Introducing The Bikepacker’s Guide

Salsa Cycles is pleased to announce the publication of our first book, The Bikepacker’s Guide. Penned by our sponsored athletes, Kaitlyn Boyle and Kurt Refsnider, with additional tips and stories from Casey Greene, Cass Gilbert, and Eszter Horanyi.

The Bikepacker’s Guide is the first comprehensive guidebook for backcountry mountain bike bikepacking. It’s also full of inspiration both new and veteran bikepackers alike can count on to stoke the fires for remote two-wheeled travel.

Few people are more qualified to write a guide to bikepacking than Kurt and Kaitlyn. Both of them have a stunning resume of bikepacking accomplishments. Additionally, they’re both professors at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, and the designers of the first course of its kind, Geology Through Bikepacking.

Says Kurt, “A Bikepacker's Guide is written with the goal of providing mountain bikers with knowledge and tools to develop or refine bikepacking experiences. We wanted to create a resource especially for first-time bikepackers that lays out some critical considerations for planning bikepacking adventures - route design, food, water, bike setup, packing, and so on.” The book also includes a variety of tips and tricks the authors have learned through years of trial and error.

Adds Kaitlyn, “While bikepacking is rapidly gaining popularity, there is no simple resource available for people looking to get started. Online forums can offer all the opinions and information you can imagine, but here, we present the basics all in one organized reference.” Kurt and Kaitlyn also made a point to go beyond the commonly sought after information on logistics, addressing other topics that everyone should take into consideration: setting realistic goals, backcountry safety, and Leave No Trace ethics.

Here at Salsa Cycles, we know that knowledge and inspiration is as necessary for any adventure as the equipment that you’ll use to get after it. Through the voices, experiences, lenses, and keyboards of our sponsored riders, friends, and the Salsa crew, we’ve made a point to continually share what cycling adventure means to us, all in the hopes that you’ll realize that what others can do, you can too. The Bikepacker’s Guide is another example of that effort.

“’Adventure by bike’ is not a slogan for us”, says Salsa marketing manager Mike ‘Kid’ Riemer. “Those words guide everything we do, from the products we create to the riders we sponsor to the experiences and stories we share. It is most appropriate that Salsa has published The Bikepacker’s Guide. This is perhaps a new golden era of cyclists looking to experience more in the backcountry via their bicycles, and we intend to help them learn to do it safely and ethically.”

The Bikepacker’s Guide – Part Number MA2074 - is available now through distributor Quality Bicycle Products with a U.S. MSRP of $10.

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Mark Sirek

Mark Sirek

I had to live on both coasts a couple of times to realize that maybe being born in the Midwest wasn’t just arbitrary. I’m drawn to the terrain here, and if you catch me with one of this region’s supreme IPAs in hand, I’ll talk your ear off about my favorite spots. I’ll always take every opportunity though to explore every nook and cranny anywhere I can on a bike, because that’s what makes me feel most alive.


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Efi Fallah | July 13th, 2015

Hi, I wish to buy few guides but we don’t have a reseller in Israel. Is their an online store we can buy it that ship it internationally?


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Eric | July 13th, 2015

I would also like to purchase the book online.

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Ryk | July 13th, 2015

Will there ba a e-book out soon? Good solution for Int. Readers

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Scott | July 13th, 2015

Another request for either an e-book version OR availability to purchase online please. Not sure these will be available in New Zealand??
Keep up the good work, Scott in NZ

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Nicholas Carman | July 14th, 2015

Efi, There should be a Salsa retailer in Israel. although I know it hasn’t happened yet.  I see a lot of room for Warbirds, Mariachis, Fargos, Horsethieves and Mukluks in your country.  Aside, the $10 booklet would be really beneficial to lots of new bikepackers in your country.  HLC 2016 is coming soon! 


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LE CHAUDELLEC | July 14th, 2015

Hello from New Caledonia,

No distributor here, so how to order ?




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JP | July 14th, 2015

Where can you buy this in the UK please? Nothing on Amazon, but happy to buy from your site!!? Fascinating topic…

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Alex doig | July 14th, 2015

Where / how do I get my hands on a copy in the uk?

