Most of the time it's better to ride bikes than to talk about riding bikes. Occasionally, though, and especially when it's cold outside, it's kind of nice to sit down with a bunch of friends and a few beers and talk about riding bikes.
Earlier in January, a few folks headed up to Yawp! and we did just that. Our friends Tiffany, Kristen, and Joe were kind enough to share some photographs and regale us with accounts of bikepacking trips past.
Rather than try to recount their adventures second hand, I'm just going to post their routes and some of my favorite pictures from their presentations. If you want to chat with them about their bikes or their routes, I'm betting they'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Tiffany followed the Great Divide route through Colorado on her Surly ECR. She had never bikepacked before, and decided to set out on her own for a week. Here's some of what she saw:
If you see Tiffany around town (and you will--she rides through it every day) give her a high five.
Kristen and Joe have done a lot of bikepacking in this country and others. You make know Joe as the man behind J.Paks. (If you don't think you've heard of J.Paks before, you actually have! Scroll back up and look more closely at Tiffany's framebag.) Last summer they took two weeks and rode the Colorado Trail in its entirety.
It was a real treat to have these folks share their stories with us. It's our hope that if you came to the Adventure Lab and heard their stories, or even if you simply enjoyed their photographs, you'll spend less time talking about the adventures you want to have and spend more time having them.