Bikepacking

Make Your Own Cuben Fiber Vapor Barrier Socks

by Andy Amick

A Little Background I promise I’ll get to the making of the socks after a little introductory material.  After suffering through some miserable rides, I have discovered that as long as my feet and hands stay warm, the ride can be enjoyable.  A big part of staying warm is keeping the hands and feet dry. […]

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J.Paks FramePak Review

by Andy Amick

J.Paks is a Denver based maker of bikepacking bags. Joe, the owner, sewer, designer, do everything guy, has made all my bags for the Tour Divide ride this summer. For the frame bag, we met over beer and pizza to discuss options and my goals for the bag.  Joe offered some suggestions to my initial […]

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First Impressions – Luxos U Dynamo Light

by Andy Amick

For my Tour Divide setup, I decided to go with a dynamo hub and light system.  This is my first experience with dynamo based lights, but I can say that I’ve been thoroughly impressed.  I pedal and then the light and my GPS turn on.  Magic!  There is no need for batteries. After researching a […]

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Finding A Sleeping Pad For Side Sleepers

by Andy Amick

I’m a side sleeper.  One who prefers to curl my legs way up into an almost fetal position when I’m sleeping. The other night while testing out my Tour Divide sleep setup, I woke up several times with pain in my bottom knee when sleeping on my side.  It occurred when sleeping on either side […]

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My Tour Divide Cockpit Setup

by Andy Amick

As I write this, it’s 99 days to go until the Tour Divide starts.  Holy smokes! It’s time to start dialing the gear and riding a lot more.  June 13th will be here before we know it. Hover over the image above to see details on each component Bikepacking 2700+ miles creates a few challenges […]

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Stealing My Kids’ Toys For Bikepacking Gear

by Andy Amick

Sometimes the kids and their toys have to make sacrifices, even if they aren’t aware of the sacrifice at the time.  While doing more tinkering with gear and my bikepacking setup, I realized the foam ammo balls my kids shoot at each other would make a great end cap for my tarp pole. The tarp […]

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An Engineer Finds Bikepacking

by Andy Amick

It sure seems like I was made for bikepacking.  No, not because of my awesome biking skills and long distance abilities.  For me, bikepacking is wonderful combination that is equal parts cycling, gear, and problem solving.  The cycling is pure fun.  The gear is like the box of tools waiting to be used.  The problem […]

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The Ultimate HIker’s Gear Guide By Andrew Skurka

by Andy Amick

Although long distance hiker Andrew Skurka‘s book is titled as a gear guide, it offers some good background information on his style of hiking and how he decides on what gear to carry for each trip.  I found the information on planning for a trip and the sample gear lists to be the best parts […]

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Bikepacking 202 – Pack Only What You Need

by Andy Amick

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein For bikepacking, this can be interpreted as “pack only what you need, but nothing you don’t”.  Of course, it’s much easier said than done.  For analytical thinkers or tinkerers, solving this puzzle is one of the lures of bikepacking because it’s an ever […]

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Bikepacking 202 – Ditch The Backpack

by Andy Amick

One of the best ways to make the physical aspect of bikepacking more enjoyable is to remove all weight from your back.  It may not seem like much, but over multiple days of riding, the shoulders and back get quite tired.  Getting rid of the backpack involves getting all water, food, gear, and tools packed […]

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