How to estimate YOUR

When planning a bikepacking trip, you'll need to estimate daily distance so you can plan food, camping, and transportation.  This can be hard because it depends on so many factors: terrain, fitness, load, daylight, personal goals, weather, and more! Here's how to make your best guess.

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Terrain and Style

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Terrain and riding style are often the biggest factors in daily distance, as these general miles per day estimates show:

Pavement and smooth gravel: 50-70 Dirt roads and easy trails: 40-55 Rough 4x4 roads, trails: 30-40 Technical trails: 20-30

Rider and Goals

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Your experience, approach, and personal goals also make a big difference:

Beginner: Getting a taste of riding and camping Relaxed: Taking it easy, enjoying camp Moderate: Efficient and in bikepacking shape, but not in a rush Ambitious: Fit, light, and excited about covering miles

Bike and Gear Load

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Pace also depends on how heavy your bike is and how well it's suited for the terrain.  On rugged singletrack, a heavily loaded touring bike will be much slower than a lightly loaded mountain bike!  On smooth gravel a full-suspension mountain bike will be slower than a light gravel bike. 

Other Factors

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Don't forget to consider these other factors, depending on your trip:

Elevation profile Daylight hours Weather and road conditions Resupply stops and rest days Mechanical issues Route detours Group size

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