Bikepacking is backpacking for the cyclist. It might be considered the art of strapping gear on a bike so that one might be able to explore anyplace a wheel can roll without too much help from the outside world. People have been traversing great distances on and off-road by bike since the late 1800s, and it's becoming increasingly popular again. This site contains stories, gear reviews, and guidance on cycling and bikepacking from real-life adventures both at the hometown-scale (Philadelphia) and the gypsy-scale (the Continental Divide). Both magnitudes are valid and valuable, which is what Small Tomatoes is all about.
Most people find the Bikepacking Index the most helpful part of the site. Cut to the chase:
These are the trips and activities that have shaped who I am as member of the cycling community. Read on if you're curious...
In 2015, I applied and got a spot in the Blackburn Ranger Program, for which I cycled the Continetnal Divide.
This blog the chronicals my adventures in planning, riding, and reminiscing about the 2,700 [post ride tally: 3,000] mile route from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, Mexico.
The blog extends past the trip, including gear setup and reviews, stories from the trail, and continued adventures.
The first clinic took place in Philadelphia. Amidst bursts of summer storms and rising city temperatures, a three-part Women's Bikepacking Series took place. The series was designed to teach the basic principles of bikepacking to any interested female-identified Philadelphians, to get those women ready for a weekend trip, and to eventually complete the trip.
The series continues each summer wherever I go, as long as there are people who want to ride into the unknown.