In many ways it’s the remoteness that makes bikepacking great. Riding rough tracks, alone with nature, miles from anywhere. That same remoteness makes it altogether less great if you have a mechanical that you can’t fix. No mobile coverage to phone for a spousal taxi, no public transport options, no bike shop just down the road that doesn’t exist. So you’ll want to carry a few more tools and spares than on a road ride, but you don’t want to add too much weight or bulk. This is what my experience so far has taught me to take (and why). Continue reading “My Bikepacking Toolkit”
When you look at people’s bikepacking kit lists they seem to have some expensive stuff. Most of it very small and light. But what do you actually need for one night sleeping rough? Continue reading “Bikepacking Overnighter Kit List”
Tour Aotearoa, named after the Maori word for New Zealand, is an MTB brevet running 3,000km the length of the country, from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. I took part in the 2018 edition. On a gravel bike.