• 02-02-2012
    fc
    Welcome to the Bikepacking Forum - roll call
    I think the time has come.

    Who are you and what do you want to see in this forum?
  • 02-02-2012
    SelfPropelledDevo
    Devian Gilbert
    2010 (i think) Banff to Butte, MN in 7 days at my attempt for the Tour Divide.
    I've done a fair amount of "bike packing", etc...
    my ride of choice is a custom Hunter 29er

    what to see in the forum?

    gear is always a hot topic.

    actual domestic places to ride and camp is a commodity worth highlighting, especially in these economic times.

    explicit and tacit knowledge of the craft.
    this is to say- explicit: technical data and specific procedures of how to use.
    tacit: the experience of the "doing".

    a lot of bike packing comes down to being able to actually use the gear, knock out the miles, not get hurt, and crunch the numbers to achieve the goals.

    however... the tacit side of the craft is your own personal inner journey. I suppose an analogy would be something like... do you really need to carry a tent and thermarest inflatable mattress. Maybe your own personal being can be such that "the yoga, or asana" that you can engage, is such that you can simply lay on the ground and go to sleep.

    maybe you don't need to carry a stove because you are proficient in micro-twig fires, etc...

    francis: good on you for bringing the Bike Packing Forum to MTBR!

    in the world of bicycles, we have touring.
    in the united states we have the Tour Divide.
    out of the bike packing world, I firmly believe that "touring" will never be the same.

    devo
  • 02-02-2012
    AZ
    Here to learn, hopefully make some worthy contributions. Ride the Divide is the goal. Thanks for the forum Francis.
  • 02-02-2012
    SlowerThenSnot
    Dave Nice here
    5 time divide starter... yet to finish

    done most of the ctr just not in one wack

    KTR

    lotsa dirt road exploring in AZ, CO, UT, WY, MT, NM

    Most of the time ride fixed

    Just love being way out there weather its dirt roads or single track

    happy to share my .02
  • 02-02-2012
    nubcake
    Chris Murray

    Aspiring CTR racer for this year and maybe TD next if CTR goes well. Also hope to do an extended family tour in a few years. I just like the long slow burn.

    I just hope to learn from those who have been there, done that.
  • 02-02-2012
    sfuller
    I'd be interested in hearing about camping, cooking and survival skills. Gear is good to, but how to travel light and still be able to survive, eat, and handle emergencies t is something I don't recall seeing a lot of discussion about.
  • 02-02-2012
    Outsider
    Finally the forum that has been missing for so long. This will probably be the most interesting forum, along with the fatbike forum, for me.

    I'm a forty year old, from Finland on the top of Europe, an ordinary weekend warrior with thirty nights out last year.

    Trip reports, techniques, gear and general subject related discussions will probably be the main contents of this forum and that is fine by me.
  • 02-03-2012
    ranier
    ranier - currently in Germania but heading back to CONUS this year

    I did a couple weekenders with a tarp and lightweight sleeping bag. Very bare bones and only in nice weather (read: no rain). Looking to glean some knowledge from other experienced bikepackers.

    Thanks for the new forum francois!
  • 02-03-2012
    ImaFred
    Las Vegas, Nv for me. I've only been doing this for a few months (3 outings so far :) ) so really looking forward to the discussions on gear and the trip reports especially the ones from az, ca, nv, and ut.
  • 02-03-2012
    rusheleven
    Here!

    Ready to see some gear reviews and setups.

    Hoping to learn lots and provide what I can.
  • 02-03-2012
    woody.1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Here to learn, hopefully make some worthy contributions. Ride the Divide is the goal. Thanks for the forum Francis.

    Same as above.
    I will be at the start June 8th, 2012 for 'The Tour Divide Race". I am a 53 year old rookie and I have been reading everything I can find on it so keep it coming.

    I have done worldwide bike tours; Tibet, Northern India, Nepal, and Peru.

    My ride is a 2010 Moots Mooto-X Ybb.

    Gear reviews with photos of bike setup would be great as well

    And again thanks Francis.

    Woody
  • 02-03-2012
    rockcrusher
    Awesome! My riding buddies and I have always bandied about the idea of an overnighter on the AZ trail, which being family guys is always a bit difficult to coordinate and being in AZ means summer is out of the question but perhaps I can learn from this forum enough to get us all out and back!

    I subscribed to the entire forum. See what I can learn, thanks FC!
  • 02-03-2012
    TobyGadd
    I'm here to learn, share, and otherwise delve into the joys of bikepacking. I'm a 2010 CTR finisher, a 2011 CTR non-finisher, and a 2011 Kokopelli 24-hour finisher. I'm never going to win a bikepacking race, but I train and ride for the adventure and enlightenment that can be found by pushing hard into the unknown. Thanks to Francis for opening up a new forum!
  • 02-03-2012
    kray
    I would be interested in knowing some weekend warrior type places to go, including "must-see" spots. Also, some family friendly (i.e. can tow a trailer with a youngin') spots. I move around a lot and want to raise my kids in the outdoors.

    Maybe a best locations by region type of thing?
  • 02-03-2012
    DenisVTT
    Denis aka Ze Diesel.

