Bikepacking Checklist and Essentials – Everything You Need

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For many people, bikepacking is a new word. Bike-what? Bike-Packing! Bikepacking is the act of biking while backpacking – carrying all you need for your overnight stay on your mountain bike or in some cases, just the basics like water and snacks.

Bikepackers are often self-sufficient, so they don’t rely on services at campgrounds to get by. This bikepacking gear list will help you decide what to bring on your next mountain bike adventure!

Bikepacking Packs

Instead of carrying things on your back like in backpacking or hiking, you don’t want to have a lot of weight on your back when biking. So if possible, you should not wear a backpack. The most important thing is that the majority of the weight should be placed as low as possible onto your bike frame for better stability and riding comfort.

  • Seat Pack
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Topeak  TC2262B Aero Wedge Pack with Strap Mount,...
Topeak TC2262B Aero Wedge Pack with Strap Mount,...
Constructed from 1200D polyester; 3M reflective strip; Made in Taiwan; Large openings swallow up all the things you take on your ride. Expandable.
$26.78 −$4.25 $22.53
  • Handlebar Bag
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  • Water Bottle Cage

Helmet

Your head is the most impact-prone part of your body. So, it’s important to protect yourself with a helmet when you ride your bike even though it may cause some neck soreness when riding for long distances.

A good modern bike helmet consists of a lightweight outer shell and protective liner made from polystyrene foam that absorbs impacts.

With more coverage, mountain bike helmets come with more features. They are highly ventilated and can offer face protection, and also have visors to help protect your eyes from the sun when riding high in the mountains.

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Giro Fixture MIPS Bike Helmet - Matte Black,One...
Giro Fixture MIPS Bike Helmet - Matte Black,One...
MARKET-LEADING PROTECTION: Engineered in Giro’s category-leading helmet test lab; VENTILATION: 18 Wind Tunnel vents with internal channeling
$70.00 −$5.05 $64.95
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Road & Mountain Bike MTB Helmet for Adult Men...
Road & Mountain Bike MTB Helmet for Adult Men...
Detachable visor is easy to remove or install. Package includes 1 helmet & 1 carrying bag.
$54.99 −$21.00 $33.99
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Troy Lee Designs Adult | Downhill | Mountain Bike...
Troy Lee Designs Adult | Downhill | Mountain Bike...
20 high-flow intake and exhaust ports for maximum ventilation; Full incremental sizing for greater range of fitment
$395.00

Lights

When you’re out riding and want to set up camp for the night, using a high-output bike light that is mounted on handlebars is essential. The brightness of these lights can easily complement any headlamp. So when it’s time to find some wood for the fire, see if there are any food sources nearby such as berries, or crawl under rocks looking through crevices in search of insects like ants.

  • Bike Light
  • Headlamp

GPS Tracker

Dedicated bikepackers often use stem-mounted GPS systems called cycling computers to navigate and track their distance and location. Athletes and most people, however, prefer using a smartwatch that can also monitor heart rate and other physical data points as well as tell you where exactly you are located at any given moment.

  • Wristwatch
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Garmin 010-02064-00 Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch...
Garmin 010-02064-00 Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch...
Rugged GPS watch built to withstand the toughest environments
$299.99 −$92.64 $207.35
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SUUNTO 7 GPS Sports Smart Watch
SUUNTO 7 GPS Sports Smart Watch
$399.00 −$69.10 $329.90
  • Cycling Computer
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Garmin Edge 530, Performance GPS Cycling/Bike...
Garmin Edge 530, Performance GPS Cycling/Bike...
Customize with free apps, widgets and data fields from the Connect IQ Store

Sleeping Gear

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One of the most important things to consider when planning for a bikepacking trip is what kind of shelter you want. Many options are available, including tents, tarps, and bivies or hammocks if that’s your preferred style. You may even be fortunate enough to find an established tent site with two trees at just the right distance apart!

