Pos­si­bly Ob­vi­ous But Prob­a­bly Es­sen­tial Bikepack­ing Tips

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1. TRY BE­FORE YOU RIDE.

If you em­bark with a bike you haven’t rid­den in fi­nal ad­ven­ture mode (i.e. fully loaded), the ad­ven­ture will be over be­fore it even starts.

2. PACK EX­TRA GLOVES.

You can’t have too many. The weather will al­ways be worse than you ex­pect. The grams you saved by ditch­ing an ex­tra pair of gloves will come back to haunt you.

3. EM­BRACE TUBE­LESS.

Re­mem­ber 56K di­alup In­ter­net? It was great. You’d punch in a URL, go make cof­fee, and by the time you re­turned there’d be a cute po­lar bear on your screen. But you’d never choose it today. Let tubes go the way of 56K and say farewell to pinch flats for­ever.

4. BRING A BOOK.

With­out elec­tric­ity it’s amaz­ing how quickly it gets dark, and in the mid­dle of the wilder­ness when no one else is around, you will feel less alone.

5. DE­PLOY THE CIN­NA­MON ROLL.

Wrap wet clothes in news­pa­per, and roll (the pa­per is the dough; the clothes, the cin­na­mon). Use­ful in high moun­tain ham­lets where rain never stops and there are no trees to burn.

6. PRAC­TISE OP­TI­MISTIC SCEP­TI­CISM (OS).

A cousin of Ir­ra­tional Ex­u­ber­ance, OS en­cour­ages the wild and am­bi­tious. Un­like its head­strong re­la­tion, it de­mands a wary eye. How it works: your plan was to at­tain a vista camp­ing spot. But there’s a bliz­zard, so you camp be­low the snow­line in­stead. Next day, your party does not need to re­sort to eat­ing each other.

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