Join The Bikepacking Collective

Become a Sustaining Member

Join the Bikepacking Collective and your contributions will help build a better, more sustainable Support us in creating original bikepacking routes, authentic stories, and quality guides and reportage. A Bikepacking Collective membership also includes a subscription to The Bikepacking Journal, our biannually printed publication, as well as access to exclusive merchandise, industry discounts, prizes, and a voice in the future of the website.

Bikepacking Journal

In summer 2018, we announced The Bikepacking Journal, our biannual publication, which is jam-packed with the very best in pedal-powered storytelling and photography from around the globe.

We feel a great sense of responsibility in producing a printed journal, both for our readers and to the environment, and our aim is to publish one that’s worth savoring and proudly displaying on your coffee table. To this end, we’ve carefully considered every detail in the journal’s production to create the most beautiful publication possible.

Over time, a small handful of stories from The Bikepacking Journal will appear here on the site, but by joining the Bikepacking Collective you’ll have the opportunity to get each issue in the mail (anywhere in the world) and read the complete collection first—all in the full glory of print! Preview Issue 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 / 07.


Fill in the form below or read on to learn about member benefits. The price of a Bikepacking Collective membership is the same for everyone, worldwide.

Note: The deadline to join and have your membership start with The Bikepacking Journal Issue 09 was October 17, 2022. Join today and your first issue will be #10 in spring (May 2023)!
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  • IMPORTANT: By joining the Bikepacking Collective, you agree that your membership will automatically renew at the end of each one-year membership term from your join date. You can cancel your membership at any time before then, but all benefits (including delivery of The Bikepacking Journal) will cease immediately upon cancellation, and we do not offer any refunds upon early membership cancellation.

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As a Bikepacking Collective member, you aren’t just helping evolve and build a stronger, you’re also helping us curate and create high-quality content for the entire bikepacking community. For just over $5 a month (the price of a beer), you’ll also receive two issues of The Bikepacking Journal in the mail each year, and a whole lot more. Complete benefits include:

1. The Bikepacking Journal. One of the key aspects of being a member is a subscription to our bi-annually printed publication. We print issues in April and October of each year. Preview Issue 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 / 07.

2. Collective Rewards. We give away gear packages on a regular basis. Each reward is limited to Collective members, who are automatically be entered for each drawing. We’ve already given away many thousand dollars worth of great gear, including bikepacking bags, frames, clothing, and more. Check the Collective Rewards to see what’s up for grabs for our members.

3. Exclusive gear. We occasionally offer new merchandise (apparel, patches, etc) and our include items with each Journal (like printed maps and bandanas). Plus, we have several other items in the works. When available, you’ll have exclusive access and a discount, and will always be the first to know.

4. Industry discounts. We’ve lined up occasional industry discounts. Currently, we’re offering members discounts from Revelate Designs, PEdALED, WTB, Velocio, Redshift, Showers Pass, and several other major brands. Past discounts included 30% off of tires from Schwalbe, a $200 discount on Tumbleweed Prospector framesets, and reduced registration for the Bikepacking Summit. Stay tuned for more.

5. Be a part of an annual non-profit project. In our first year, we supported the non-profit, Tuscon-based organization El Grupo Cycling, in their endeavors to get young people out bikepacking. We’re currently allocating a portion of member dues to support BIPOC bikepackers and expand our original routes network.

6. A voice in the evolution of We want your feedback and will be sending out periodic surveys and polls on which you can vote, such as which new routes to fund.

Consider this an ongoing list of benefits, as we have plenty of other ideas for Collective member offerings in the future. So get signed up, and please pass this along to your friends.

WHY JOIN? was created from behind the handlebars, out of a passion for sharing adventure. Our small team strives to inspire others to get out and explore our planet, discover its wild places, and connect with its diverse cultures, all via the bicycle’s elegant simplicity. In keeping with that mission, our goal is to ensure that the site and its many resources remain free and open to everyone. But, given the time and effort required to keep the site growing, we need your help with funding it. Here’s why:

1. Build a Better

Beyond ensuring the future of this website, your contributions will help grow and improve as a resource for the bikepacking community. This ranges from increasing our contributor rates, to adding new mapping features, to implementing additional website functionality.

2. Expanded Routes, More Inspiration, and a Bigger Community

Our ultimate goal is to be able to concentrate our efforts on 1) creating in-depth and meaningful content and inspiring stories; 2) bringing to life new and original bikepacking routes and updating old ones; and 3) connecting and informing the bikepacking community. Your support and input will enable us to continue pushing our high content standards and expanding our network of paid contributors.

3. Banner Ads Aren’t Sustainable

With ad blockers, insta-marketing, and the erosion of online advertising rates across all media, securing banner advertising is becoming increasingly challenging, especially for what many consider a niche activity. Looking forward, we predict it will be unsustainable as our sole source of funding. While there are currently banner ads in place, and we greatly appreciate our advertisers, we are determined to create a more consistent and rounded model. In addition, managing a complex advertising model is very time consuming, and much of that time could be better spent developing more meaningful aspects of the site. We’ve experimented with additional means of funding, but nothing feels quite right. Ultimately, we feel the future of this website depends on our community, The Bikepacking Collective.

Still not convinced? Read our Bikepacking Journal Manifesto for some additional thoughts on our goals for the publication and why we need your support.