Bikepacking With Surly
Bikepacking with Surly
When: September 8-10
Where: Salida, Colorado. You can check out the route here.
We're closing this shop for one of our favorite annual events: bikepacking with Surly! We're going to do a 55-mile loop over the course of two days. We'll ride about half of that mileage on Saturday, and the other half on Sunday. The route is comprised of dirt roads, so almost any bike will be up to the challenge, so long as you can find a way to lash, tie, tape, cram, wedge, pile, or sling your gear onto the bike with you. Yes, that does mean you're responsible for hauling your own shelter, food, water, juggling pins, action figures, synthesizers, and etc. (Very important: don't omit your TP and trowel.)
We'll be camping near Salida on Friday the 8th so we can get started around 11am on Saturday the 9th. We have a particular campsite in mind, but since it's a first-come-first-serve site, we may have to change plans on the fly. For now, plan to camp at these coordinates on Friday night: 38.423268, -106.132620. Once a campsite has been secured on Friday, we'll post an update on the Facebook event page here.
If you can't join us on Friday night, meet us at 11am on Saturday at the amphitheater in Riverside Park in downtown Salida.
If you want to demo a Surly, you can! Contact us at 303.232.3165 to reserve an ECR, Troll, Straggler, Karate Monkey, or Krampus. You'll be responsible for picking up the Demo from Yawp!, transporting it to Salida, and then returning it to Yawp! on Sunday evening after the ride. If you want to use a demo, please let us know by Wednesday, August 30th. There's not telling how long the ride will take or how late we'll be getting back to Denver on Sunday. If you have stuff going on Sunday evening and need to rush back ahead of the group, that's totally fine! However, if that's the case, please don't take a demo. The shop will be closed, so there won't be anyone there to receive your return until the rest of us get back to town.
There isn't much water where we're headed, so plan to carry all the water you will need. Locals have advised us not to count on finding any water to filter.
If you need some suggestions on how to pack, here's a link to a bunch of gear lists that may give you some insight.
Hope to see you there.