HOW TO BIKEPACK
3 DIFFERENT STYLES
Broadly speaking, there are three bikepacking genres to choose from – Multi-day Mountain Biking, Ultralight Race & Gravel, and Expedition & Dirt Touring.
MULTI-DAY MOUNTAIN BIKING
Multi-day mountain biking is bikepacking at its core: carrying only the bare necessities, on a bike that’s light enough to explore the trails you’d seek on a day ride. Routes may vary in length, from a 40 mile sub-24 hour overnighter (S24O) to a multi-week jaunt spanning several hundred miles. They may begin close to home and be logistically straightforward to organize, utilizing both favorite rides and trails unknown. Or they may require planning and travel to destination locations to ride established bikepacking trails.
Almost all mountain bikes can be made into capable bikepacking rigs. This said, your bike of choice may well impact on the type of route you’ll enjoy most. On the dirt roads of The White Rim, for instance, almost any rigid bike will do. But on the technical singletrack of The Appalachian Beer Trail or The Colorado Trail, full-suspension makes more sense. In snowy, coastal, or sandy conditions, such as the Camino Diablo, fat tires may well be a necessity.