Mark Bolton

What type of shelter do you use and why?

Just a tarp as it is lightweight.

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

Just used a bar bag and rucksack.

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

Sub 24 usually.

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

GPS for navigation.

Map or GPS device or both?


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


Do you do rides like the #Jennride often?

No, first one.

Do you do other types of riding or just bikepacking?

MTB and road.

What is the best bit of bikepacking for you?


What is the worst bit of bikepacking?


How long have you been bikepacking for?

First time.

What appeals to you about bikepacking?


What is your ultimate trip/destination?

New Zealand.

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

Midge net.

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

Wide fast rolling.

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


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?

Light bag with insulated jacket.

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

Working on that one.

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


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

Great event and worthwhile cause.


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