In many ways it’s the remoteness that makes bikepacking so great. Riding rough tracks, alone with nature, a hundred miles from anywhere. That same remoteness makes it altogether less great if you have a mechanical. No public transport, no mobile phone signal, not even a farmer’s door to knock on. If you can’t fix it with what you’re carrying, that 100 miles from anywhere just turned into a very long walk. So you’ll want to have a few more tools and spares with you than on your Sunday morning road ride, yet you don’t want to add too much weight and bag space is always at a premium. This is what my trips so far have taught me to take. 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.