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      Life In The Dirt Blog

      DirtBags Test Lab

      DirtBags Test Lab
      The unexpected. This is what makes a bikepacking trip both exhilarating and a little freaky. Our highly scheduled, organized lives crave the unknowing. It unties the knots in the brain and body and reminds us of our deep inner strength and great resilience.

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      Things to Get Off Your Back

      Things to Get Off Your Back
      You carry enough shit on your back- both physically and metaphorically. It’s time to share the load with your sturdy bike frame. We don’t want to limit the potential of our products and say they can only be one thing – we want our products (and you) to know the sky’s the limit.

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      3 Biggest Packing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them on Your Next Bikepacking Trip

      3 Biggest Packing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them on Your Next Bikepacking Trip

      We asked two of our favorite dirtbags Kristi Jewett (preparing for the Black Hills Expedition, a 430-mile bikepacking race) and Michael Lanning (who just finished the Florida Divide, an 800-mile bikepacking race) all about the best and worst decisions they made when preparing for their adventures. And, because we just couldn’t resist, we threw in our own two cents as well.

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      3 Days of Sand in My Bike Chamois (and Other Weird Places of My Body)

      3 Days of Sand in My Bike Chamois (and Other Weird Places of My Body)

      Luckily at 11:00 PM, just as I was preparing to zip two sleeping bags together for The Sherriff and I, Tad rolled into camp. He had become lost during the day and just then found the campsite. Thus we celebrated (and slept well in our own sleeping bags)! We awoke on day 3 and prepared our bikes and packs for the next 50 miles.

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      Why Do We Do This?

      Why Do We Do This?

      It was mile 4 of my first bikepacking trip. I had fresh legs and a cocky attitude. 

      My husband and I got a late start, but the hard dirt trail rolled effortlessly with gradual elevation gain. In my head, I was already planning the next trip, feeling stoked about this 3-day adventure on single track trails in the Black Hills of South Dakota. As it turns out, a few more short miles down the trail and my entire demeanor would alter drastically.

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      Getting Started Bikepacking

      Getting Started Bikepacking

      Traveling through the mountains, your bike smoothly descends rolling alpine single track. At the bottom of the hill you skid to a stop just before crossing a wooden plank bridge. You take in the smell of the wildflowers, and scan the trickle of water under the bridge for darting shadows indicating scared brook trout swimming for cover.

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