    - Bikepacking adventures:

    - 2011: Tour Divide. From Antelope Wells, NM to Banff, AB. Finished 2nd of the northbound race. Pics here: https://picasaweb.google.com/dchazel...011Day1ToDay13 and here: https://picasaweb.google.com/dchazel...1Day14ToFinish

    - 2009: Cross the French Alps. 500 miles, 10 days. Pics: https://picasaweb.google.com/dchazelle/Alps2009

    - 2008: Cross the Jura Mountains and the French Alps. 800 miles, 17 days. Some pics here:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/dchazel...heAlpsDay6To10
    https://picasaweb.google.com/dchazel...TheAlpsDay1To5

    - 2007: Southern part of the Great Divide route, from Antelope Wells, NM to Cuba, NM. 600 miles, 10 days. Pics: https://picasaweb.google.com/dchazel...ivideNewMexico

    - 2005: Cross the Central Mountains of France. 500 miles, 10 days. We had some car support so I'm not sure it qualifies as pure bikepacking.

    Bikes:

    - Niner MCR (aka Froggy). Was my TD bike.
    - Ventana El Rey
    - Gary Fisher Rig

    Currently living in the MD burbs of Washington DC. Gnarly, rocky east coast riding whenever not bikepacking.

    PS: used to be a longtime semi-lurker under another name but this new forum got my interest rekindled.
  • 02-03-2012
    Go Kart Motzart
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    First, I want to thank Francois for creating the new forum. Second, thanks to bikepacking.net for drawing so much attention to the sport and creating a venue for me to learn and live vicariously through others adventures the last few years.

    I've only done two quick overnighters but I hope to expand on that this year but even if I can't, the planning and daydreaming are pretty fun, too.
  • 02-03-2012
    Stosh (Canada)
    Bikepacking
    Francois Thank you for the new forum.

    Only a couple of overnighters back in the mists of time Before Children. But a desire to read and learn for the future when the children have left.

    Stosh
  • 02-03-2012
    plantdude
    Never done any off road bikepacking (but lots of ultralight backpacking). I often do day-long adventures and want to lengthen them into multi-days trips. I'm Interested in places to explore this "discipline" within reasonable distance from the bay area.

    Given the surge of interest in events, bikes/gear, and threads, it seems like a good time to start this forum.
  • 02-03-2012
    campredcloudbikes
    Jeremy Cleaveland (jeremy11 over on bikepacking.net)
    Some adventures and custom bikepacking bag stuff can be found through the link in my signature.

    CTR is high on my radar for 2012... but we'll see... gotta work up to that one or just start and see what happens. I did the last 120 miles in 39 hours last August. Hardest ride of my life...

    Nowadays I'm just into Mechanical Enginerd school about neck deep.... but am a daily bike commuter (14+ miles/day).

    This should be a fun forum. Trip reports, gear setups, etc.
  • 02-03-2012
    dream4est
    This forum has been overdue since 2004, when the coverage here of the Great Divide Race basically started the sport.

    We have Bikepacking.net, and now we have an MTBR forum. Great. I feel this forum will be the most popluar one here before long.

    Finished the CTR twice. AZT 750 once. AZT 300 once.ITT'd the CT in 2008. Failed in the CTR once. Failed the Grand Loop three times. A lot of practice runs and overnighters as well.

    My store in Idaho Springs, CO sells the only all-natural mineral oil-free chamois cream on the market (Geronimo Pain Cream). It doubles as a super strong pain cream. It was specifically designed for bikepack races.

    I am planning to finish the AZT 750 again in April. It is a very rare jewel and as hard a race as one can imagine. The Grand Canyon hike is off the charts difficult.
  • 02-04-2012
    donmeredith74
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    Roll Call - South Carolina
    Glad to see we finally have a dedicated forum. I'm looking forward to seeing and sharing adventures!

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  • 02-04-2012
    willapajames
    Long time backpacker (AT thru-hike in 2000), even longer-time cyclist (did my first mtb racing in the early 90's), but oddly enough, only combined the two on a few short occasions, many years ago. Time that ought to change!

    I'd like to see local trips. I live in Vermont, and I've been trying to think of some fun multi-day offroad trips, but there just aren't that many long stretches of trail up here. Plenty of dirt road though... need to do more exploring this year...
  • 02-04-2012
    pimpbot
    This
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by francois View Post
    I think the time has come.

    Who are you and what do you want to see in this forum?

    Is.

    AWESOME!!

    Thanks for building this forum, Francois!!

    I was checking out bikepacking.net, but seem to always forget it's there.

    I nominate SelfPropelledDevo for moderator, if he's willing. :thumbsup::D

    Me, I've never done an overnight bikepacking trip. I've just been reading, gathering info, and I did a couple of fully loaded test rides. Cinderella in JMP is a blast when loaded up with 20 pounds of gear, no suspension and rim brakes, I'll tell 'ya.

    I'm hoping to do an overnighter from home to Mt. Diablo when the weather warms up and the trails dry out a bit. When I gain more confidence, I'll do a multi-nighter.

    Here's one of my test runs, grossly overpacking :eek::D

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pXBoIPxf-LhE2gO6IN1jBtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsi te"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-w5E0JKJcFEU/SGhpxaQ2LCI/AAAAAAAACKE/Qfs1rAikcoY/s800/IMG_0186.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/g2VqFIR3P_T0L-2610Ouv9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite">< img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-GbPJB4l_BsY/SGhp1x-N8WI/AAAAAAAACKs/oZiijYd4V8c/s800/IMG_0191.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a>
  • 02-04-2012
    Wild Wassa
    G'day. My name is Warren Hudson, I'm from Oz.

    Exploring where I live on the Southern Tablelands, I find most enjoyable. In this neck-of-the-bush it is reasonably hilly. I've no concept of what riding long distances on flat ground is like because I cant see over the Great Dividing Range.

