Gift Guides 2021: Meg's Picks!
When Megan started helping out at the shop she was coming in on her free time to help us pick and pack orders for our first online sales. Megan very quickly became an invaluable part of the Dismount team and now manages our website operations, does our email marketing all the while helping folks on the sales floor and even making a cappuccino from time to time!
Megan spent the summer taking advantage of the long weekends and getting out to enjoy lots of the Ontario bikepacking routes with her Salsa Fargo. She has lots of experience on the best bikepacking routes in the province and loves to use her wealth of knowledge to guide folks to having the best time on their bike. Whether gear, the best routes, or tips to enjoying your ride, Megan is your go-to!
1. Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket
This is my all year go to jacket, it's the perfect shell for riding bikes. It's both water and wind resistant without compromising on breathability so it prevents overheating on climbs and keeps you insulated on descents. Added stretch makes it super comfortable, and its packability is great for long/multi-day rides.
2. Therm-a-Rest Ohm Sleeping Bag
This is my go to ultralight, ultra comfortable, packable sleeping bag for both bikepacking and car camping. It's super versatile, rated to 0C for colder nights, but fully unzips to convert to a two-person quilt for warmer nights.
3. Swift Industries Zeitgeist Bag
I have used the Zeitgeist as my main handlebar bag ever since I purchased it in early summer. From daily commutes (it fits a 13" laptop!) to long day rides, to all of my multi-day bikepack trips, this bag handled everything I threw into it. At 12L capacity, this bag can carry a lot. The side pockets are a great feature- perfect for odds and ends or anything you need to access more frequently.
4. 7mesh Callaghan Merino Jersey
I'm a big fan of 7mesh, everything they make is very thoughtful and well tailored for on bike. I love all things merino for its ability to moderate your core temperature when cold weather riding. This has been my go to piece all Fall and will be worn as my midlayer all winter.
5. Revelate Designs Spinelock Seatbag
This bag has been with me on all my bikepacking trips for two seasons now and it's held up incredibly well. Its stability is unbeatable - I forget it's there! - and the 10L is the perfect volume for multi-day trips. It also comes in 16L for when you need more storage space.
6. Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Bikepacking Tent
It's hard to skimp on a comfortable sleep set up when bikepacking when Big Agnes' line of bikepacking tents pack small enough to fit into a handlebar bag (poles included!). The Tiger Wall UL3 may pack small, but when pitched is a super comfortable size and packed full of bike-friendly features like large vestibules and gear loft.
7. Snow Peak Spork
A timeless classic! Made of titanium this will last a lifetime- lightweight, durable and easy to pack for everything from lunches on the go to multi-day trips.
8. 7mesh TK1 Bib Tights
These bibs are the warmest tight 7mesh offers and are super comfortable. I fell in love with the chamois they use wearing the WK3 Cargo Bib all summer (another great gift pick). The TK1 are super cozy and insulate well without feeling like overkill. A great gift for any all year cyclist, or anyone who is looking to extend their season into early spring or late fall.