The latest issue of The Bikepacking Journal is nearly ready! Find a quick peek at Issue 06 and the custom-printed bandana we’ll be including with each copy here. Plus, our updated shipping plan and a link to get signed up before next week’s deadline…

Time flies, and we’re already finishing up work on the sixth issue of The Bikepacking Journal, which we’ll be printing and shipping to our Bikepacking Collective members all around the globe next month. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time! Just join before 11:59 p.m. EST next Saturday, April 17th, and you’ll receive the upcoming Journal—and all future issues—right in your mailbox.

Within the 160 pages of Issue 06, our new group of intrepid writers and photographers takes us down the length of the Americas, around New Zealand’s South Island, through a winter wonderland in Canada, across the desert in Arizona, just to name a few. From quick overnight getaways to multi-year, life-altering adventures, we’re thrilled to share a range of thoughtful and exciting new perspectives from first-time and returning contributors.

Images from the upcoming issue by Cass Gilbert (@whileoutriding), Mark Watson (@highluxphoto), Simón Mendizabal (@simonsaysadventure), Steff Gutovska (@steff.gutovska), and Andrew Bydlon (@andrewbydlon)

Free Bandana with Every Copy

As always, we’re including a special thank you gift for our supporters. This time around, every copy will ship with a beautiful custom-printed bandana, which is only available to members who are signed up before the April 17th deadline. It’s printed in the USA on 100% cotton 22 x 22″ beige fabric and features our revamped skull design, the entire ecosystem of drivetrain critters, and each of our three taglines, as well as an updated Bikepacking Collective badge.

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Print is Not Dead!

We’re passionate about creating something tangible that you can hold in your hands and slowly savor with your morning coffee, and the complete collection of stories featured in The Bikepacking Journal is only available in print. Want to get a better sense of what to expect? Peek inside the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth issues. And check out our Bikepacking Journal Manifesto for some extended thoughts about our goals for the publication and why it’s vital to the future of the site.

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Printing the fifth issue of The Bikepacking Journal in Berlin last fall. From the paper stocks, to the ink, to the Heidelberg offset presses used to print the Journal, no expense is spared to create the most beautiful product possible. Photos by Joshua Meissner (

Get Signed Up

Becoming a Bikepacking Collective member is the best way to support our work here at, where we’re committed to publishing in-depth articles, inspiring stories, original routes, and news on a daily basis. Beyond receiving The Bikepacking Journal, joining also means you’ll be entered to win one of 46 prizes in our upcoming Collective Reward giveaway drawing, will have access to exclusive discounts from some of our favorite companies, and much more.

A Note on Shipping for U.S. Members

Despite maintaining a 99% successful delivery rate, shipping copies of The Bikepacking Journal all around the world has proven to be a significant logistical challenge in the times of COVID-19, with major bottlenecks at ports causing unprecedented delivery delays. The good news is we’ve done some negotiating and revamped our shipping model for Issue 06; this time around, copies heading to our US-based members will be fulfilled from within the US, meaning substantially quicker and more predictable transit times.



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