How to contribute to bikepacking.net

Please help us build this resource! Anyone can add content to bikepacking.net. The easiest way is to JOIN the forum and post your thoughts and experiences there.

We also want to build more permanent content onto the main site. For this you need a WordPress account (different than a forum account).

What we’re looking for:

  • New bikepacking routes – Whether “official” or of your own creation
  • Personal setups – pictures and descriptions of your personal bikepacking setup.
  • New products for review – bags, components, bikes, any products bikepacking related
  • Trip reports – writeups from bikepacking trips, no matter how old.

STEP 1 – sign up for a WordPress account.

You can do this at wordpress registration. Note that this account is separate from the forum account.

NOTE: in late 2012 registration for wordpress accounts is currently disabled. We’ve had too many SPAMMERS to handle and haven’t been able to take care of the issue yet. In the interest of keeping the site SPAM free we’ve had to turn off registration for now. However, you can still get an account, just email smorris@bikepacking.net with the following info: 1) desired user name 2) first and last name. It may take a day or two, but we’ll get you set up with an account.

You will need to enter your email and choose a password. You’ll get an email so you have a record of your name and password. Go back to the login page and log in.

STEP 2 – Log in.

Once successfully in, the wordpress dashboard should come up and look like this:

On the left side menu is the word “Profile” in blue (above Tools). Click there to edit your profile information if you like.

STEP 3 – Adding content

Back at the wordpress dashboard, click on the “Posts” menu on the left side. Then choose “Add new”.

The “Add new post” page looks like this:

Add an appropriate title:

  • For gear reviews, the name of the product.
  • For personal setup, put your name (either real or forum screen name) somewhere in the title.
  • For trip reports, the title of the story.

Add text in the post area. You can add photos using the first box next to the “add media” header. This will upload the pictures to bikepacking.net. You can also use the “HTML” editor mode to directly add images via img tags. You can use other HTML formatting options here too.

Pay special attention to the category checkboxes in the lower right corner of the add new post page. If you are adding a gear review product, be sure to choose an appropriate sub category under the gear review category. Similarly, there are categories for Routes, Personal Setups, etc.

You can save a draft using the “save” button. Your content (post) will be there the next time you log in, but won’t be submitted to the site yet. When you’re ready, hit the “submit for review” button. That will alert the editors that new content is available and we’ll get it posted ASAP.


Special Instructions for Gear Reviews

Any products are welcome at this time. If you are manufacturer/distributor of a bikepacking related product, you are especially encouraged to add your product(s).

The title of a gear review should be the name of the product and optionally the company name (e.g. “by Epic Designs”).

The text should contain objective product information from the company, not an actual review. Comments are for users to actually review the product. Again, nothing subjective should be in the text of a new product.

Add as much information as you can, and if possible, a URL to the product’s homepage.


Thanks for contributing to bikepacking.net! Your help in building this resource is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions about contributing or wordpress, email us or just add a comment to this page and we’ll answer it there (that way others can learn, too).

Comments (23)

Fred FoxOctober 18th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

This is a fabulous site. Thank you, all, very much.
Fred Fox
(AKA, “BikePacker”)
Atlanta area.

Pat BradyOctober 19th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Gents,
You all have made a wonderful contribution. ‘Hope to contribute more soon.
Pat Brady

QuinnJune 12th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

has anyone tried Carradice/CETMA style racks?

ScottJune 13th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Quinn — you may want to try posting your question on the forums.

phil_radNovember 12th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I enjoy this website, alot of really nice people on it. I hope that I can contribute a little bit, even if I’m in Germany.
Thanks!
Phil

mikeFebruary 7th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

is there an issue with forum? wont let me register it is calling me a spammer and telling me to contact admin, cant find admin password anywhere..

JaredMarch 24th, 2011 at 7:47 am

I am having the same issue with the forum. There is no website admin contact info anywhere that I could find. Please help!

DaveApril 28th, 2011 at 9:58 am

I am not being able to register. System calls me a spammer. Please advise me how to proceed since there is no contact info for site admin.

Thanks

Dave

Chris HuntMay 14th, 2011 at 4:07 am

This is great. I love WordPress and use it regularly for my personal website and resume/gallery. I’ll be adding my personal setup soon and a few gear reviews! Thanks for making this so accessible.

ScottMMay 15th, 2011 at 9:40 am

mike, Jared and Dave – I think I got you guys sorted out in the end.

For anyone having problems registering on the forums, my email is:

smorris@bikepacking.net

mikeAugust 25th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I can’t get into the contribution option because I can’t get registered in the other webpage for getting registered to give information…..

any advice

MarkSeptember 23rd, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I went to Kindergarten and First Grade in Cabool, now live in the Flint Hills of Kansas. I may be contributing my thoughts in the future.

eklocoMay 21st, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Ummmm…..I wanted to post a ride report…..I am not real commputer savvy..but…not totally dumb either

The Posting System is really “unfriendly” The “how to post” is complicated…then I started but was unsure if I was doing it right….I wrote my text (????)…started posting pictures (again ????) I made some mistake hit a wrong button and the whole thing was lost…..the whole thing is confusing….frusturating ….and in the end no results & a waste of an hours worth of time….

Any plans to update & streamline???? ….I love the site but now I know why the new posting are not happening to frequently….toooooo darn difficult….(sorry for whining…just sayin’ )

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