Recently I went bike packing in the Lake District with my good riding buddy Benji Haworth. We rode for 3 days on our ‘all mountain’ bikes, carrying our kit with us and sleeping in a mountain bothy and a camping pod. You can read all about the trip and see Benji’s fab photos in the December issue of Singletrack Magazine. We have plans to offer a guided bikepacking trip in the Lakes in 2013. Watch this space.

Alpkit helped us out with advice and a bunch of kit that they have developed with bikepacking in mind. They are a small company based in Nottingham who sell great stuff at cheap prices because they sell direct to market from their site.

Kit we used from Alpkit: Pipedream 400 sleeping bag, Airo 120 sleeping mat, MyTi cook pot, MyTi mug, Flatiron Spork, Airlock Xtra dry bag, Gamma headtorch.

I was so good going Cialis on a bike ride where we didn’t have to go home at the end of the day.

The Pipedream 400 bag was light to carry, packed down small, but really lofted up and kept me toasty warm.

Sleeping bag and camping mat went into the dry bag, fitted to my bars with webbing straps. Everything stayed bone dry and riding with it all on my bars was fine.

The Gamma headtorch is a little bundle of genius. Really bright and really cheap and it’s even got a red light on the back in case yo use it for riding on the road. The Gamma was invaluable for finding our bothy in the dark and for getting the evening meal together. We also used our Gammas for riding in the dark. It’s not a full on night riding light, but it will certainly get you home and is pretty good for road riding.