CLARA'S BEST BIKEPACKING ADVENTURES FOR BEGINNERS
Commuting from one end of a city to the other is a mission in itself. From one country to another? It’s a whole new level.
It’s a very real daily grind for Clara Johanna, though. Since moving to Innsbruck (Austria) halfway through 2023 and working in Munich (Germany) during the week, her new Brompton Bear Grylls bike has become the perfect foldaway companion for the border-hopping ride to and from her nine-to-five.
But even on the super-efficient European train network, one thing tends to stop her in her tracks when she’s en-route to her destination.
“It’s really funny,” the 27-year-old bikepacking enthusiast tells us. “I’m constantly being asked about the bike by commuters at the station. Two strangers have even asked for photos!”
Luckily, that’s where the slight delays end for Clara. It’s a different story when she and her BG make it to the carriage.
“Sustainable travel is very important to me,” she says. “Like a lot of people, going by car is appealing when you need to be somewhere quickly and don’t want to spend 10€ for a bike ticket on a train. With my BG, the decision is clear: it’s pedal and rail all the way. I can save money as a Brompton can be classed as hand luggage. And the BG’s surprising speed and amazing handling in the city means I'm fast and flexible as soon as I step out of the station.”
The weekends are when Clara and her BG really come to life. Her Brompton fits seamlessly into her active lifestyle (and the changing room lockers she often uses).
“The BG has been so good for adventures. If I’m at an indoor climbing centre, it stores away neatly. If I’m out in nature and need to jump between rocks, for example, I can just carry it. My friends found it funny to begin with, but once they gave it a go, they fell in love with it.”
You don’t have to scroll too far through Clara’s Instagram to discover her love of bikepacking around Europe. Who better, then, to give you the best spots for kickstarting your love of pedal-powered overnighters in nature? Here’s her five favourite bikepacking destinations for beginners…
Innsbruck to Lake Garda