The best bikes for bikepacking
So how do you pack your bike properly? We’re glad you asked! Follow this simple guide below for a quick and easy way to get packing for your bikepacking adventure:
- Great for carrying heavy items
- Tents, cooking equipment, food, and water fit great in a pannier pack
- Clothes, sleeping bags, and pads also fit nicely in a pannier pack
- Just remember to distribute the weight evenly on both sides of the panniers
- Check out our Hwy 61 Bike Panniers with an expandable roll-top to fit just about anything
- Keep anything light and that you need while riding in here
- Keys, wallet, phone, snacks, maps, and other objects you want readily available
- Try our Sawbill Trail Handlebar Bag that doubles as a small shoulder bag
- Good for other travel necessities you may need on the trail
- Bike repair tools, spare tires, bike pump, leatherman, flint/steel, fire starters, and a tire patch or five
- Our Trezona Tube Bag is a tried and true favorite here at Frost River
Did you know that you have a higher chance of being hit by a car than being attacked by a bear? That being said, biking in nature means coming across wildlife—and sometimes that can mean surprising a bear, especially when coming around a bend or bush. Make sure if you’re in bear country, especially during their more active times before hibernation, to carry bear spray on your person at all times. After all, while you might be a fast biker, there’s no out biking a bear who tops out at 30 MPH.
When & Where to go
This may very well be the hardest choice you have to make when planning your bikepacking adventure. While a trip on a paved local path may be easier to start on, more epic long weekend or backcountry biking opportunities are limitless. We recommend a loop trip—it allows you to park one car in one place, giving you a full outdoor experience with the convenience of pedaling back to your car at the end of a grueling bikepacking trip and saving you time having to backtrack to your vehicle.
Wherever you choose to go, make sure you’re either on a well-marked path with signs, bring a compass and a map, or a GPS device of sorts for a stress-free trek into the wild on your bike.
Season and time of year will also affect your bikepacking trip. Depending on where you live and what season it is, your hours of daylight for biking and setting up camp will vary. Make sure you plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at designated campsites ahead of sunset to set up and cook yourself a well-earned meal.
Mileage also matters when planning your trip. Depending on your skill level, you’ll want to find a route that accommodates your physical abilities to bike a certain amount of miles in one day—while allotting for all the scenic views you’ll stop to take in, meals, breaks, and camp chores before sunset.
Wherever you choose to venture out on your trusty metal steed, you’re sure to have an epic time that you’ll not soon forget!
How to Pack a Pannier Pack
Worried about how to use and pack your panniers? Watch the video below to see how to pack for a quick, overnight getaway on your bike.