All About The Bikepacking Dad

My name is Jack. I’m a 33 year old father of 1 (soon to be 2) and it’s due to this new found fatherhood role that I had to sit down and reassess where I was investing time in my day to day life. Cycling is a massive part of my life. So massive that my life didn’t have room for it and my new family commitments. But it isn’t gone entirely. It’s had a makeover, a short back and sides, a little off the top, so I can keep the cycling in my life whilst not missing out on family time.

Now I’m sure for some the change to parenthood is a fairly natural process. It just happens over time and without realising it your role in life adjusts to meet the needs of the new parent role. However, it didn’t go quite as smoothly as that for me.

The reason why, after some honest digging on my part, was pretty simple – I’m selfish and stubborn. Traits which as a younger single man helped me achieve goals I had in both work and sport as they gave me drive and commitment to get where I wanted to be. However, as a new Dad these traits had to be tamed and tucked away. I’ll be delving into this in a separate post though, that’s way too much for an intro!

When I came up with the idea to write a blog about Bikepacking even I was a bit skeptical. The first question was can I even set up a website / blog? Will anyone be interested? Am I just typing a blog that I’m most likely the only reader of? Well as this is now online I’ve at least answered one of these questions.

I’m fairly confident that I’m not the only parent who has struggled with the change to parenthood when it comes to putting personal goals, passions, hobbies etc aside. So with that in mind I hope that this blog, full of whatever bike adventures it may contain, can provide some sort of help / guidance when it comes to Bikepacking. I’ll do my best to throw in a sprinkling of humour along the way!

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