Welcome to Advnture's Bikepacking Week 2023: for great expeditions on two wheels

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Welcome to day five of Advnture's Bikepacking Week 2023 – a celebration of the freedom you can only get from expeditions on two wheels running from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 May. Bikepacking lets you travel further than backpacking, soaking in the sights and sounds of nature, then allows you to set up camp wherever you see fit. Whether you go for one night or several weeks, it's the perfect way to escape the stress of daily life. All you need is a bicycle and the right gear.

Throughout the week, we'll bring you a wealth of features and guides to help you prepare for your first bikepacking trip, or make your trips more comfortable and fun if you already love expeditions on two wheels. We'll explain the different types of bags for your gear (and how to load them), the key tech that'll make your journey easier, and how to keep your bike safe on your adventures.

We'll also explore the practicalities of how to fuel your rides, the best things to wear, and the pros and cons of opting for an e-bike rather than traveling entirely under your own steam. Our writers will even delve into their own saddlebags and reveal the gear that they'd never go bikepacking without.

We'll be updating this page with all the latest articles as soon as they're published, so bookmark it and come back again regularly to see what's new!

Guides

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What is bikepacking?
A cross between cycle touring and backpacking, bikepacking is a rewarding outdoors activity and so easy to do.

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What to eat when bikepacking
Choosing the right food will help you travel light, get the nutrition you need, and still enjoy tasty meals and snacks

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How to keep your bike safe when bikepacking
Theft will bring your adventure to a premature end, so here's how to protect your faithful steed

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What is ultra bikepacking and how do you get into it?
Our guide – with expert tips – for riders who want to become ultra-distance bikepackers 

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Bikepacking vs cycle touring: what's the difference?
If you are planning to go exploring by bike, will you be a bikepacker or a cycle tourer?

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5 weight-saving hacks for bikepacking
Bikepacking is all about traveling light, so try these simple ways to shave off a few pounds

Gear

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What to wear for bikepacking
Tips for practical clothing, footwear and equipment when on and off the bike

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Your guide to bikepacking bags
What do you pack – and where – in frame bags, saddle bags, cockpit bags and handlebar bags?

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Why you should take a chair bikepacking
When wheels have stopped turning and tents, hammocks or bivvies have been pitched, it’s time to sit, relax and recover

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How to choose a chair for bikepacking
Far from an indulgence, a good camping chair can completely transform a bikepacking trip – but only if you select the right one

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Essential tech for bikepackers
Going totally off-grid can be freeing, but the right gadgets will make your bikepacking expeditions a whole lot easier

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Must-have apps for bikepacking
Your phone can be your best friend on the roads and trails if you've installed the right apps

News and deals

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Bikepacking deals in the REI Anniversary Sale
REI's biggest sale of the year is on now, and we've hand-picked the best offers on bikepacking bags, tech, and accessories for your next adventure.

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This new e-bike can haul 150lb of camping gear
Ride1Up, maker of tough but affordable e-bikes, has released a new adventure bike with huge carrying capacity that's ideal for off-road bikepacking.

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Bikepacking deals in Pearl Izumi's Memorial Day sale
Save 25% off everything on Pearl Izumi's site, including jackets, bikepacking bags, and much more

Cat Ellis
Editor

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.