Are you excited to strap some camping gear to a bike and pedal off toward the horizon? Of course you are! Bikepacking is the best. :) You don't need a fancy bike for bikepacking, but it does help to have a reliable ride that's designed for the terrain you'll be tackling. Tap to see an overview of bikepacking bike types and popular models for each.
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Bikes come in a huge range of styles and materials. Here are the biggest factors related to bikepacking: Riding style (geometry, tire clearance, suspension) Materials, durability, reliability Geometry (comfy all-day posture) Cargo carrying capacity Versatility: many routes are mixed-terrain Price and quality in line with your budget Up next... terrain and bike examples!
The best kind of bike depends on where you want to go bikepacking. Each type of bike has an ideal range of terrain and surfaces:
Best for: well-maintained gravel and dirt roads, occasional pavement or smooth dirt trails
Advantages: light and simple
Disadvantages: challenging and uncomfortable on rougher surfaces
Best for: rough dirt and gravel roads, moderate trails, long mixed-terrain routes
Advantages: simple and very versatile
Disadvantages: overwhelmed by very technical trails
Best for: moderately technical trails, rough 4x4 roads, comfort on bumpy surfaces
Advantages: comfortable and capable
Disadvantages: heavier and more complex than fully rigid
Best for: very technical trails with large obstacles
Advantages: most capable choice for technical riding
Disadvantages: complex, expensive, limited cargo space
That's not all! There are so many ways to bikepack and so many great bikepacking bikes. Read the full post for more.
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