by B Vivit
Recently I did a small, overnight bikepacking trip with Liv Bikes on Mt. Hood along with the photographer Gritchelle Fallesgon. The event was run through Gladys Bike Shop in Portland, OR; and we had a few of their mechanics along for the ride as well. This is my down and dirty take on the out-and-back to Black Lake on Liv full suspension bikes with two Giant Bicycles bikepacking bags. The event filled within 3 days after posting, and out of 13 riders(total including Casey from Liv, 1 from Northwest Trail Alliance Trail Sisters and 1 from Fernweh Food Co.), 10 had never bikepacked before. Also out of the 13 riders, 2 people had never mountain biked before. With the amount of NEW riders during this event, I think you can safely say that it was an immense success that created a community around an adventure. Here's the summary, and maybe your shop can sponsor something like this.