If you are a regular visitor to our blog, you're probably used to reading about huge multi-day affairs. This is not that. This is about my first bikepacking experience.
A couple weeks ago, Salsa sales guys Andy and Bobby and I went on a short bikepacking adventure. We left after work and rode south of Salsa HQ about 15 miles to Cleary Lake Regional Park, where we had secured a site to camp overnight. Upon arrival at the campsite we were greeted by clouds of the Minnesota state bird: the Mosquito. After the mosquitoes sucked enough blood out of us to make us light headed, we got a fire going, cooked dinner, drank some beers and had a good old time.
It was a great introduction to bike-packing, as this was my first attempt. We even made it back to work on time the next morning. There was not a huge time commitment nor was there a need for a high level of fitness.
For those that want details of my setup, here it is:
2012 Salsa Fargo
Revelate Designs Gas Tank for food, camera, etc
Frame Bag for stove, gas, cooking pot and misc items
Viscacha Seat Bag with sleeping pad and bag, and food
Outdoor Research Lateral Dry Bag used as a handlebar bag, which is the perfect size for my one person tent.
Anything Cage with a 10 liter stuff sack with clothes in it.
Everything worked quite well. and there was not much I would change. I may pack stuff differently next time, but overall there wasn’t anything I really missed.
So if you’re contemplating giving this whole bikepacking thing a try, I offer this story as both inspiration and as a reminder that you can start small. This is a great way to find out what works, and what doesn’t, and to figure out what you need and what you don’t, so when or if you decide to go bigger you’ll be better prepared. So get out there and give it a try!