And instead of an air mattress, buy a quality down sleeping bag or quilt. These are lighter and more compact than foam pads that require bulky space in the pack. Foam pads, on the other hand, can be used for desert touring where it is hot during day time but cold at night when you’re resting up to begin your next cycling leg due to its insulating properties.

  • Tent
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Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent for Camping | Sundome...
Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent for Camping | Sundome...
WIND AND RAIN TESTED: Strong frame withstands 35+ mph winds; GREAT VENTILATION: Large windows and ground vent for enhanced airflow
$99.99 −$30.00 $69.99
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Coleman 6-Person Dome Tent with Screen Room |...
Coleman 6-Person Dome Tent with Screen Room |...
Conventional pitch: Sets up in 15 minutes; Bug-free lounging: 10 x 5 feet full-floor screen room
$199.99 −$80.00 $119.99
  • Hammock
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  • Bivy
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WFS 1-Person T-Bivy Camping Tent with Rain Fly,...
WFS 1-Person T-Bivy Camping Tent with Rain Fly,...
7.7' x 3.2' x 2', sleeps 1; Mesh roof panel; Includes rain cover, storage bags, and stakes
$39.90 −$9.30 $30.60
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LytHarvest Single Person Personal Bivy Tent, 1...
LytHarvest Single Person Personal Bivy Tent, 1...
Easy to Assembly: One person dome tent with two hoops, setups in 5 minutes or less; Bivy bag tent, Bivy tent, bivi tent, 1 person bivvy tent
$52.90
  • Tarp
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Amazon Basics Waterproof Camping Tarp - 10 x 12...
Amazon Basics Waterproof Camping Tarp - 10 x 12...
Multi-purpose outdoor tarp is great for covering items or placement under a camping tent; Rugged rust-resistant grommets along the outer edge for securely tying down the tarp
$17.61
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REDCAMP Hammock Rain Fly Camping Tarp Waterproof,...
REDCAMP Hammock Rain Fly Camping Tarp Waterproof,...
WATERPROOF: The waterproof tent tarp is made of 210T polyester ripstop PU2000mm
$29.99 −$2.00 $27.99
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
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Coleman Self-Inflating Camping Pad with Pillow
Coleman Self-Inflating Camping Pad with Pillow
Inflatable sleeping pad provides extra cushioning on camping trips; Self-inflating design; free-flow valve inflates the pad with no air pump required
$49.99 −$20.77 $29.22

Clothing

Wearing the right clothes is important when riding a bike. It will be necessary to have biking gloves, shorts, jerseys, socks, mountain bike shoes, and rain protective gear for camping after you’re done biking with your friends.