    One day I might make it into the desert, which covers about 3/4 of the Continent of Australia. Until then I'l keep hiking the bike along the old trails of the Divide.

    My set-up is designed for unsupported touring, for up to 8 weeks at a time. This has come about because there tends to be (for much of the time) no where to adequately resupply. One of the joys of off-road touring here is that there are few people. I always tour solo because I enjoy doing photography ... photography takes time.






    What would I like to see on the Forum? ... what you guys see.


    Warren.
  • 02-04-2012
    grandsalmon
    More thanks Francis for getting forum up!

    Mr T. Henderson here, and I am a Bikepacking, Bike Expedition nut:

    As I have said before, it is actually pretty natural to add some extra gear, and spend a night or two+ on your mountain bike. I live right on the border of Tahoe National Forest, between two rivers, and have spent many an overnight- either along the water or up on a ridge, or both. There is virtually no limit to the distance I want to ride. When in another country, I just look for the same thing- what a way to see new places, and cultures. Adventure always guaranteed, and never a question on how I am spending my time on this Earth.


    One of my favorites was a single nighter on the Tiger Leaping Gorge Trail China.
    I'll never doubt my wanderlust ever again.



    Back pack is filled w only my 2.5 lb sleeping bag, and my down jacket, lazily unstuffed. Just in case you thought that was a huge load; too many lbs will just kill your shoulders-



    Looking forward to everybody else's bikepacking experiences!
  • 02-04-2012
    Bearbait
    Hi there,
    Eric Parsons, the guy who runs Revelate Designs.
    Nice job making the new forum, Hopefully it can inspire people to just get out more. From spending a night out and having to go to work the next morning, to thinking outside the box and planning new routes.

    I think it would be great if there were more of a focus on experiences and trip reports. Every forum it seems is overly geeked out on gear these days. Sharing of knowledge is important of course but more riding and photos please...





  • 02-05-2012
    Singlespeedpunk
    Alex from the UK here.

    Long time bikepacker and Welsh Ride Thing entrant (1 and 3rd year) although I have been doing short tours on a bike for years.

    My stag (bachelor) ride was the length of Wales over 4 days with the best man and good friend. In 2010 I an Cruz Missile bikepacked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal (Tea Houses rock!) Last trip was across France to Belgium to the Euro Singlespeed champs :)

    I love the kit and planning almost as much as the ride it's self...ask to see my spreadsheets :D

    SSP
  • 02-07-2012
    jmmUT
    Woo-Hooo! Bikepacking forum finally here!
    I started bikepacking in Northern AZ when me and my SO at the time realized we didn't care all that much for the slow grind of backpacking. So we thought, why not our bikes? So I started singletracking and gravel grinding. I now like doing short mixed terrain touring trips.

    I've always done it singlespeed but am putting 8 speeds on my mixed bike this spring since the low gear needed for steep dirt doesn't do so well on pavement

    My first rig, 2007 SE Stout typical level of gear:


    My current rig, Spot Brand Highline on an overloaded trip to T-ride Bluegrass:
  • 02-07-2012
    zahgurim
    I'm looking forward to seeing some pretty inspiring trip reports, and seeing what other people are all running for setups.

    I think there's potential here for this forum to show more passion than the Passion forum...
  • 02-07-2012
    random walk
    Great idea on this thread, thanks.

    Frank here from San Diego.

    Llllooonnnggg time backpacker. Zero time bikepacker. Like others, I would love to do the divide.

    Looking for places, ride reports, and discussion on bikepacking-specific gear.
  • 02-07-2012
    Harold
    finally got this forum started. yay! have long wanted to do some bikepacking, but haven't managed to pull it off yet. I almost managed a trip to AR last spring, but the weather halted those plans (I was not flexible enough to just move the trip).

    I'll get one of these trips organized eventually. I have most of the gear - I would only need a couple of on-bike bags to spread the load a bit, but my gear is light enough I could probably make it with just a pack.
  • 02-07-2012
    mike5krnr
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    Mike here, hope to learn about gear choices. My bike of choice is my rigid Rock Lobster 29er with a BOB Ibex trailer as needed.
    "Gunner" goes on some of my travels as well....
  • 02-08-2012
    jan_nikolajsen
    Family of three here in SE Utah.



  • 02-08-2012
    random walk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mike5krnr View Post
    Mike here, hope to learn about gear choices. My bike of choice is my rigid Rock Lobster 29er with a BOB Ibex trailer as needed.
    "Gunner" goes on some of my travels as well....

    The only thing more awesome than your setup is your traveling companion.
  • 02-08-2012
    woody.1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    The only thing more awesome than your setup is your traveling companion.

    +1
    That guy doesn't look like he likes it in there and I'm sure the pup is a running machine.

    I have a GSP and his name is "Gunnar"

    Woody
  • 02-08-2012
    poconomtbiker
    I am just a guy who loves riding and reading all about the great places and challenges you can do on a bike. I don't do any long multi day trips, but, man I love to read about it and dream of the day I have time to do it.
  • 02-08-2012
    jmmUT
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by poconomtbiker View Post
    I am just a guy who loves riding and reading all about the great places and challenges you can do on a bike. I don't do any long multi day trips, but, man I love to read about it and dream of the day I have time to do it.

