Jay Gleave

What type of shelter do you use and why?

We have an Alpkit Ordos two man tent. For the two of us it’s lighter than carrying two bivis and shelters. And it’s comfy

Is your bikepacking specific or is it just your usual bike adapted to go bikepacking. What, if any, adaptions have you done?

I have a bikepacking specific bike, fully rigid 29er. But the Five I rode at the 100 is much more fun to ride.

Are you a sub 24hr, over 24hr or a multi day tour sort of person?

I’ve not done much bikepacking, so far over 24hrs suits me.

What gadgets do you take with you? Dynamo/GPS/Gaia/Phone etc

I just took my phone.

Map or GPS device or both?

My wife borrowed a GPS, but we ended up just using a map.

Navigation: can you work a compass, get your bearings etc?

I can, but I tend to just use a map without a compass.

Do you do rides like the #Jennride often?

No, this was my first organised bikepacking event.

Do you do other types of riding or just bikepacking?

I enjoy general MTB riding, mucking about on bikes.

What is the best bit of bikepacking for you?

Going that little bit further than usual.

What is the worst bit of bikepacking?

Midges, not as much sleep.

How long have you been bikepacking for?

About six months, not very long.

What appeals to you about bikepacking?

Camp fires and beer.

What is your ultimate trip/destination?

Scottish Islands, Iceland maybe. Although both have the midges.

What is the essential extra gadget/widget or treat that you have to take with you?

A cheeky can of beer.

Choice of tyres (size/width/tread) and why you choose these?

I just run Maxxis Minion/Highroller 2 combo.

Do you change tyres to suit the destination you expect to ride on?

No

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 blagged a Rab Porto sleeping bag. So it was light, but very warm.

Have you got the art of minimisation down to a fine art or did you pack everything and the kitchen sink?

I’ve got it pretty much dialled.

Did you take some creature comforts like coffee, a stove a hip flask etc?

Stove for a brew.

What are your thoughts on the ride we took the photos at and bikepacking in general?

It was a great event, I’d do it again.

Tell us some interesting facts about you?

I’m a bog standard dyed in the wool mountain biker. I live on the edge of the Peak District and have been throwing my leg over an MTB for about 26 yrs.

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