropped $600 on bags so I need to sell my single speed and get my fat butt out there on this rig as much as possible to justify it!

    Glad to be here...

    Hal

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