    Hopefully the thread gives you the drive to at least get out for a night or weekend!:thumbsup:
  • 02-08-2012
    Bill in Houston
    i have backpacked some and enjoyed it. i am here for a few things.
    -where in my area could i do a bikepacking trip?
    -figure out how to do it on the cheap (no, that's too much. i mean really cheap)
    -read other people's adventure reports.

    i don't like to spend a lot on gear, so i have made my own speer-type hammock, my own full catenary-cut tarp, a few good stoves, etc. i try to go lightweight and minimalist, while still getting a good night's sleep and having hot coffee in the morning.
  • 02-09-2012
    poconomtbiker
    Amen brother. I am getting the itch..
  • 02-09-2012
    roaet
    Justin from San Antonio, TX.

    I'd like to see more details for beginners. I love camping and I am deeply addicted to biking. Mixing the two would be heaven but I want to do it right.

    Also I need to know where near here I can do this kind of thing.
  • 02-10-2012
    She&I
    Hey, bivymasters, Mike of Mike and Moria here.

    A little late, but...Thanks for the new boss-o place to hang out and swill! A round for the house on me. :cool:

    Bikepacking reports seem to get lost in the ride report shuffle. Love to have a dedicated thread (sticky, ideally) to get right to the b-packing action. Even if just a link is posted, it's nice to have a handy compendium of reports.

    Here's to report fodder!
  • 02-10-2012
    greenwater
    Howdy all,
    Andrew here from Colorado. I'm excited to see the new forum. I've gone from MYOG to MYOG plus make gear for sale. Bedrock bags and packs to be precise. I love the direction this part of two wheeled travel is going. It should be a fun ride.

    Bedrock bags and packs

  • 02-11-2012
    She&I
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bearbait View Post
    I think it would be great if there were more of a focus on experiences and trip reports. Every forum it seems is overly geeked out on gear these days. Sharing of knowledge is important of course but more riding and photos please...

    Eric, I could not agree more. Thanks for posting that sentiment.

    BTW, the front harness and pocket I got from you a couple years back have been front-line pieces for us. Used them multiple times on my single bike and now on our tandem. The way you designed the attachment straps works excellently on a double-crown fork (which could be serendipity, but who cares). Here's to good gear (and good service).

    Mike
  • 02-11-2012
    LNBright
    Hi,

    I'm new to MTBR as a whole, spending more time in either the 650b or the VRC sections, mostly...

    But the bike I'm planning to build, is going to be a 'heavy-duty tourer', that I'm intending on being a 'trail bike' and a camping bike, both.

    Looking' forward to learning what I can here...
  • 02-12-2012
    alanm
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    Just came across this.......
    Hi, Alan Melville here, I'm from Western Australia. I'm 51. I started the bike touring gig at the age of 15, I left West Oz and headed to Tasmania with my mate Steve, we survived on 100 bucks for 10 weeks, that was back some time ago as you can appreciate!!!! Since then I have ridden around Australia, (on a French track racing frame that I had to push 600KM because the dirt was too deep to ride on) New Zealand, North India, England. I have done a few remote area desert rides. I tow a BOB Ibex, converted to take an Endo, I have a Yak that also takes an Endo and I have an Ibex that is standard. I've riden a Specialized Epic, a Pugs and I'm now building up a bike simular to a Yuba. All have used a Rohloff hub. I carry fairly specialized gear such as a sat phone, a Panasonic Toughbook with internal GPS and 1:250 000 maps of Oz,, Garmin GPS, top end water purification gear, Personal Locating Beacon, 20 W solar panel and a 17 Ah battery to run everything. All my critical gear is top shelf as I use it across three disaplines, Hiking (latest was from Jirri to Everest Base Camp, where I camped, and return, carrying all my own gear and solo) Sea Kayaking (over the horizion gigs to ofshore islands) and bike touring, on and off road. I have made my share of mistakes and very nearly paid for them. (one of the more light hearted ones was sending all my wet weather gear home because in September, it never rains on the Nullarbor Plain.......spent 2 weeks sleeping in a soaking wet bag, sometimes in huge puddles....ah well.... :D ) I've been told to write a book.....too lazy....sorry....:D
    But am trying to write more about what I do.....starting tomorrow....:D

    Because of the nature of my rides I don't travel light and since the first ride at 15, have nearly always traveled solo, which is not always a good thing as I don't get to recount trips to a partner afterwards.

    What do I hope to get out of this forum, I like reading peoples stories, however small or large. I've never forgotten the thrill of planing and sometimes, executing, an adventure.

    This year I'll be fairly quiet as I'm getting the coin together to go into semi retirement but next year I have a few 'little trips' planned..... woo hoo. :D

    Thanks for getting this off the ground.

    Al
  • 02-12-2012
    Cycling_Chick
    Just "discovered" this new venue. YEAH! Thanks everybody for getting this long needed voice....
  • 02-13-2012
    Agwan
    I want to cycle from Ogden Utah to near San Bernadino, California this summer.

    for virtually no money.

    I am willing to suffer heaps to do this.

    I just need to know where to start.

    do I really need a tent? Or a sleeping bag? all that seems heavy.
  • 02-13-2012
    Addy Marx
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    Hi guys,

    I'm Adam from Vancouver, Addy Marx on bikepacking.net. The North Shore is my backyard and Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton are my neighbours up the street. I really enjoy traveling with a bike (Taiwan, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, locally of course). I taught myself to use a sewing machine last summer and spend some of my spare time sewing bags for my bikes.

    There are tonnes of resources for gear, and tire choices and sleeping pad R values and all that, which is important, but I personally would like to see people sharing route information on their locales and sharing their ride reports from their adventures. Answering questions and providing info to 'foreigners' who wish to venture away from their locales and see something new. Help make the logistical part easier.