  • Athletic Wicking Jersey
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adidas Women's Core 18 AEROREADY Primegreen...
adidas Women's Core 18 AEROREADY Primegreen...
Crewneck, moisture-absorbing soccer jersey; Regular fit is wider at the body, with a straight silhouette
$20.00
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DRI-EQUIP Long Sleeve Moisture Wicking Athletic...
DRI-EQUIP Long Sleeve Moisture Wicking Athletic...
DRI-EQUIP Long Sleeve Moisture Wicking Athletic Shirts in Mens Sizes XS-4XL; 3.8-ounce, 100% cationic polyester
$17.99
  • Padded Shorts
  • Cycling Tights
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BALEAF Men's Yoga Leggings with Pockets Athletic...
BALEAF Men's Yoga Leggings with Pockets Athletic...
Big side pockets are available for 4",4.7",5",5.5" Mobile Phone
$24.99
  • Sports Bra
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AKAMC Women's Medium Support Cross Back Wirefree...
AKAMC Women's Medium Support Cross Back Wirefree...
Seamless Design & Removeable Soft Padding, gives you maximum freedom of movement.
$69.99 −$43.00 $26.99
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Under Armour Women's Armour Mid Keyhole Sports Bra...
Under Armour Women's Armour Mid Keyhole Sports Bra...
Machine Washable: Easily wash this sports bra to keep it clean and fresh
$26.85
  • Socks
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Compressprint Men and Women Cycling Socks 4 Pairs...
Compressprint Men and Women Cycling Socks 4 Pairs...
Our Function: 15-20 mm Hg For Calf and Protect Leg For Long term Sporting; Our Packing : 4 Pairs One Set
$22.99 −$6.10 $16.89
  • Mountain Bike Shoes
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Five Ten Freerider Black/Grey Five/Red 10 D (M)
Five Ten Freerider Black/Grey Five/Red 10 D (M)
Regular fit, Lace closure; Leather upper, Medium-flex midsole; Benefit: Stealth, Flats; Material: Textile/Leather, Weight: 15.0 oz (425 gm)
$100.00 −$10.12 $89.88
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Five Ten Trailcross LT Mountain Bike Shoes Men's,...
Five Ten Trailcross LT Mountain Bike Shoes Men's,...
Breathable mesh upper; Imported; Lace closure
$139.95
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Five Ten Freerider Pro Mountain Bike Shoe - Men's...
Five Ten Freerider Pro Mountain Bike Shoe - Men's...
Regular fit, Lace closure; Fast-drying synthetic upper, Textile lining; Stealth S1 rubber outsole for unbeatable grip
$150.00 −$35.12 $114.88
  • Bike Gloves
  • Rain Jacket
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  • Rain Pants
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FROGG TOGGS Woman's Standard Women's Classic Pro...
FROGG TOGGS Woman's Standard Women's Classic Pro...
Made with Frogg Toggs breathable, waterproof, wind-resistant, and lightweight material
$29.99 −$12.02 $17.97
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Frogg Toggs Ultra-lite2 Rain Suit W/stuff Sack -...
Frogg Toggs Ultra-lite2 Rain Suit W/stuff Sack -...
Ultra-Lite2 Rain Suit includes a jacket and pant; Jacket features an adjustable hood with cord locks and full front zipper with storm flap
$29.99 −$15.02 $14.97
  • Warm Hat
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Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie, Dark...
Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie, Dark...
Carhartt label sewn on front; 100% Acrylic; Stretchable; Hand wash only; Made in the USA of imported parts
$16.99
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  • Sunglasses

Cooking and Nutrition

Always be prepared and pack food and snacks for your hike. Also, you won’t want to forget your stove, fuel, lighter, and spork. You’ll need a mug for hot drinks too! What you bring along will depend on how long of a trip it is, but here are some recommendations to get you started.

