bikepacking guide

I travel when I’m free, but my favorite one is bicycle packaging. I will tell you the basic knowledge and methods of bicycle packaging, so that you can enjoy an extraordinary experience every day, which is different from long-distance travel and day-trip climbing!

what’s the bikepacking?

Short answer: it’s your bike touring with backpacking. Through the free combination of multi-function bags, the continuous overnight trip is realized in a light and compact.

From ultralight monorail tour to fully loaded dirt road, any focuses on off-road travel, away from cars, especially monorail travel.

With the development of gravel road and the development of new handbags, it began to show signs of fashion in the United States and has been widely recognized around the world since 2015.

The bicycle packaging style has the following advantages:

  • First, it’s easy to install
  • Light weight, but large capacity
  • There are many options for bags
  • Low price for touring
  • Loose schedule, long or short
  • Not necessarily touring bike
  • You don’t need any tools and you can start without any hard work

I myself travel more and more in the form of bicycle packaging, and I benefit from it.

4-packing different from the traditional style

When I started to ride a bike, I didn’t even say to pack a bike.

As you usually imagine, packing a bike adventurer style, its luggage rack is fixed on the bicycle, and is equipped with side bags.

The load capacity and the sense of stability are very strong, and I am absolutely confident of long-term travel.

Unlike the lightweight and compact bags used in bicycle packaging, this bag has a large capacity.

The advantage of the way of attaching the bag to the cargo bed is that the center of gravity is stable and is unlikely to become unstable even when being loaded.

Some cyclists tend to avoid it, but there are many advantages when it is actually introduced, which I personally think is better for me.

It is mainly used for very long trips that last more than a week or camping trips. In other words, the more luggage you have, the more comfortable the 4-bag suitcase is over bicycle packaging.

If you use a large container bag, you can carry enough load without the need for front bagging. You can travel all over the United States with the help of a bag and a frame bag.

I personally recommend that you understand the advantages of this 4-bag style and in some cases add it to your selection.

Of course, for a trip of about one night and two days, or for modern bicycle travel using hotels and hostels, it’s safe to say that 4 bags is too big a specification.

which bike for backpacking

The advantage of the bike packaging style is that it can be used with any bike, but even so, it still depends on the bike type.

This moment, I recommend pick up a Gravel Road Bike. Gravel bike can adapt to all kinds of terrain. The Comfort, stability and efficiency are laudable.

If it is too light or the design of each part is harsh, it will be difficult to operate the bike when loading luggage, and it will be difficult to install luggage in the first place.

To be honest, neither the road bike or the TT (time trial) bike used for racing is not suitable when uphill climbing. As you have baggage that drains your energy.

packing list

This is an overview of the typical equipment I actually used during my camping trip.

The assumption is as follows.

  • Support 1 to 5 nights
  • Basically sleeping in tents, no hotels
  • The daily mileage is about 100-150 km

First off, try to confine yourself to a tote bag. As long as you plan ahead, it’s not difficult.

On most bicycle trips, you rarely do laundry or dry out while traveling. If possible, wear quick-drying clothes – from underwear to coats.

And make full use of limited packaging space. Roll up the clothing to remove air and stuff it into the hollow object.

Here’s my list

  • helmet, kettle, Belt bag and small backpack
  • 3 pairs of cycling shorts, quick dry Jersey, Quick-drying socks
  • a gravel bicycle and 2 shoes, gloves
  • 2~3 T-shirts or casual shirts, Pants or jeans
  • Rain jacket and sandals
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, Deodorant, razor
  • Passport, wallet and ID card
  • Cash and / or credit card
  • Insect repellent, Antiseptic cream or antibiotic ointment, Sunscreen, band Aid
Summary

This is a modern style, in a sense, it is suitable for light and compact minimal style, little luggage, can quickly tour for two days and one night.

Before you start bikepacking, your first task is to pick out a bike that handles well. As I said earlier, I recommend you to ride gravel bike.

Bikepacking will bring you different life experiences. Remember to bring your camera and capture the moment. Click here for more interesting tips

cyclocross bike guide

The racing bikes that travel on off-road routes such as obstacles, steep slopes and beaches are cyclocross bicycles.

But in practice, they can be widely used for walking and trekking as well as commuting to work and training during the off-season.

What is cyclocross bike

Cyclocross is a bicycle race where you can compete in short distance cross-country races with obstacles within a predetermined time.

Unlike road racing on paved roads, “cyclocross = unpaved rough roads” consists of obstacles called curves, steep slopes and beach sections.

Differences from road bikes and gravel roads

Although it looks like a road bike, there are differences in design concept. Also, let’s explain the differences from the popular gravel road/adventure road.

The cyclocross bike is a form a road bike suitable for rough roads. But if you look at the details, you will find that it is off-road design.

The top tube has a horizontal shape, which is easy to carry, and the distance between the frame and the tire is larger, which can prevent the dirt from blocking. Cantilever and disc brakes are mounted on thick tires.

When it comes to cyclocross that can be driven off-road with a drop handle, these days it’s popular to call them gravel roads and adventure roads. How is it different from cyclocross bike?

Gravel bike is like cyclocross what you found out. It’s best for Long-distance travel, but cyclocross is friendly competition.

Gravel’s relaxed upright position makes long-distance travel, including unpaved roads be possible. Many models are equipped with tires with a width equal to or greater than 35 mm. Cyclocross has only 32mm.

Given all the conditions in a cyclocross race, there is a balance between stability on rough roads and the agility required by the bike.

The gravel design concept is distinct from the cyclocross. Gravel roads are a modern version of the geometry of off-road vehicles that fall into the road and can reduce fatigue during long journeys, such as travel.

why cyclocross

For those who don’t compete, the cyclocross is a flexible bike because it can be used for urban cycling and cross-country touring.

Cyclocross bike is the mainstream disc braking. Disc brakes are also attractive because they have high braking power and are less affected by weather such as rain.

Many Cyclocross bikes use a double-chain set at the front, but use lower gears, such as 46-36, to accommodate off-road.

In recent years, the front single model without front chain shifter and second sprocket teeth has become a trend. In addition to reducing weight, you can also eliminate chain failures caused by shifting gears.

The Cyclocross bike is pain-free on the shoulder and prevents dirt from fouling the cable due to dirt and other foreign material.

In cross-country RACES, tires of up to 700x33C can be used, so the frame is also designed according to this standard. This means you have a wider choice which change the tires. That can be used on any roads, or used for cruising on unpaved paths.

choose

Read here, maybe Cyclocross are good! For those who think let us know the main points of choice.

It is the same as a road bike, if you want a high-spec frame and parts, the price will not drop. Without a budget, no one can buy a high-end machine.

We recommend entry-level machines that strike a good balance between price and performance.

Carbon is the mainstream of cycling, but aluminium is the main material at a reasonable price. Aluminum is the material that strikes a good balance between strength, durability and cost.

Similar to road bikes and mountain bikes, you can find Cyclocross bikes priced at around 600 dollars from various manufacturers.

summary

If you buy a Cyclocross bike, be sure to participate in the event. Autumn to winter is the season of Cyclocross racing.

Enjoy your bike life.

You can start training in spring and participate in activities, you can also participate in activities at will, even beginners can participate in autumn and winter off-road cycling activities.

Even if you buy the first bike for city riding or commuting, you usually want a second one.

And get the first high-spec full carbon fiber bike, you are still want the 2nd as a spare bike.