    Whether it be your first weekender in your local hood, the week long summer trip you've been planning since February, your AZT race report or your 4 month Mongolian Fatbike expedition, trips and route information with pics are inspiring.
    (my friend Sam takes cool pictures)
  • 02-13-2012
    osprey
    info on travelling with gear around this world. see what differences there are. get any god plans on whre to go. ect
  • 02-13-2012
    Macbeth
    Adam here from Sydney Australia...

    Been riding forever, competed at national level in biketrials for eight years, now manager at City Bike Depot in Sydney and loving bikepacking and touring...

    Check out my blog - A Therapy For Pain
  • 02-13-2012
    ImaFred
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    I want to cycle from Ogden Utah to near San Bernadino, California this summer.

    for virtually no money.

    I am willing to suffer heaps to do this.

    I just need to know where to start.

    do I really need a tent? Or a sleeping bag? all that seems heavy.

    Ummm .... I would probably start in Ogden? :D
    No you don't need a tent you should have a bag/bivy for emergencies.
    Are you following the old Mormon trail? Old Spanish trail? Or just looking for a cool route?
  • 02-13-2012
    Bill in Houston
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    I want to cycle from Ogden Utah to near San Bernadino, California this summer.

    do I really need a tent? Or a sleeping bag? all that seems heavy.

    Start a new thread on this and that way your answers won't get lost in this thread.
  • 02-13-2012
    VO2 Lax
    I'm in!

    Love single track riding but also love the solitude of camping on the bike. Goal it to finish the Great Divide at a touring pace, 1 to 2 months. I'm in the Bay Area so if anyone wants to go bike camping, give me a PM.
  • 02-13-2012
    Agwan
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ImaFred View Post
    Ummm .... I would probably start in Ogden? :D
    No you don't need a tent you should have a bag/bivy for emergencies.
    Are you following the old Mormon trail? Old Spanish trail? Or just looking for a cool route?

    Just want to get there on my rigid Soma Groove in the cheapest, not getting run over way possible! and also I'd like to have an adventure. and to know if this is feasible!


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    Start a new thread on this and that way your answers won't get lost in this thread.

    Okay will do.
  • 02-14-2012
    Super E
    Eric from SE Washington here.

    Thanks for the cool forum. I'm new to bike packing but have quickly developed a passion for it (when my can get away). Like others here I'm not so interested in the gear/geek aspect since there are tons of resources already out there. I am more interested in the adventure reporting with inspiring pics. I'm so amazed at the country out there that people are riding bikes on...totally motivates me to get out more. My own back yard is full of bike packing adventures, I'm just refining my gear and realizing I can do more with less...real experiences teach you well.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/uTLog96MVmB-BszIkRaZeNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite" ><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-QuCCuSqsQnQ/ThtpJu1ABBI/AAAAAAAAExU/otWiz1Q7Sr4/s640/IMG_3200.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a>
  • 02-17-2012
    SuPrBuGmAn
    I'm Mathew, just moved to Florida about a year and a half ago and have been riding mountain bikes since mid-2009(after a 10+ year hiatus).

    Really like riding regularly and got inspired by bikepacking threads here on mtbr to make some of my own adventures. I did my first bikepacking trip last fall and looking forward to another this spring. Doing these in Florida is the best way for me to make the trips feasible. The routes get creative :)

    I'd like to see more bike packing reports and more routes. I'm glad theres now a place on mtbr to consolidate bikepacking reports as they were all over the place in a mix of regional forums, passion, and endurance racing forums.

  • 02-21-2012
    mostlycloudy
    Hi everybody!

    My first post on the mtbr forums. I'm Tim I live in Tampa, FL. A friend and I started mountain biking a couple years ago as a progression from hiking. We got another friend into mtb-ing and have been inviting others so we are starting to build a group.

    Recently we have been talking about doing a bikepacking trip. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it will probably be somewhere close. A long weekend trip to get a feel for it.

    This is a great forum and I am glad I found this place.
  • 02-21-2012
    CycleAddict
    I'm Max, an East Bay, CA transplant in Virginia Beach, VA. I'm a daily bike commuter and ride trails quite often as well. I've done a few decent length (for me), remote, "adventure" rides on dirt roads. Never done any over nighters or multi-day tours of any sort, and have very little camping experience. I'm mostly a trail rider, but have recently gotten the itch to up my mileage and do some S240's and possibly some bike packing. Most of my trips that take place any time soon will be pretty tame compared to what many of you are doing, but they'll be a good start.

    I'm just interested in bike set ups, gear tips and pretty pictures of people going somewhere far or perhaps not so far away via bicycle.
  • 02-22-2012
    SuPrBuGmAn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mostlycloudy View Post
    Hi everybody!

    My first post on the mtbr forums. I'm Tim I live in Tampa, FL. A friend and I started mountain biking a couple years ago as a progression from hiking. We got another friend into mtb-ing and have been inviting others so we are starting to build a group.

    Recently we have been talking about doing a bikepacking trip. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it will probably be somewhere close. A long weekend trip to get a feel for it.

    This is a great forum and I am glad I found this place.

