Myself and Ed Oxley went bikepacking last week. Three days in the Lake District, including an overnight stay in a mountain hut.
Bikepacking is like backpacking but on bikes. You carry everything you need for the multiday trip on your person and/or bike.
We’d both been talking about doing such a thing for quite some time but we wanted to do it differently to all the other bikepacking things you see online and in magazines.
Basically we wanted to do some bikepacking on our ‘normal’ All Mountainy kinda bikes. And ride the same sort of technically demanding tracks that we do normally.
Most of the bikepacking you see is (understandably) wide wilderness tracks being ridden on fully rigid 29ers.
Which is ace. But we wondered if you could take the bikepacking ethos and combine with modern full suspension bikes and some big flip-off gnarly mountains.
So that’s what we attempted.
You can read all about our (mis)adventures in an upcoming issue of Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine.