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Cotopaxi 360 bikepacking route

Cotopaxi 360, Ecuador

By Cass Gilbert on November 29, 2017

12 Discussion

Images by Cass Gilbert and Michael Dammer. Easily accessed by public transport from Quito, Cotopaxi 360 begins with an extended climb away from Pan American highway along forested dirt roads, before meandering onto the network of double track and singletrack that course through Ecuador’s most popular national park. And what a park it is! A […]

Rise of Bikepacking
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The Rise of Bikepacking, A Manifesto

By Logan Watts on November 7, 2017

121 Discussion

“Isn’t bikepacking getting too commercialized? Why do you publicize routes? Don’t we want fewer people on trails? And what exactly is bikepacking? Isn’t that just a new word for touring?” Those are just a few of the questions we’re asked regularly. To answer such queries into our motives, here’s our mission statement, and why we think the growth of bikepacking is one of the best things to happen to both riders and the bike industry…

Niner Sir 9 Review
Bikepacking BikesHardtail ReviewsRigid & Plus Bike Reviews

Niner SIR 9 Review: Tested On The Colorado Trail

By Cass Gilbert on October 25, 2017

30 Discussion

Niner’s latest SIR 9 is the company’s third iteration on their cult classic hardtail. For 2017, it retains the high-end Reynolds 853 tubeset for which the bike is known, infusing its new frame with an up-to-the-minute geometry, all the latest industry standards, clearances for 27.5+ tires, and a host of bikepacking-friendly braze-ons. Given that the company is based in Colorado… it only seemed fitting to it out on the technically demanding and physically challenging Colorado Trail.

Bikepacking Tierra Del Fuego, Fin Del Mundo

Fin Del Mundo: Bikepacking The End of The World

By Taneli Roininen on October 20, 2017

35 Discussion

Located at the far end of South America close to Cape horn, the island of Tierra del Fuego is the finishing point for many Pan-American bike tourists coming from the north, or the starting point for those brave enough to tackle the northwest headwinds of Patagonia. The island is divided roughly in half; the eastern […]

Iohan, Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route, Bikepacking
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Iohan on The Trans Ecuador (See The World #21/22)

By Logan Watts on September 6, 2017

6 Discussion

The 21st and 22nd episodes in a video series called ‘See The World’ follows Iohan’s journey on the incredible Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route. Watch the videos here and learn more about the TEMBR and Iohan’s wanderings…

Solstice Campout, Swift Campout, Bike Camping, bikepacking
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Solstice Campout 2017

By Logan Watts on July 3, 2017

5 Discussion

Wondering what 260 bikepackers did for the worldwide group Swift Solstice Campout? Here’s a roundup of photos and essays from the weekend closest to the solstice when hundreds of fellow bike campers spent a night (or several) under the stars…

Bikepacker of the year, bikepacking awards
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2016 Bikepacking Awards: People and Routes

By Team Work on December 21, 2016

20 Discussion

Part three of our 2016 Bikepacking Awards honors the people who have been instrumental in the bikepacking community and the incredible routes and rides that they have created….

Guide to bikepacking bags, packing
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The Complete Guide to Bikepacking Bags

By Team Work on November 15, 2016

54 Discussion

“Which bags should I start with? Are there any specific bags you’d recommend? What do you pack where?” These are probably the most common questions we’re asked. In an effort to answer them, we proudly present our Complete Guide to Bikepacking Bags, along with six starter setups — from our barebones Hack Kit to our money-no-object Dream Bag Kit. For ideas on how it’s all put into practice, we’ve also included packing techniques from several bikepacking veterans, along with a list of bag makers the world over.

Ruta de Las Tres Cordilleras, Bolivia and Peru

By Cass Gilbert on October 30, 2016

74 Discussion

Note that the original route features an unmanned border that promises beguilingly remote riding, but creates some logistical visa hurdles to overcome. An alternative section that avoids detours around this part of the Apolobamba range makes use of a newly opened immigration office on the Peruvian side, allowing for a more straightforward connection. The current […]

Bikepacker's Guide to Mountain Weather
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A Bikepacker’s Guide to Mountain Weather Preparation

By Team Work on October 17, 2016

29 Discussion

Shoulder season weather in higher elevations can be dicey, and even dangerous. When bikepacking in these environs, the balance between going light and going too light is a delicate one. Here is our guide, tips, and tricks for planning a bikepacking trip — without tipping the scales — for the variety of conditions that mountains can dish out.

Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion V2
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Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion V2: 5,000 Mile Review

By Logan Watts on May 23, 2016

60 Discussion

This seat pack has seen a lot. After 5,000 miles and some tough love, it’s time to give the Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion V2 the long-haul review it deserves…

Endura Singletrack 2 Review
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Endura Singletrack II Shorts: 365 days a year

By Cass Gilbert on May 11, 2016

20 Discussion

We take Endura’s Singletrack IIs bikepacking in Bolivia, where they prove their worth as a tough-as-nails pair of shorts with handy bonus features – whether you’re in the saddle pedaling, or pressing your way through a hectic Sunday market.