    The great news is that you have Ocala National Forest just a hop-skip-and a jump north of you. There's easily enough service road and singletrack mix for you to get a good feel on bikepacking.
  • 02-23-2012
    mostlycloudy
    The Ocala National Forest is where I have my eye on for our first trip. As soon as my riding buddy gets his new wheels we'll set a date, but it should be soon. Definitely before the summer heat sets in down here. Now off to see if there are any posts/reports on here about Ocala.
  • 02-23-2012
    SuPrBuGmAn
    Do a search for Single Track Samarai and Naked Indian Chronicles for some inspiration in that(Ocala) area :)
  • 03-20-2012
    1 Speed
    wunnspeed (aka Michael Cleveland) ancient singlespeeder and misplaced American. I live in deep, dark Bavaria 15 minutes (by bike) from the base of the mountains. This year... I'm doing the TDR as my Red Ferrari for my 50th birthday.

    I'm also trying to start a small pack building business while doing some reviews for one of the big 29'er sites, teaching ESL, being a house husband and running the Euro side of Big Wheel Racing (too many irons in the fire....).

    I'm looking to learn from others, see gear and builds and get to know others around the world with similar interests.
  • 03-20-2012
    neil.beltchenko
    Want to learn ultra light bikepacking techniques! going to thru bike the Colorado trail with a friend this summer and would love to hear more experiences on that. combination of bike bags, backpack? tent/ sleeping bag ideas? tire choice? the whole 9 yards! thanks
  • 03-21-2012
    mrbmeisen
    Looking for epic rides and breathless scenery. I would like to see bike reviews, pack and gear reviews, and routes and ride information. Nothing like a long weekend ride...
  • 03-22-2012
    Dusza
    Hi Przemek here, from Poland, Europe.
    I came from backpacking like some of you here, but always enjoyed longish bicycle trips off the beaten track - combining these two seemed like the right thing to do.
    I hope for a chance to enjoy your rides with you trough your trip reports and learning some new bits on how to enjoy outdoors more with having less clutter.
    Currently enjoying Welsh mountains and moorlands but I'm starting miss my woodlands... and sunshine ;)
    Thanks francois
  • 03-26-2012
    swampboy62
    Steve Z from northeast Ohio here. Done lots of backpacking and lots of mountainbiking - but just a little bit of bikepacking (so far). Hope to change that this summer.

    I like the DIY ideas - handmade gear is great. I'm trying to gradually build up my gear collection to make those overnighters easier.

    Also like info about routes. I'm working on a singletrack/bikepacking map for the Allegheny National Forest in PA, with help from other local riders. There is really very little info available for riders in the ANF - but the opportunities are certainly there. If anyone here is interested in that particular area I can get you copies of the working maps.

    Steve Z
  • 03-27-2012
    Krose
    trying to learn all the different styles this seems like a lot of fun
  • 03-31-2012
    bailout
    Life happened...
    I've been spending less and less time here on mtbr. I've stripped down my geared bikepacking bike and forced it into SS duty. It's been a while since I've tried to spread the bikepacking passion. I've all but completely lost my sense of adventure, then I saw this forum! Looks like the next bike is gonna be bikepacking-friendy:).
  • 04-03-2012
    LostBoyScout
    Awesome! I just noticed the addition of this forum now. I remember saying on these forums somewhere that a bikepacking forum would be awesome, and now there is one! Thank you very much for the addition.

    To me, touring / randonneuring is a subset of bike expedition, so the forum is aptly named. I imagine this will be (or already is since I'm 2 months late to the party) a great source for information about preparation for various types of tours, information on what routes have been travelled and how they were, and ride stoke in the form of photos and stories from everyone's experiences out and about.

    Excited!

    For the record, I ride a Salsa Vaya with front and rear Salsa racks, Ortlieb panniers front and rear, and will probably add a BOB to the mix at some point (though just bought a doggy trailer that can do the same duty to an extent). Link in my sig! I have yet to do a multi-day ride on the bike I'm embarassed to admit (I had on my previous fixed gear, lol!). Looking forward to a couple 2-3 days rides this summer, nothing big planned for 2012 but that may change!
  • 04-14-2012
    nativeson
    hi, been around mtbr for a bit. i live a bit south of santa cruz, ca, north of monterey, ca, pretty right smack dab in the middle of the monterey bay. grew up in the east bay and definitely did some hobo bikecamping as a teen in the diablo range. started short bike touring/bikecamping trips about five years ago because i love to ride from the door, lookin for mixed road/dirt routes, and just bein outside. also just really into cycling in general as transportation, utilitarian vehicles, and as an overall artform.

    i've got a few setups at the moment, bikes, racks, bags....mix and match.....i love to geek out on stuff. been goin out solo in henry coe Henry W. Coe State Park (southern section) a lot just to test out my kit, fish, and camp. also been doin and wanna get into other and more local trips, stealth camping (safety in #'s, i guess, i'm scared), and exploring. summer's off soon cause i'm a teacher, definitely gonna get out on some multi-day trips. if anyone's around and wants to ride/camp lemme know.
  • 04-14-2012
    Urban AK
    Roll Call Alaska
    It has always been out and back for me in the past. These last couple years I have forced myself to really "enjoy the ride" ie stay overnight. I am just figuring out how to keep it light.

    I am here to learn how to leave the Kitchen sink at home.

