What is "bikepacking"?

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What is "bikepacking"?

Postby Steve » 2 Jun 2017, 1:00pm

Just noticed this word appearing here there and everywhere, but does it refer to something new or is just trendy-speak like wild-swimming etc? If I carry panniers doe that make me a bikepacker?

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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby mercalia » 2 Jun 2017, 1:05pm

do a google there are lots of refs

eg

http://www.bikepacking.net/

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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby gaz » 2 Jun 2017, 1:08pm

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=113728

Panniers, bikepacking, trailer, support van*; so long as you enjoy it take your pick.

*Maybe not support van :wink:
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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby trilathon » 2 Jun 2017, 1:41pm

lots of new folks on bicycles, mainly through the road scene and mtb, strapping bags to bicycles that aren't usually purpose built for the task in hand ie having the braze -ons for carrying luggage via racks. Usually it's with a mind to go a little faster, and with less kit than traditional touring and be more reliant on services eg not cooking their own food, maybe using hotels etc but basically you mold it to your preferences.
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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby Bez » 2 Jun 2017, 1:48pm

trilathon wrote:lots of new folks on bicycles, mainly through the road scene and mtb, strapping bags to bicycles that aren't usually purpose built for the task in hand ie having the braze -ons for carrying luggage via racks.


Not really. It's about being able to ride more demanding off-road routes. Bikepacking luggage isn't about making do without braze-ons (though you could use it as such), it's about having keeping the weight close to the centre of gravity, keeping it static, and not having mountings that break under much rougher load cycles than luggage on a normal touring bike would see.

Which is why even when people get custom framesets built for bikepacking they still don't use racks. They're just not the best tool for the job.
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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby thornie1543 » 2 Jun 2017, 1:52pm

Bikepacking is people who have to buy everything titanium and camp somewhere where they are still in sight of their vw t5 a team van :D ,i'm joking of course.

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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby Vorpal » 2 Jun 2017, 1:54pm

Bikepacking = American English for cycle touring

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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby gaz » 2 Jun 2017, 2:04pm

Bikepacking = Something undertaken by two-wheeled members of the Cyclists' Cyclepacking Club :mrgreen:
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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby trilathon » 2 Jun 2017, 2:05pm

Obviously there are a myriad of individual niches, I've been over most of upland England rough stuff on touring bike with panniers but admittedly not riding like Steve Peat, and never broke anything ( I have have to ride home at some point and no one is going to rescue me from a mechanical or broken bone) and host of folks have done a huge amount more than that in the Rough Stuff Fellowship, and before, to the extent of taking climbing ropes and descending cliffs etc.

At the end of the day there's little new in cycling that hasn't been done before and on a bicycle you're largely restricted to paths and the terrain can't be too steep, rough or 'gnarly' before one is walking anyway, but hey ho.
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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby nirakaro » 2 Jun 2017, 3:17pm

trilathon wrote: on a bicycle you're largely restricted to paths and the terrain can't be too steep, rough or 'gnarly' before one is walking anyway, but hey ho.

You can't have seen this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjA

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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby Mick F » 2 Jun 2017, 3:50pm

I saw a unipannierist the other day.
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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby mercalia » 2 Jun 2017, 4:34pm

the inword for cycle touring :roll: invented by those who think they have invented some thing new becuase all the cycling they ever did was to the pub or station :lol:

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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby amediasatex » 2 Jun 2017, 4:35pm

also, see here for more discussion about difference to traditional touring and luggage differences

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=112585&start=15

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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby iandriver » 2 Jun 2017, 4:38pm

I think a lot of people think of cycle touring as something out of Carry on Camping for old farts. It's an attempt to give the adventure/ extreme sports dynamic to bike for a younger generation. Happens to be fine by me, as long as your out enjoying yourself.
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Re: What is "bikepacking"?

Postby mjr » 2 Jun 2017, 5:09pm

Bez wrote:
trilathon wrote:lots of new folks on bicycles, mainly through the road scene and mtb, strapping bags to bicycles that aren't usually purpose built for the task in hand ie having the braze -ons for carrying luggage via racks.


Not really. It's about being able to ride more demanding off-road routes. Bikepacking luggage isn't about making do without braze-ons (though you could use it as such), it's about having keeping the weight close to the centre of gravity, keeping it static, and not having mountings that break under much rougher load cycles than luggage on a normal touring bike would see.

I thought it was about keeping it more aerodynamic rather than close to the centre of gravity. I know some bikepackers use frame bags, but seatpacks and bar bags seem far more common.
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