Join The Bikepacking Collective
Become a Sustaining Member
Join the Bikepacking Collective and your contributions will help build a better, more sustainable BIKEPACKING.com. 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 this website.
In summer of 2018 we announced The Bikepacking Journal, our biannual publication, 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 to 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 few 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 and Issue 02.
BIKEPACKING.com 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 BIKEPACKING.com
Beyond ensuring the future of this website, your contributions will help grow and improve BIKEPACKING.com 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? Consider reading our Bikepacking Journal Manifesto for some additional thoughts on our goals for the publication and why we need your support.