    Bikepacking is true mountain biking!
  • 04-15-2012
    rallyrcr
    south central PA here....
  • 04-15-2012
    bikebeard
    Hi everyone,

    I am new to bike packing but not backpacking in general. I have also been a mountain biker most of my life. I am excited to try some bike packing trips this summer. I ride a 2012 Salsa Fargo 2. I would like to include a picture of my setup but I do not have enough posts yet. I will edit this post with a picture of my bike soon. I made a few changes from the stock setup. I replaced the FSA crankset with a Shimano XT, and replaced the Thudbuster with a Easton seatpost and Brooks B17 narrow. I also have been running Schwalbe Marathon Supremes for commuting but have since reinstalled the stock Race Kings for bike packing. I went on a 80 mile gravel road ride last Saturday and it was great. Looking forward to exploring the forum.
  • 04-22-2012
    El Train
    El Train here.
    I live in Livingston, Montana, just north of Yellowstone. Prime country for this type of travel, tons of dirt roads and forest service land. And no people.

    Never bikepacked. But it is the next step for me. Mtn biker for 20+ years, just got into endurance racing two years ago. I always talked smack about bike touring, because I figured I wouldn't be able to rally and do jumps or whatever....but now I am older and don't care about any of that. I have done a lot of dual sport moto exploring around MT, so I have tons of routes already scoped out. And I backpacked a bunch when I was younger and have all that gear, though I haven't been backpacking in a long time since I like biking so much!
    A few years ago I did a 3 day 500 mile ultralight dual sport trip on an XR600 and it was one of the funner things I have ever done. I am over it with dirt bikes though and would love to the same thing with a mtn bike. I could easily carry the same stuff on a bike no problem.

    I just want to be able to ride really far, sleep in the bushes, and ride some more in the morning. Repeat.

    Trips I want to do include:
    Circumnavigating the Crazy Mtns. Should be a good starter shakedown cruise, two days.

    Parts and eventually all of the CDT in Montana. Done a good portion of this on the moto over time. Pretty easy since it's local to me.

    Gravelly Range Rd, in SW MT. One of the more impressive roads I have ever been on. A favorite on the moto.
  • 04-22-2012
    Bill in Houston
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by El Train View Post
    I just want to be able to ride really far, sleep in the bushes, and ride some more in the morning. Repeat.

    My feelings as well. Welcome to the forum.
  • 04-30-2012
    Western Red Cedar
    Nice:thumbsup:
  • 05-01-2012
    gravedoja
    Hi
    gravedoja here from the uk, i have been cycling since 1991, i started out bike packing back in the day on my emelle santana, sleeping out under the stars in a cheapo sleeping bag, i carried it all round in a plastic bag bungied to a rear rack, happy days. Anyway me and my girlfriend are getting back into it now, we did a few one nighters last year and this year we plan to expand on that. I have just ordered some bags from bikepack eu, so looking forward to getting those. will post up some pics ( old and new ) at some point.

    looking forward to reading trip and kit reports and also like 'build your own kit' threads.

    Toodles. :thumbsup:
  • 05-02-2012
    nickgilling
    Hello there, Nick from Shropshire in the UK, just working out a route for this year's Welsh Ride Thing, this is my third year of bikepacking and have finally graduated to some proper kit and a bike designed for the task (Fargo). Have recently started making my own gear, including a frame bag which you can see on my blog I'll be back soon!. Would love to see more of the world and sleep rough in it!
  • 05-13-2012
    ManfredFreitag
    More beautiful pictures, please! I will post some as soon as the gods decide I have enough posts to be worthy.
  • 05-29-2012
    George2
    Well...it's a picture...



    I'm dutch. Besides mountainbiking I did a lot of cycletouring, mostly in Europe but I've been tot the US twice. My wife and I did a large portion of the GDMR in 2006 as a second honeymoon. I haven't done any touring since then, we got busy, two kids so far. I do want to give it a go again though, both solo and as a family when the kids are a little older. I'm currently training by pulling them in a trailer :D

    My wife is planning a quick solo tour this summer, maybe I'll go for a couple of days as well, we'll see.
  • 06-11-2012
    NEPMTBA
    Thanks for the forum...

    ...to all on this great forum, I would like to live through your eyes as I will never get to see in person what you all do.

    I can offer up my experiences and goals accomplished.

    What do I want here? To wish everyone health, success, and positive energy, on all your trips out there in nature.

    Lee Curry, just a bike rider/trail builder from Pennsylvania

    Nice to see everyone "bike touring" through life.
  • 06-22-2012
    longhaultrucker
    While or yes I've dreamt of bike-packing/camping,I'm new to it this year. My trips will mostly be short,and rail-trailish,with my son,both kids,and/or hopefully a longer trip with the Wife come October as we celebrate our 20th.

    Yeah,most of ours will be rail trail type trips (though my Xtracycle is technically still a mtn bike,LOL!),bu I'd like to do some singletrack or gravel grinding trips too. Big asperations,small windows of op's :p I'm enjoying this forum though,very happy to have it,learned lots already,hope I can help someone else along the way :thumbsup:
  • 07-05-2012
    wahday
    Iíve been lurking in these bikepacking forums for a few months now getting very excited about the possibilities. Iíve done a lot of backpacking and canoe tripping, but the whole bikepacking thing is a new one to me.

    My birthday is tomorrow (44) and my saintly wife suggested I could try a bikepacking overnighter (she wants to do this, too, but with two kids, I must shoulder the burden of scouting some rides Ė life is hardÖ) So, as I have been blessed with a new bike (Klein Attitude) for my birthday, I have been modifying the older ride (a 94ish Gary Fisher Hoo koo e koo with rigid replacement fork) for bikepacking. I am so excited! My plan is to go out tomorrow and return Saturday.

