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three bikepacking bicycles in the field

Bikepacking 101. Three methods to get you started

Bikepacking is a fun way to escape for a long trip or just for an overnight with your gear on your bike. We like to go on adventures frequently and do a lot of short trips for just one or two nights from the bike shop. There is not a right way or a wrong to go bikepacking because everyone and every bike are different. Every place to go is different, meals are different for all of us and how we get to the trails or roads is different.

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Bikepacking in Mount Wilson

My First Bikepacking Experience - Mount Wilson and the Mount Lowe Trail

By Maxwell Lehrich. The hour I touched down in Los Angeles California, was the same hour I would be preparing for what would soon be my first bikepacking trip. I arrived at Topanga Outpost, we immediately looked through Chris' checklist of packing supplies, we packed food to cook, cooking supplies, basic toiletries, tents/hammocks, as well as some other camping essentials, but most importantly, water, lots of it.

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Food in a container over campfire

Chef Jules Dinner Camping at Jamala

Jules made an amazing dinner during our adventure. Sweet potato purée, nutritional yeast, veggie stock, black pepper, white miso and Poblano chilis Sauce. Tossed in macaroni with lean ground turkey sprinkled with avocado and crushed cashew. So basically Jules level Mac and cheese.

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Need Bikepacking Gear?

From Revelate, Oveja Negra, Apidura, and more

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Snow Peak

Outdoor lifestyle and camping gear from Japan

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All-City Gorilla Monsoon

A monsoon is in town!

...All-City Gorilla Monsoon that is. From city streets to gnarly dirt roads, Gorilla Monsoon's beefy 27.5 x 2.4" tires can handle just about anything you throw at it. Featuring a bi-plane fork crown, this bike is guaranteed to get some serious attention as you cruise down the street in comfort and style. Size 52cm in stock now at a special price of $1999. Get your Monsoon today! Visit the Gorilla Monsoon page for more info.

We are Surly's Destination Shop

We have been one of Surly's biggest stocking dealers in So Cal for over a decade. We love Surly because they love everything creative, think outside the box and are quirky in their own way. We also love Surly for believing and delivering these core values in their products - reliability, utility and versatility. At TCO, all bike purchase comes with a professional fitting for the best frame fit and comfort. Visit our Surly page.

The latest Surly Karate Monkey in Peach Salmon Sunday and Surly Krampus in Nose Drip Curry

Let us build your next dream bike

If you're thinking of doing a custom build for your next bike whether it's a full custom job from the frame up or just a pair of hand-laced wheels, we can help make your concept a reality. With almost two decades of experience working with various frame manufacturers and quality components, we will work with you to ensure your next bike creation is made with high degree of aesthetics and functions. Visit our Custom Builds page for more info.

Saturday shop ride

Keep up with the latest on our social media

There's always something fun and adventurous happening at the Outpost. Whether we're bikepacking, camping, or crafting belts on the Belt Brigade fire truck, the best way to find out what we're up to is on our social media. Follow us on Instagram, TikTok @bikepacker, TikTok @beltbrigade, Facebook, and Twitter.

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