A Glimpse Into The World Of Bikepacking

by Andy Amick on October 24, 2013

in Bikepacking, Camping

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 video would be made when actually bikepacking, but I’m too lazy to lug a tripod around and I’d be watching the sunrise while eating breakfast instead of filming anyway.  So hopefully, a backyard version of a bikepacking morning still conveys the general idea.

Don’t forget that backyard bikepacking is actually a good way to ease into the world of bikepacking.

The video shows a lightweight setup that does not use a stove for hot meals or morning coffee.  This type of setup works well for an overnight trip or when there is access to convenience stores or towns.  For a more casual trip, the morning routine would definitely involve watching the sunrise with hot coffee in hand.

About Andy Amick
A little bit nutty in general, a lotta bit nutty about bikes. Each of his boys received a bike helmet for their first birthday and the three of them have been biking together ever since.

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  • Brion

    I hope we can be that fast every morning.

    • Andy Amick

      There may be a few mornings when we’re a bit tired and it takes an additional 15 or 20 secs :)

  • Andrew


    What sort of tarp tent and bivy system are you using?

    • Andy Amick

      Hi Andrew, the tarp is a Zpacks Hexamid. The bivy was a prototype Tyvek one, but unfortunately the company is no longer selling them. For the Tour Divide, I’m switching over to a bivy from Borah Gear.

  • Nice! I just did my first short bikepacking trip as a gear test. Lotsa water and minimal clothing was required, comparatively. I had cold instant coffee, by choice! ;-( http://alpharoaming.com/2013/10/05/bikepacking-shakedown-cruise-equipment-gear-thoughts/

    • Andy Amick

      Karl, welcome to bikepacking. It’s a lot of fun to head out on a bike, sleep, and do it again the next day. In your post, I like your idea of not buying a ton of gear to start bikepacking. But I’m not so sure about that cold coffee idea :)

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