What is bikepacking? In a nutshell, a mountain bike, gravel bike, cyclocross bike, or a specifically designed bike, can be used to carry around gear for minimalist camping. People riding loaded touring bikes have been doing this for years, but modern bike designs have greatly opened up routes and adventures to the gravelly roads and tracks less traveled. Ride, enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace, and hopefully, have a lot of fun along the way!
JOM of Gravel Cyclist is not a bikepacker, but thought he would give it whirl, as an adventure to help celebrate a recent milestone birthday of sorts. Where he differed from true touring cyclists, bikepackers and so on, is the lofty time and mileage goal he set for himself, which may have been a wee bit unrealistic? That in itself may have stonkered his grandiose adventure plan.
The Misguided Bikepacking Adventure Video?
In this video, JOM shares his adventure along the way, with retrospective commentary about points of interest, things learned, and more. This is a long video, but hope you garner something from it just as JOM did! Massive kudos and respect to those folks who truly love touring, bikepacking, or the crazy world of self-supported adventure racing over multiple days!
Links of Interest:
- T-Lab X3 Titanium Adventure Bike Review
- Tailfin Cycling S One & X One Rack System Review (including Trunk Bag & Panniers)
- Garmin Varia RTL 510 Radar Taillight Review
- KaiVenture Bags – http://kaiventurebags.com
- Astral Cycling Wanderlust (coming wheelset review) – http://astralcycling.com
- Son Deluxe Dynamo Hubs (part of the above wheelset) – https://nabendynamo.de
- Sinewave Cycles Beacon Headlight (paired to the wheelset above) – https://www.sinewavecycles.com
- Apidura – http://apidura.com
- Vee Rubber Company – http://veerubberus.com
- Riding the C&O Canal Towpath Trail including the Amtrak Auto Train & Washington DC – Part One
- Riding the C&O Canal Towpath Trail including Amtrak & Washington DC – Part Two