What we're about
Do you dream on two wheels?
This group is primarily for those who are interested in multi-day, long-distance travel by bicycle, including bicycle camping. Such adventures might include a traditional bicycle tour of the U.S. or another country, a local bike overnight, or a mountain-bike camping adventure (popularly known as bikepacking, similar to backpacking but by mountain bike). An emphasis on "loaded" touring, meaning carrying your own gear.
We have three types of events:
Actual trips! Overnights or long weekends locally or regionally. If you would like to suggest a trip, please use the "Suggest a trip" button to post your ideas. The organizers can make you an "event organizer" for that trip. While our lead organizer is "obsessed with bikepacking," we welcome both mountain bike (bikepacking) and road touring trips.
Social gatherings to share stories / maps / gear / route ideas for other locales, and/or to plan our trips and schedule.
Education & how-to. Want to get started? This might be the thing for you.
By RSVPing "Yes" to any of this group's events, you verify that you have read and agree to our disclaimer. Click HERE for link to disclaimer. (http://www.meetup.com/SLC-Bicycle-Touring-and-Bikepacking/pages/Disclaimer/) This group is "semi-private" due to some of our members' concerns. If you are interested in learning more about our trips, please do join as a member -- and see below for a preview!
Hope you will join us and pedal off to some good adventures!
This group was founded in 2012, and continues to host many overnight and weekend trips. Here's a few samples of recent and past adventures.
What about Fat Bikes? Fat bikes or 29+ are often a bike of choice for bikepacking, especially in sandy areas. There is an active local fatbike group on Facebook that will help you find fat bike day rides, especially in the winter.
We do least one overnight trip per month, March through November. Here's a few samples of past trips.
Strawberry Narrows, a must-ride singletrack trail along the reservoir, and lovely campsite by the lake. Loop completed on forest service roads and an unused ATV trail.
The wildflowers and trails along Skyline Drive near Fairview were spectacular! This 70-mile loop included a variety of terrain. We pedaled along the alpine ridgeline, swooped delightedly into Reeder Canyon, and ascended creekside through Joe's Valley. Two nights, great trip!
High Uintas bikepacking trip near Whitney Reservoir, a wonderful way to escape the heat. We camped overnight along a lovely lake. The alpine meadows are a world away from Salt Lake City; this trip may become an annual favorite.
Uintas Exploratory Bikepacking, a new adventure to start the group. This was our very first trip, and we had a great time!