The Big Lockdown Traverse (video)
During the COVID-19 lockdown, filmmaker Jeremy Janin took on an arduous bikepacking trip he called “The Big Lockdown Traverse.” Along the way he made this delightful film documenting his harrowing journey. Watch it here and find his complete gear breakdown from the “the best bikepacking trip I’ve NEVER had…”
After a particularly long winter season, warmer weather finally arrived and Jeremy Janin had big bikepacking plans for the spring solstice. But just a few weeks ago, Jeremy realized that he’d have to be more patient than he anticipated. Due to the rapid expansion of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the French government proclaimed a four- to six-week lockdown. This is when he decided to take on the best bikepacking trip that never was. Watch the film below, then scroll down for photos and Jeremy’s full bikepacking kit from the trip.
In a time like this it feels really good to be on my own and living a simple life.
My bike, my tent, and the stars.
The Big Lockdown Traverse was entirely self-filmed and edited between Friday and Saturday night. It was shot on Panasonic S1 with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART and a GoPro HERO7 in Lille, France.
From Jeremy: “This video is essentially a bikepacking trip I had been wanting to make for the Spring solstice but couldn’t make it happen due to the lockdown. Everybody is insisting on the fact that we need to all stay at home so I wanted to make a contribution while easing the pain of not being able to make that trip happen just yet. I wanted to tell a kind of ridiculous story while sharing some real thoughts on what bikepacking means to me, all of this in my tiny backyard, where riding isn’t really a possibility as you’ll see. That’s why this is the best bikepacking trip I’ve NEVER had.”
Jeremy adds, “This is obviously a very tense situation in the world right now, which I take very seriously in staying home (as always anyway, as I work from home, all year round). I can’t wait to hit the trails again and just wanted to bring some fun vibes to people who would watch this.”
Jeremy’s “Big Lockdown Traverse” Bikepacking Kit
For this journey, Jeremy rode his 2020 Trek Roscoe 7 featuring a Rockshox Judy TK Solo Air fork, an Ergon SMC-4M saddle, and Bontrager 27.5” wheels with 2.8″ Maxxis Reckon+ tires. Here’s his full packlist from the trip…
-Thermarest Neo Air X-Lite Medium
-Cumulus Panyam 450 sleeping bag
-Patagonia Hoodini Jacket
-Black Diamond Headlamp
-MSR Pocket Rocket 2 stove
-Decathlon Forclaz Cookset
-Komoot on iPhone
-14L Restrap saddle bag
-Alpamayo Designs Top Tube bag