Have you ever been backpacking on foot and thought, “how much longer can I keep going?” Bikepacking is a relatively recent phenomenon that has caught on in many outdoor recreation circles. Electric bikepacking especially is popular for good reason. How long can an electric bike last? Much longer than the average rider, as most modern e-bike motors can last a full day’s ride on a single charge. This increased range enables you to reach destinations you might otherwise miss out on. Here is how to plan a Bikepacking Trip.
Know Where You Want to Go
Because many parts of your region may be restricted to bikes, you should look for those whose attractions are at least accessible from a main road. You should also consider the kind of riding you are likely to be doing. In certain places, main highways can render even the most scenic routes unpleasant to bike on. You should also consider safety and be prepared in the case of a breakdown.
Get the Right Bike
When bikepacking, having the right bike is everything. Make sure that any bike you buy suits your frame perfectly. If you are tall for example, look for electric bikes for tall riders. While weight-cutting can be important, the added weight of an electric motor may ultimately save you energy. Before you buy, always check that the motor—if you want one—is legal in your area and well-suited to the terrain you plan to traverse.
Get the Right Packs for Your Frame
Having high-quality traveling packs to hold your belongings can make the difference between an enjoyable trip and a difficult one. Look for panniers and packs that fit your frame and hold your largest belongings comfortably. Think about weight distribution and consider how full packs might affect your ability to ride over long distances.
Pack for the Weather
In most climates, the weather varies significantly throughout the day. This means that you need to pack for multiple temperatures and conditions. When doing exercise under variable conditions, layering is your friend. If you heat up from exertion or warm weather, you can always remove a few layers. Make sure you have a raincoat that’s small enough to take easily, but effective enough to repel a serious downpour. Multitools and patch kits are also bikepacking essentials
Plan Your Route Carefully
Before you leave, you should know where you are going, where you plan to stay for the night, and what you can do should things not go according to plan. Always have a physical map and a compass in case your phone or GPS device doesn’t work. Familiarize yourself with the process of orienting yourself with a map.
Whether you choose to bikepack with an e-bike or standard bike, preparation is the key to having a fun, safe trip. If you plan to go electric, look for a suitable womens or mens electric cruiser bike with an appropriately powered motor. Invest in a quality pannier setup, pack for variable weather conditions and plan your day trip breaks and rests carefully.