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Gary Paudler | July 14th, 2015

I’m in deepest, darkest Santa Barbara with no Salsa dealer in sight. Please make this book available online or as an ebook.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | July 14th, 2015

Thanks everyone for your interest. We are busy preparing for our 2016 bike launch but will consider an ebook release when we have the time.

Please note that this book is available through any bike shop that uses QBP, not just authorized Salsa dealers. That means most bike shops in the US are able to order this book.

Intl Distributors that order from QBP are also able to order this book.

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chris van zyl | July 14th, 2015

@Kid - “adventure by bike” is not a slogan for us - your product line, your website, sponsored riders, they all convey the same message. well done! i’ll order me a copy.
@ Gary Paudler - my LBS in Ojai, the MOB Shop, will be happy to order, I;m in Ventura, and will get a copy to you - let me know!

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Chestr | July 15th, 2015

Brilliant once again.  The release of a new book with a tease of Salsa’s new line of titanium cook ware.  Why not?

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Kenn | July 16th, 2015

I’m getting at least 1 copy, prolly more as I think they will make great gifts for others as well. Adventure by Bike has become our direction in life. Just getting started so this book is perfect timing, well almost perfect, we leave for our first bike camping excursion to the Black Hills in 2 days! Bringing the Warbird with 2 sets of wheels, road and gravel and my Mukluk for off road. It may be the best week of biking we’ve ever had! Bikepacking is next!

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | July 16th, 2015

Chestr - Our Ti Cup is already available. Bike shops can order it from QBP using part number OC8800. Thanks for your support.

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Steve Jones | July 18th, 2015

Please get this on iTunes books or apps so I can get it on my iPad!
Or give me an order NUMBER so I can ask a dealer here in Japan to order it.

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Gary Paudler | July 20th, 2015

Chris Van Zyl - Thanks for the offer. I just called The Mob Shop and they’re on it.


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Scott Newsom | July 28th, 2015

You seriously need to put this on Amazon as a Kindle book. Dead tree books suck.

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BikerBob | August 6th, 2015

Just received this book IMHO you should be ashamed of yourselves charging $10 for it. Don’t bother to waste your money, less than A5 is size and by the time you take the photos out there is minimal content in the less than 100 pages. Most info freely available on the internet & various blogs!

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Daveth | August 9th, 2015

Great review Bob, can you link me to your blog with all the photos and free info? Damned if I will pay anything if someone like yourself is going to walk the walk! Please leave your blog comments open so we can shower you with praise reviews!

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BikerBob | August 13th, 2015

Daveth no need to shower me with praise and I’m not promoting any blog but Google is your friend here a search of “backpacking” will soon reveal websites, blogs and YouTube videos galore. This should have a been a marketing giveaway or sent out for a few dollars to cover postage & printing costs. In the UK where I bought it I got ripped-off nearly $18 for it. The content in one place may be useful but no way is it worth the cover price!

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Biker Ben | September 28th, 2015

I was excited about purchasing this book after it’s announcement, and when it became available at my local Salsa dealer I jumped on it. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed in my $10 investment. While it was long on enthusiasm it was really of limited value for preparing for a trip. It is really a collection of articles already published about completed trips and brought together in one place. Not at all a comprehensive how to guide. My suggestion is to save your money, read what has already been published online and choose a specific trip guide. Still love Salsa and Salsa bikes but the book thing not so much.

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Honest Person | October 14th, 2015

Kaitlin Boyle’s not a professor. She’s a part-time instructor with a bachelor’s degree.

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Bitter Person | October 15th, 2015

Honest Person, why does it sound like you’re trying to denigrate one Salsa’s riders here? Kaitlyn is a full-time instructor at Prescott College, and it’s not like Kurt’s graduate work in science makes him any more qualified to help write a little book like this. At least they’re trying to do something to help others get outside and enjoy some backcountry.

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Krzysztof | March 1st, 2016

Hi, is any possibility to buy it in Europe?

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Bruno | March 1st, 2016

You can find it on website…...............................

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Krzysztof | March 1st, 2016

Bruno ... thx a lot!!

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Max | May 8th, 2016

You can also find this book a local Michigan bike shop.

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