Having the right gear means you’ll be able to make the most of any adventure – this is especially true for bikepacking trips. To make sure you have the best possible experience, we’ve compiled a list of essential gear to get you off to a flyer.
It’s 5:30am, and you really don’t want to get out of bed. It’s WAY too early. And it’s dark. But you’re not heading out to face the world alone: you’re meeting up with a bunch of other cyclists and taking on the roads/bike paths or trails together.
It’s one of the most exhilarating times to ride a bike: the deep, dark night. And, if you work 9am-5pm, night riding might well be the only spin you get when the winter sun sets well before your security pass beeps your exit at the office.
The irrefutable fact is that our planet, our cities, and our roads are getting busier. Urban populations will reach over 4.2 billion people in 2019, and our cities are not just filling with just people either, as of 2019 there are a staggering 1.2 billion cars on the world’s roads.
Kangaroos grazing in paddocks, with Yellow-tailed black cockatoos flying noisily above. Billabongs. Towering gum trees. It’s the stuff dreams about Australia are made of, and for Melburnians, they’re literally just a bike ride away. Further afield in Victoria, the air just gets crisper and the options wider.
Cycling is great/bonza/tops/lush/’tastic/wicked/well good. If you’re reading this, you probably agree but let’s just revel in it for a moment.