Bikepacking

Moose, Bears, and Whistles. Oh My!

by Andy Amick

Shouldn’t it be “Meese, Bears, and Whistles”?  That’s not really the point, but whistles and paracord are the point here. Bear and moose encounters are a few of the things that Tour Divide planning has caused me to think about. People have various ways to alert the animals or protect themselves from wildlife.  One option […]

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A Glimpse Into The World Of Bikepacking

by Andy Amick

Are you curious about bikepacking but unsure about how gear is packed on the bike or some of the logistics?  While testing out some gear in my yard, I decided to do a full camp setup and time lapse the process of waking up and switching from camping mode to bike riding mode. Ideally, the […]

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Tour Divide 2014, Here I Come!

by Andy Amick

Yep, you read that right.  I’ll be lining for the Grand Depart alongside my friend Brion who will be riding it as well.  Dreams do come true and I’m both excited and nervous about this one.  It’s a great bikepacking adventure I have dreamed of ever since I read about Kent Peterson’s singlespeed ride in an issue […]

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2013 Tour Divide Finisher – Scott Thigpen

by Andy Amick

If you follow the Tour Divide at all, you know how much training and work riders put into the race.  If you don’t follow the race, you’re missing out. Earlier this summer, Scott Thigpen finished his Tour Divide in Antelope Wells, NM and was 4th place in the singlespeed category.  It’s a incredible feat to […]

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6 Lightweight Shelter Options

by Andy Amick

After detailing my own shelter system, I thought I would list a few other options for bikepackers or backpackers looking into lightweight shelters.  There are A LOT of options, and a full list of all gear shelters would go on for pages.  This post details 6 shelters which have different designs and materials.  Some of […]

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A 3 Pound Bikepacking Sleep System

by Andy Amick

The sleep system is the one set of gear that allows for turning long bike rides into bikepacking trips.  It’s also one of the areas with the most options, configurations, and price points. My first bikepacking (in the backyard) trip utilized a 5 pound tent, a 5 pound sleeping bag, and 2 pound sleeping pad. […]

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Why Buy Cottage Gear

by Andy Amick

As someone who grew up in a small business family and now runs a cottage gear company, I guess I have a slightly deeper desire to buy and use cottage gear when possible.  But what drives other people to buy gear from a cottage company rather than a large mainstream gear company? This post digs […]

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Cottage Gear Defined

by Andy Amick

When you get into the world of lightweight or ultralight camping gear, a large majority of that gear is made by very small companies.  A lot of these companies are even single person operations with gear made in their basement or garage.  The term “cottage” gear maker is given to these sorts of companies. Obviously, […]

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Bikepacking On A Budget

by Andy Amick

So you’re ready to try out bikepacking, but don’t want to invest in lots of new gear?  I’ve been there and you can get started without spending a fortune on bikepacking specific gear. If you have done any camping or backpacking in the past, you probably have most of what you will need.  It won’t […]

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It’s 2013 Tour Divide Time!

by Andy Amick

It’s Tour Divide time!  The 2013 Tour Divide starts this Friday, June 14th in Banff Alberta.  From there, it’s a measly 2700+ miles to the finish at the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.  This is an exciting time for followers of the race and probably a very nervous time for the competitors. For […]

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