Story and photos by Jeff Oatley. Feature photo by Derek Crowe. I first met Revelate Designs founder Eric Parsons in British Columbia, on the side of the Al-Can Highway, in 2003, I think. I met him a second time right before racing the 2005 Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI). Although only 13 years ago, winter cycling … [ Read More ]
Steve “Doom” Fassbinder’s Solo Bike Mission Through Asia “Dirt hut on Wakhan Afgan border: Had another bad sick night, shit the bed. Spent a long nice morning cleaning up doing laundry and napping. It’s worth mentioning that I received some very bad news over my InReach device. Just days earlier, extremists killed four foreign riders … [ Read More ]
“Constellations rise above the horizon and arc overhead, and by the witching hours, the world becomes silent aside from the crunch of my tires on loose rock. By morning, that mountain range will be just a distant feature behind me, and I’ll find myself in some grassy valley countless transitions later, and as I pedal, … [ Read More ]
Q&A With Revelate Designer, Product Tester, and Enduro Racer Dusty Eroh “Do you know what Revelate Designs (Epic Designs) does?” Eric Parsons asks Dusty Eroh during his first job interview. “No.” Dusty replies. “How about bikepacking… do you ride bikes?” “Umm, I really like to climb and love alpine climbing! It’s the best!” “Do you … [ Read More ]
Nearly two decades ago, Surly hired Dave Gray to design bicycle frames and components and to take the company to the next level. A long-time “bikepacker” (what he called “bike-camping” at the time) and the brainchild behind the Surly Pugsley, Gray has a unique insight into the history of bikpacking and the parallel development of … [ Read More ]
Erik Mathy, a prolific fund raiser, photographer, and bikepacker, on how he’s doing what he loves to make a difference.
On June 20, 2018, Lael Wilcox won second place in Switzerland’s Navad 1000 bikepacking race (1010 KM // 627 miles), becoming the second female to finish the race and beating the previous overall course record by more than 18 hours.
“When I started making frame bags, no one called what we did ‘bikepacking.’ Putting bags on bikes was just a means for winter Alaska racers to carry stuff they needed for endurance races. I considered the activity ultralight or rackless touring or adventure riding.” ~Eric Parsons