Newb here... I've been on a bike most of my life and took up triathlon, xterra and xc racing the last 3 years. I've always loved camping and hiking which lead me on my first couple bikepacking trips in the last year or so. I've done it overloaded and with pieced together gear on road so far and decided I want to take it off road / gravel road with the proper equipment. I've pieced together a single speed from mostly old and acquired used parts as well as ordered a custom set of bags from Porcelain Rocket that I expect any day now. Perhaps after a granny gear flat Texas trip or two I'll upgrade to an Alfine hub (maybe even the new Di2 if it's reasonable) for more terrain options. Anyway, I hope to start getting more and more information from all of you in the future!