Bike to nature: Backpacking plus bicycling equals bikepacking, and it’s catching on among the adventurous

Posted: October 3, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

It all gets packed. Phillip Scalfano spreads out his bikepacking gear at Community Bicyclist in Little Rock.

It all gets packed. Phillip Scalfano spreads out his bikepacking gear at Community Bicyclist in Little Rock.

Adventurous souls, tired of hauling camping gear on their backs like mules, and with no mules handy, have taken to strapping their streamlined supplies onto their bicycles and pedaling through the woods and countryside. They call themselves "bikepackers."

A Surly Krampus mountain bike is loaded down and ready for a bikepacking trip.

Sam Williamson, owner of Community Bicyclist shop in Little Rock, is a fan of bikepacking.

Phillip Scalfano’s steel-framed mountain bike has plenty of space for bags and bottles.

Jason Alexander uses a fat bike on bikepacking trips.

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