Bikepacking is a relatively new sub-industry in the cycling world. Bike touring has been around long before we thought to Velcro bags to our frames. Touring consists of using a touring bike with the use of racks and panniers. Routes have been mapped out, such as the Northern and Southern Tiers and the Trans Am Route. With the evolution of cycling long distances, and seeking the unknown, bikepacking evolved. Bikepacking is the combination of biking and backpacking. A number of manufactures have started to make packs to fit mountain bikes, large saddle bags, frame bags, handlebar bags, and top tube bags. The evolution of bag manufacturing has come a long way. With the increase in demand, there has been an increase in competition. Bikepacking There are a number of races that have helped grow the sport, The Tour Divide, which travels from Banff, British Columbia to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The Colorado Trail Race, which travels through some of the toughest singletrack in the nation from Denver to Durango Colorado. The Arizona Trail race which navigates the whole state from Mexico to the Utah boarder, through desert, high alpine mountains, and through Grand Canyon. Bikepacking does not stop when it is cold or snowy. Fat bikes have helped maintain a year round ability to travel your two wheeled rig from A to B. The increase in demand for these bikes is partly because of winter ultras around the states. The Arrowhead 135 up in Minnesota, Fat Pursuit in Idaho, and the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska have all helped evolve cold weather bikepacking. Bikepacking Bikepacking doesn’t necessarily need to be done at race pace. It is a great way to travel with friends or family at an enjoyable pace, taking in the scenery – going a bit faster and traveling  further than hiking. The idea of carrying everything you need on your bike gives you a unique sense of freedom and simplicity.