What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by jameso » Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:13 pm

ScotRoutes wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:18 pm
rudedog wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:10 pm
Freedom (just noticed Norm has said this same with a few more words)

Yes, but Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.
:-bd (do like that song)
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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by jameso » Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:18 pm

Well put Stuart. Sums up how I see it these days better than I could have put it. I did think about whether I was bikepacking, audax touring or roadpacking during the last few in Wales. For about 2 mins. Decided I didn't care, was simply travelling by bike. I felt free, that's for sure.

Cheddarman, the term 'bikepacking' goes back to the 70s or early 80s, you can drop the cynicism if you like :)

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:26 pm

Yes, but Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.
Don't tell that to your countrymen Colin, they'll be gutted :wink:

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by RIP » Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:25 pm

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by In Reverse » Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:23 pm

Bikepacking is touring with an axe. :cool:

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by mark » Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:47 am

Going for a bike ride and taking a long time to finish.

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by thenorthwind » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:04 am

In Reverse wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:23 pm
Bikepacking is touring with an axe. :cool:
Reminds me that I saw this picture the other day while I was researching MYOG frame bag designs:
https://restrap.com/products/custom-frame-bag-1

:roll:

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by In Reverse » Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:16 pm

thenorthwind wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:04 am
In Reverse wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:23 pm
Bikepacking is touring with an axe. :cool:
Reminds me that I saw this picture the other day while I was researching MYOG frame bag designs:
https://restrap.com/products/custom-frame-bag-1

:roll:
Well well :lol:

When's it due to arrive?

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by chrisjones » Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:47 pm

Cycling+nature+wild camping.

Just three of my favourite things.

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by htrider » Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:54 pm

If I make gratuitous use of accommodation, I tend to think I'm touring, if I'm out under the tarp I tend to think its bike packing. Just bashed out 350 miles in 4 days. Mostly on road, some good tracks, some shockers and two days in the middle spent at friends doing some mountainbiking and drinking. I bivvied twice. I was on the grovel bike - was I bikepacking or touring? Don't know, don't care. I passed two dudes yesterday on trad tourers with front and rear panniers - maybe they were touring...

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by JohnClimber » Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:59 pm

What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

To me it's an escape from the normal, an excuse to exercise without feeling like I'm exercising as I hate exercising.

I love watching the sky, clouds, stars and satellites roll past, watch the sun setting and rising.

None of which (apart from the clouds) I can see from my house in the town

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by Verena » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:20 pm

The song "running to.the hills" by Dan Owen kind of describes it nicely for me. Obvs cycling instead of running.

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by belugabob » Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:31 pm

Escape

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Re: What does the word "Bikepacking" mean to you?

Post by lune ranger » Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:54 am

Cheddar Man wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:26 pm
Surely 'Bikepacking' is nothing more than a clever notion dreamt up by some poncey hipster marketeer to flog trendy nobbers, affluent middle- aged middle-classed ex-golfers, or old-duffers with more money than sense a ton of stuff that they didn't realise they needed until someone invented 'Bikepacking' isn't it?

Seriously, I went on my first bike tour in 1981, (a drop bar Raleigh Record Ace in gold as you ask)around the lanes and byways of Buckinghamshire with a couple of mates. What I have done in the intervening years has been on hardtail mtb's, a Dawes Galaxy, a full suss mtb, and a carbon road bike (that was a hoot). Now it seems it's called 'Bikepacking', well there you go! It's just cycle-touring, that is all it is. Everything else is marketting guff.

Seriously, I am on a rant now.............. I know people who would rather have their spleen removed than have a bike with a saddlebag on, they had to have a trendy courier type bag. Now Bikepacking saddle bags are out, they are fighting for the biggest capacity, most straps and hanging points and reflectivity. It's still a bloody saddle bag, the very thing 12 months ago you wouldn't have gone near with a shi77y stick....... nobbers :roll:
For me it’s getting away from noise like this ^

A bit of peace.
Time away from the ordinary.
Sometimes a time for solitude. Sometimes a time for the company of old friends or new.
It’s the environment, the challenge, the weather. And (sorry Lance) it’s definitely about the bike - Seriously, any bike.

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