Fascinating read in Nature Magazine published July 2016
the Trans-America Trail—the cob-rough, dirt-and-gravel path across the U.S. adored by off-road motorcyclists.
Bikepacking, in which the bike serves as both steed and pack mule along dirt single- and doubletrack—is one of the hottest trends in cycling. Statistics are elusive, but the anecdotes of bikepacking’s exploding popularity are many. For example, the Tour Divide, the famed 2,745-mile, self-supported knobby-tire course through the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, went from 17 riders in 2008 to 185 in 2016 (though not everyone goes the distance).
Large gear manufacturers are stepping up, too, joining niche brands in making equipment that’s stout enough to outfit a multi-day trip, but light enough that riders won’t curse themselves for bringing so much. Giant and Ortlieb now make bikepacking-specific bags, and California’s Blackburn Design can barely keep up with demand for its handlebar bags and seat packs. “It’s very redeeming,” says Robin Sansom, Blackburn’s brand manager. “You know that these products are being used for something joyful and extraordinary.” This summer, industry titan Specialized rolled out the Sequoia, the second bikepacking-ready model in its Adventure line, and unveiled a collection of packs, clothing, and accessories made specifically for the long haul.
It’s not the falling off that hurts, it’s the landing.
Training is like wrestling a bear – you don’t stop just because you’re tired.
You are one ride away from a good mood.
“Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.” Fausto Coppi
Four wheels move your body, two wheels move your soul.
“It never gets easier, you just get faster.” Greg LeMond
The older I get, the faster I was.
“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” Eddy Merckx.
It’s only a hill, get over it.
“As long as I breathe, I attack.” Bernard Hinault.
Keep the rubber side down.
“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” Eddy Merckx.
Before thinking about buying a lighter bike, make yourself lighter.
If someone finds me collapsed on the road, please pause my Garmin.
When I was younger I asked my dad how many hills were left towards the end of the ride, he would reply: “It’s all downhill. Except for the uphill bits.”
This is a recovery ride for me today. You know, just in case I’m a little slower on the hills.
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I saw a Route Planning Guide on BikePacking and I realized that some of it I use and a couple of things I will add. The rest I will look at after a couple of trips and see what I could have done better.
First off, I love the Delorme’s Atlas and Gazetteer series of maps and have them for Washington and Oregon.
My new one to try will be BikeMap and I will let you know how it goes.
Wait, one that wasn’t in that article that I do use is the AdventureCycling Interactive Map, which is especially valuable for forest fires and other route conditions.
6 Years farther down the road, I clipped on the Arkel bags again (and I barely remembered my hack for the rack) and went here, where it always begins.
Camping this weekend on the Swift Campout 2016 with a group. Should be nice to get everything on the bike, as soon as I get it washed, adjusted, that rear wheel trued, and a few things purchased ….