Our gear picks for two weeks bikepacking around Central Europe: how to cater for wild camping to city wandering

From camping gear to clothing suitable for seven hours straight riding and blending into the crowds of Budapest - plus everything for carrying it all on a bike!

Image shows Anna on a bikepacking trip in Central Europe.
(Image credit: Stefan Abram)

With this bikepacking trip across Hungary and Slovakia we wanted to do something a little different. 

As Cycling Weekly's Tech and Fitness Features Editors, we (Stefan and Anna) have both done long-distance, multi-day, ultra-riding type epics before: bringing only the absolute necessities and minimising time off the bike for maximum mile-munching efficiency. 

Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg