What type of shelter do you use and why?
Tarp and a hammock – it’s light and stealthy, and it doesn’t matter if the ground is sloping or stony or boggy.
Is your bikepacking specific or is it just your usual bike adapted to go bikepacking. What, if any, adaptions have you done?
It’s just my SS mountain bike with some bags strapped on to it. On longer trips I’ve used a front wheel with a dynamo hub so I can charge things on the move, but I relied on long café stops this time.
Are you a sub 24hr, over 24hr or a multi day tour sort of person?
All of the above!
What gadgets do you take with you? Dynamo/GPS/Gaia/Phone etc
We’ve had our trusty SatMap GPS device for almost 8 years now, and it’s getting a bit old and grumbly, but it does the job. On other trips my SON dynamo + Plug (usb charger thing that sits in the stem in place of a topcap) have been really useful.
Map or GPS device or both?
Map at home, GPS on the ride.
Navigation: can you work a compass, get your bearings etc?
I wish I could say yes!
Do you do rides like the #Jennride often?
At least once or twice a year.
Do you do other types of riding or just bikepacking?
I don’t really do road racing or DH racing, but I’ve done most things in between. XC mountain biking was my gateway-drug into cycling.
What is the best bit of bikepacking for you?
The hot bath afterwards! And the feeling of freedom and independence as you cycle. And being able to eat ALL THE CAKE.
What is the worst bit of bikepacking?
Washing and cleaning all the kit afterwards. And getting hangry when the next pub/café stop is *another* mile to go…
How long have you been bikepacking for?
It depends when cycle touring got rebranded – maybe five years for the MTB version?
What is your ultimate trip/destination?
It’s not even a completed walking trail yet, but I’d love to bike the Transcausican trail sometime… https://transcaucasiantrail.org/en/home/
What is the essential extra gadget/widget or treat that you have to take with you?
Cake. Ideally Christmas cake.
Choice of tyres (size/width/tread) and why you choose these?
Urgh. Round ones. Whatever I’ve got in the shed that seems most appropriate – if it’s dry, whizzy ones, if it’s rocky, burly ones, if it’s wet, the least worn out ones.
Do you change tyres to suit the destination you expect to ride on?
Time allowing, yes.
Do you opt for gram counting over comfort? i.e. did you pack the sub 400g wafer light sleeping bag despite it’s gonna be freezing just to save 250g?
I’ll take a pragmatic approach to weight weanie-ism. If I’m going to be more miserable without it, than I would be carrying it, I’ll take it.
Have you got the art of minimisation down to a fine art or did you pack everything and the kitchen sink?
Over various trips, I’ve graduated from the back of an envelope, to a spreadsheet, to a Google Keep checklist – so I think I’m pretty honed in the packing department.
Did you take some creature comforts like coffee, a stove a hip flask etc?
Do an eyemask and earplugs count as creature comforts?
What are your thoughts on the ride we took the photos at and bikepacking in general?
It’s lovely to be romping around the countryside with like-minded folk
Tell us some interesting facts about you?
I think I was one of the first women to ride the bomberdrome – a bicycle wall of death…!