Hosting or attending a local gravel bikepacking ride can be super exciting but you have to be organized. Here is some advice that will help with the success of a trip.
Packing for a bikepacking trip takes some time but is totally worth the extra effort to make sure you have everything, especially if you will be away from services.
In my Revelate Designs Spinelock 16L saddle bag I pack my clothing, food, and cooking set. My medium Tangle or XL Ranger has my tent poles, tools, and water bladder and in my 15L Sweetroll I have my sleeping bag, more food, and my tent. And my go-to that goes on almost every trip with me (and even for quick city rides) is the Egress Pocket that holds my battery pack, camera batteries, first aid, and utility knife.
Staying hydrated is rule #1 when bikepacking. I like to keep two full bottles in my Mountain feedbags and a 3-liter bladder in my Tangle. I also stuff easily accessible snacks like my must-have gummy bears and trail mix in my Gas Tank.
Just know that when you are exposed to the elements and at the mercy of nature, things can go south and most certainly will. Being prepared gives you peace of mind. Bring those gloves and balaclava even when you think you won’t need them — especially at high altitudes things can change quickly. (Speaking from experience here…)
I like to keep rain gear readily available at the top of my Spinelock 16L – this way I can quickly access it when needed. I also make sure I carry my tools, tubes, and other necessities for mechanicals that may happen on the road either in my Tangle or in my Shrew for shorter rides.
From city dweller to adventure cyclist, Dwayne got his first taste of bike touring in 2014 when he completed a 75-day journey from NY to CA. Since then he discovered a new found love for bikepacking after riding the Kokopelli Trail and continued his passion for two-wheel travel while sharing the adventures on his YouTube Channel Manual Pedal and Manual Pedal blog. Dwayne is a graphic designer, photographer and author of eBook ‘Believing is Everything’ where he shares stories from his cross-country trip. He is passionate about promoting the benefits of cycling to his local community as a coach through his Velo HIIT program and leads out gravel group rides as an intro to adventure cycling.