Our friends at Salsa Cycles, Pat and Ethan, dropped by to lead a seminar on bikepacking. Recently the two completed Bikepacking.com's Moco Route, a 124 mile off-road loop, that begins in DC and tours singletrack throughout Montgomery county. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the party. It was great hearing people share their own personal experiences and tips.
Pat's Salsa Cycles Warbird with Salsa Frame Bag 11 for Warbird 60, Revelate Designs Viscacha Seat Bag, and Revelate Designs Sweetroll Bag.
Ethan's Salsa Cycles El Mariachi Ti with Salsa Frame Bag, Revelate Designs Viscacha Seat Bag, Revelate Designs Sweetroll Bag, Revelate Designs Gas Tank Top Tube/ Stem Bag, and Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag.
Much like traditional touring, the idea behind bikepacking is to take you and your gear on an adventure. Bikepacking relies on frame bags instead of racks and panniers. This is great for off road use and ultralight setups. If you are riding on mostly smooth or paved services, traditional touring setups will work great.
Below is a glimpse of what Pat and Ethan take with them on a trip. All of these are available for order at BicycleSPACE. Have you been bikepacking or touring? What are your must-have essentials? Let us know in the comments.
1. Garmin GPS Cycling Computer Edge Explore 1000
2. Multi Tool w/ Chain Breaker
3. Spare SPD Cleat and Bolts
4. Outdoor Tech Kodiak USB Power Bank
5. Light and Motion Solite EX 250 Headlamp
6. Big Agnes, Inc. Fly Creek UL2 Shelter
7. Nemo Equipment, Inc. Fillo Pillow
8. Big Agnes, Inc. Insulated Q-Core Rectangle Sleeping Pad
9. Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15F Sleeping Bag
10. Backpacker's Pantry Organic Cinnamon Apple Oats and Quinoa
11. GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset
12. SteriPEN Adventure Opti Water Purifier
13. MSR PocketRocket Stove
14. Surly Merino Wool Neck Gaitor
15. DeFeet Woolie Boolie All Mountain Sock
16. 45NRTH Japanther MTN 2-Bolt Cycling Shoe
17. 45NRTH Sturmfist 5 Finger Glove