  • Portable Stove
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Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Stove...
Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Stove...
Bottom cup doubles as a measuring cup and a bowl.; Measures 4.1 in W x 7.1 in H (104 mm x 180 mm); weighs 13.1 oz (371 g).
$109.95
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Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove...
Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove...
Measures 5.0 inches W, 5.5 inches H (12.7 cm x 14 cm); weighs 14.6 oz (415 g).
$149.95
  • Fuel
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GasOne Camping Fuel Blend Isobutane Fuel Canister...
GasOne Camping Fuel Blend Isobutane Fuel Canister...
2 Pack - Comes 2 pc of Gas One's Isobutane fuel
$19.99
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GasOne Camping Fuel Blend Isobutane Fuel Canister...
GasOne Camping Fuel Blend Isobutane Fuel Canister...
4 Pack - Comes 4 pc of Gas One's Isobutane fuel
$29.99
  • Lighter
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Torch Lighter, Refillable Mini Butane Lighter with...
Torch Lighter, Refillable Mini Butane Lighter with...
🔥Refillable Torch Lighter with Safety Lock, Safe to Use Anytime.; 🔥Waterproof Design Butane Lighter, Perfect for Outdoors.
$12.99
  • Spork
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Snow Peak - Titanium Spork - Japanese Titanium,...
Snow Peak - Titanium Spork - Japanese Titanium,...
Durable Cutlery: Enjoy your meals with this sturdy flatware whether at home or camping; Outdoor Dining Bliss: Enjoy the outdoors with our products' minimalism and elegance
$9.95
  • Nutrition Bars
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Pure Protein Bars, High Protein, Nutritious Snacks...
Pure Protein Bars, High Protein, Nutritious Snacks...
One 18 ct box of Pure Protein Variety Pack Protein Bars; These 20g and 21g protein bars offer delicious chocolate flavors in every bar
$19.99 −$1.25 $18.74
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KIND Healthy Snack Bar, Caramel Almond & Sea Salt,...
KIND Healthy Snack Bar, Caramel Almond & Sea Salt,...
Contains 12 - 1.4oz KIND Bars; Nutritionally dense snack bars lead with heart healthy almonds as the #1 ingredient
$23.88 −$12.90 $10.98
  • Bowl
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MSR Alpine Nesting Bowl Silver, One Size
MSR Alpine Nesting Bowl Silver, One Size
Redesigned for 2014; Made of Stainless Steel; Nests for convenient storage
$8.95
  • Camping Food
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Mountain House Classic Bucket | Freeze Dried...
Mountain House Classic Bucket | Freeze Dried...
RECYCLABLE - Recycled used pouches with TerraCycle to reduce waste.
$109.99 −$10.00 $99.99
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Mountain House Expedition Bucket | Freeze Dried...
Mountain House Expedition Bucket | Freeze Dried...
RECYCLABLE - Recycled used pouches with TerraCycle to reduce waste.
$134.49 −$7.67 $126.82
  • Can Opener
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Two Sets of P-38 and P-51 Military Can Openers,...
Two Sets of P-38 and P-51 Military Can Openers,...
military style Can Openers for outdoors.; Exclusive Operating Instructions Card included.
$9.79
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Chef Craft Select Butterfly Can Opener, 4 inch,...
Chef Craft Select Butterfly Can Opener, 4 inch,...
Only four inches in length, it is easy to store even in a full drawer; Small size is great for camping or to take with a lunch
$5.84
  • Dishwashing Soap

Water

This is not an option. You have to carry H2O with you when hiking, even though it’s inconvenient because at the end of the day, your pack will be much heavier than before, and drinking lots of fluid can lead to needing more pit stops along the way.

If you are planning to hike in a remote location, make sure that before your trip starts you have packed the necessary water filtration system.

  • Water Bottle
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TOP-UP Multifunctional Water Resistant Outdoor...
TOP-UP Multifunctional Water Resistant Outdoor...
Air mesh side water bottle pockets design.; Could be carried in many different ways.; Soft and comfortable belts with good elasticity in a compact design.
$23.98
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Giotto 32oz Motivational Water Bottle with Times &...
Giotto 32oz Motivational Water Bottle with Times &...
★Use Tips:Do not drop it;Not dishwasher safe;Clean with baking soda and vinegar.
$18.99
  • Water Filtration System
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Safety, Hygiene, and Toiletries

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When packing for the trip, remember that you can only bring as many hygiene and toiletry items. You shouldn’t pack more than what is needed to reduce how heavy your bag will be at the end of every day.