    Iíll be going up into the Zuni mountains in western New Mexico. We own some land near there and that will be home base for heading out into the forest land. I did a scouting mission for the day two weekends ago and the terrain is lovely, if a bit challenging for a loaded bike. Lots of ups and downs between about 7000 and almost 9000 feet (its all just to the west of the Continental Divide here). Itíll be a good workout. The good news its almost all downhill back to our land.

    Anyway, got my list and Iím checking it twice. Its possible Iíll get some rain, too. But no cooking. There are fire restrictions (with good reason) and I donít need the extra weight. Aside from coffee, it should be fine.

    Will post a report when I return!

    UPDATE: Ok, back from the trip. Report is here. Thanks for the inspiration everyone! :thumbsup:
  • 07-18-2012
    byknuts
    byknuts (ian) here.
    I recently did what I called a 7 hour/140km sprint on a single speed gardin with 56x16 gearing. It was mostly relatively flat terrain.

    I've tentatively volunteered to do a 1350-1400 km 10 day ride in early September.
    We'll have a support truck (large group, about 10 or 12 people I think)
    but for all intents and purposes it'll be tents by the side of the road/trail.

    Travelling from Thunder Bay to Toronto (Ontario), route seems to be mostly by roads, rural routes, etc.
    Basically we're moving from black bear and moose country, down to deer and coyote country.

    Suggestions, advice, anything?

    Rig planned is a Salsa Casseroll, 1x9 (11-32 on a 48), ti bars (maybe seatpost too), Magura brakes, Tk7.1's on Real hubs, schwalbe 40mm marathon xr's.
    I know the 40's are kind of overkill, but I'm more comfortable knowing I CAN air down if need be, instead of being stuck with high-psi all the time.
  • 07-25-2012
    cheeseunit
    Can't wait to get out some more on overnights.I'm so hooked on all day bike adventuring.This is what actually got me to finally join the forums after years of lurking.
  • 08-03-2012
    Blackfeather
    hey all ! man am I glad i found this forum :thumbsup: I have been seriously wanting to get into bike packing my rig is a 2012 cannondale 29er ( love it) been into practicing survival for over 14 yrs got away for a while but think im going to put that to good use with the bike ;). hope to be able to share and learn
  • 09-17-2012
    SingleTrackLovr
    It's been a while since I checked in with mtbr. I really like what you guys have done with the place.

    Here's my 04 Azonic in bike packing mode.

  • 09-17-2012
    the-one1
    ^Can you post pic of your rear rack layout?
  • 09-17-2012
    SingleTrackLovr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    ^Can you post pic of your rear rack layout?

    Is this question/request for me?

    OMM rear rack:


    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8029/7...d458462d_z.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8032/7...20285ebb_z.jpg
  • 09-18-2012
    the-one1
    I'm interested how the rack mounts to the rear full suspension
  • 09-19-2012
    1 Speed
    So, don't know if I introduced myself before. I'm an expat living in Southern Bavaria, Germany. I come from Kansas City and now ride around the Alps whenever possible.

    This year, my 50th, I did the Tour Divide Race on my rigid singlespeed 29'er. The bags on my bike are half Carousal and half my brand SpoK. I'm in the process of getting my bag making business up and running and I also teach Business English on the ESL level.


    The Finish


    My view looking down


    The worst day on the TDR

    Lots more photos here -
    Tour Divide 20_07_2012 - a set on Flickr
  • 09-19-2012
    Bill in Houston
    Finally, someone carrying about as much stuff as I would. Welcome, 1 Speed!
  • 09-19-2012
    SingleTrackLovr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 1 Speed View Post
    So, don't know if I introduced myself before. I'm an expat living in Southern Bavaria, Germany. I come from Kansas City and now ride around the Alps whenever possible.

    This year, my 50th, I did the Tour Divide Race on my rigid singlespeed 29'er. The bags on my bike are half Carousal and half my brand SpoK. I'm in the process of getting my bag making business up and running and I also teach Business English on the ESL level.

    Lots more photos here -
    Tour Divide 20_07_2012 - a set on Flickr

    Great slideshow / trip report thanks.
  • 09-19-2012
    Maadjurguer
    Hey all....I can't for the life of me figure why I have yet to post here...but I'm usually over on the AZ forum blasting pics of my two-wheeled catharsis. I love to bikepack...my journey is found at my blog below.

    Cheers,
  • 09-30-2012
    notnee
    Hello, I from Russia. I am engaged "Bikepacking" about 3 years. All bags are made by me


  • 09-30-2012
    Bill in Houston
    i like that front bag. I need something for my high volume, light weight stuff, like my sleeping bag and tarp.
  • 11-21-2012
    bobzcheez
    Hi All,
    I am Bryan living in Denver, CO. Last year I bought a Salsa Fargo with the full intention of getting into bikepacking. So far this year, I've bikepacked twice-- once on the Great Divide and the other on the Colorado Trail.
    I plan on doing part of the Great Divide route next summer with some friends. Once I have enough posts, I'll post photos.
    Cheers- Bryan
  • 11-21-2012
    thesilversurfer
    Hi everyone.

    I'm a Brit living in Calgary Canada and I road bike, mountain bike and fat bike. Looking at learning from everyone here and I'm planning to ride the western BC stretch of the Trans Canada Trail next year.

    Thanks for all the great advice so far.

    Richie
  • 11-21-2012
    thesilversurfer
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/74469747@N06/6839676485/" title="IMG_0881_edited-1 by Fatbackrider, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6839676485_4435bb94b3.jpg" width="500" height="420" alt="IMG_0881_edited-1"></a>
  • 12-10-2012
    kdold
    New to bikepacking
    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.