Tyke Packing – A bike packing adventure with kids: from Singletrack Issue 120

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Barney has taken the – if not impossible – then wildly ill-advised step of actually taking his young kids bikepacking. Read on for some abject lessons in what not to do…

Words & Photography Barney Marsh

Ah, bikepacking! The lure of the open trail! Of long arduous climbs and long, sweeping singletrack descents just before you unravel your bivvy bag beside a babbling stream on a glorious summer evening. Then it’s a simple matter of cooking industrial quantities of quinoa and lentils to hoover up before cracking open the port and a fine selection of cheeses before settling down to a nicely tipsy snooze.

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Barney Marsh

Singletrack Magazine Contributor

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome.

He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable.

Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles.

He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds.

He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

Comments (5)

    Thanks! Loved this, a nice counter-point to the glossy world traveler article in Cranked! Looking forward to adventures with mine, but he’s 3 months, so plenty of time to absorb ideas and pitfalls before we’re ready.

    Full marks. Probably the best article I’ve read on this here webzine. Now I’m wondering if I could persuade my 6 yr old to try this…

    Thnigs will be trodden on. . . A genuine laugh out loud for that!

    love the photo of your daughters ‘essential’ bikepacking kit. Great article

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