  • First-Aid Supplies
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  • Shampoo
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Rinse Free Body Wash & Shampoo | Hospital Grade...
Rinse Free Body Wash & Shampoo | Hospital Grade...
You will receive 3 Large 8.5 Fl. Oz. Bottles.
$24.95
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Medline - MSC092016 Remedy with Phytoplex...
Medline - MSC092016 Remedy with Phytoplex...
Gentle application - Convenient pump bottle easily dispenses smooth gel
$6.58
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste Kit
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Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Travel...
Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Travel...
Brush Your Teeth on the Go, Anytime, Anywhere; Mini Prepasted Toothbrush, No Rinsing Necessary
$31.96 −$17.19 $14.77
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Adult Pre-Pasted Disposable Toothbrushes - 144 per...
Adult Pre-Pasted Disposable Toothbrushes - 144 per...
Adult Pre-Pasted Disposable Toothbrushes - 144 per pack; 4 Bristle Row Count; 39 Tuft Soft End Rounded Bristles
$29.49
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Prepasted Disposable Toothbrushes Individually...
Prepasted Disposable Toothbrushes Individually...
You will receive 72 Prepasted Disposable Toothbrushes each is Individually Wrapped.; BUY NOW while supplies last...
$24.98
  • Face Surgical Masks
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HALYARD FLUIDSHIELD Surgical N95 Respirators, ASTM...
HALYARD FLUIDSHIELD Surgical N95 Respirators, ASTM...
All HALYARD* N95s are Made in the Americas, unlike suppliers who rely on supply from Asia.
$526.59 −$152.16 $374.43
  • Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Wipes
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Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes, Fresh Scent, 20...
Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes, Fresh Scent, 20...
Antibacterial Skin Formula; Kills 99.99% of germs; Hypoallergenic and enriched with skin-conditioning aloe
$17.99 −$3.85 $14.14
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Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes,...
Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes,...
Alcohol free plant based formula that kills 99.9 % of germs; Non allergenic ingredients that are soothing to the most sensitive hands
$12.24 −$1.92 $10.32
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Cleanze Antibacterial Hand Sanitizing Wipes | 100...
Cleanze Antibacterial Hand Sanitizing Wipes | 100...
FDA Registered OTC Product: NDC #77720-003-08
$5.99
  • Insect Repellent
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Repel Insect Repellent Citronella Candle, Triple...
Repel Insect Repellent Citronella Candle, Triple...
CREATES AN INSECT BARRIER: 20-ounce candle provides up to 40 hours of protection.; MADE WITH REAL CITRONELLA OIL: Keeps mosquitoes away from outdoor activities for hours.
$19.99 −$13.02 $6.97
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  • Common or Prescription Medications
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Welly Remedies - Children's Medicine Travel Kit,...
Welly Remedies - Children's Medicine Travel Kit,...
Individually wrapped remedies to tackle your common travel symptoms one-by-one.; Kid friendly chewable remedies.
$13.99 −$2.10 $11.89
  • Sunscreen
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Banana Boat Sunscreen Sport Performance Broad...
Banana Boat Sunscreen Sport Performance Broad...
4 - 1 Ounce tubes; Sport performance sunscreen lotion; Water resistant; SPF 30; Broad UVA/UVB protection
$9.90 −$2.63 $7.27
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Banana Boat Sport Ultra, Reef Friendly, Broad...
Banana Boat Sport Ultra, Reef Friendly, Broad...
TSA FRIENDLY - clinically proven broad spectrum protection protects you from UVA/UVB rays.
$8.97
  • Toilet paper
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Coghlan's Packable Camp Toilet Tissue, 2-Rolls
Coghlan's Packable Camp Toilet Tissue, 2-Rolls
Coreless rolls take up less space in your pack; 140 single-ply sheets per roll
$6.49

Bike Repair Kit

Bikepackers should bring some basic bike maintenance tools like a tire-repair kit. Add to that list chain lube/pins/links along with spare cables for your bike in case anything breaks during extended trips. You could even carry a lightweight lock when stopping into towns to resupply yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Type of Bike Do You Use for Bikepacking?

If you plan to bikepack, adventure-ready gravel mountain bikes like hardtail (front suspension fork), full suspension, and fat-tired mountain bikes are our main recommendations.

How Much Weight Should I Take Bikepacking?

You should pack your bag depending on the length of time you will be traveling, weather conditions, and how much weight your bike can handle. Generally speaking, aim for under 20 lbs without the weight of the bicycle itself.

What Is the Difference Between Bikepacking and Bike Touring?

When it comes to long-distance traveling via roads, people usually refer to “bike touring”. This is when you go from one destination and return home without going off-road through trails or other difficult terrains. In contrast, the term for adventuring on mostly non-paved surfaces is “bikepacking”.

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