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I’m sure most of us try and ride something suitable for the terrain we’re hoping to cover but sometimes it isn’t that easy. I still ride downhills but no longer own a downhill bike, I ride on tarmac but don’t possess a road bike … so perhaps it follows that someone might want to go bikepacking but may not have the ideal bike (if such a beast exists) or even one they feel is vaguely suitable. 

Part of the Bear Bones ethos is that bikepacking should be accessible to everyone no matter what type of bike they have, so to try and reiterate that message I’m going to embark on project ‘Proper Shopper’.

Could be the start of a long journey.

Trying to turn a 40 year old Raleigh 20 into something suitable for bikepacking duties might actually end up becoming a pointless exercise but then again maybe it won’t. If nothing else, there’s a certain satisfaction to be gained from turning something wholly unsuitable into something a little more suitable for a given purpose.

I’m well aware that you can’t polish a turd but I also know … you can roll it in glitter!


… More very soon. PART 1


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