Sue Woods

What type of shelter do you use and why?

Bivvi Bag and Tarp – to keep warm and also dry (it is the Lakes).

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

Regular mountain bike with backpacking bag on the stem plus my regular day pack.

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

Over 24.

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

Just a phone.

Map or GPS device or both?

Map.

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

Yes.

Do you do rides like the #Jennride often?

No, however it was a great day out.

Do you do other types of riding or just bikepacking?

Off road day rides; old school mountain biking.

What is the best bit of bikepacking for you?

Freedom and getting to camp in special places.

What is the worst bit of bikepacking?

Cleaning your gear afterwards.

How long have you been bikepacking for?

First time on the JennRide.

What appeals to you about bikepacking?

Freedom.

What is your ultimate trip/destination?

Riding North to South through Iceland.

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

Air pillow.

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

27.5.

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?

Comfort every time – it is meant to be fun.

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

Somewhere in the middle; I start with minimal and then add the comfort.

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

Stove is always good

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

It was a great ride for a really good cause.

Tell us some interesting facts about you?

I couldn’t possibly

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