Bikepacking Trans Germany (Video)

In April 2017 Lukas Winkelmann and Sven Garbe rode the Bikepacking Trans Germany, a 1000 mile route from Basel to Rügen. Along the way they made this impressive film capturing the route and their journey…

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Lukas and Sven met in Stuttgart, Germany, while studying aeronautical and aerospace engineering. They shared a common passion for videography and soon combined it with cycling. Bikepacking Trans Germany was their first bikepacking trip together. Watch the film below and then read more about the BTG as well as Lukas and Sven’s gear kits for the trip. NOTE: Although it’s mostly set to music, there are a couple voiceovers. If you are not a German speaker, and do not see subtitles, click the YouTube link in the video to watch with subtitles.

Made with

  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
  • Lenses: M.ZUIKO 25 mm 1:1.8; 45 mm 1:1.8; ED 9-18 mm 1:4.0-5.6
  • Gimbal: Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M
  • Tripod: Velbon P-MAX
  • Drone: DJI Mavic Pro
  • Audio recorder: Zoom H1
  • Bikepacking Trans Germany Film
  • Bikepacking Trans Germany Film

Bikepacking Trans Germany Film

About Bikepacking Trans Germany

The 1,020 mile (1,642 KM) Bikepacking Trans Germany (BTG) runs southwest to northeast and was designed to take in the most beautiful and unknown parts of the German backcountry. The BTG follows fast rolling gravel roads with quite a few technical trails in between to explore the wild and remote parts of Germany with plenty of history along the trail if you take time for it. View the route guide here. There is also a group ride event on the route starting July 2nd.

  • Bikepacking Trans Germany Film
  • Bikepacking Trans Germany Film

Gear list: Lukas

  • Bike: Salsa Fargo
  • Drivetrain: Sram GX
  • Cassette: 11-36
  • Crankset: 38/24
  • Tires: Racing Ralph
  • Seat Bag: Ortlieb Seat-Pack
  • Frame Pack: Ortlieb Frame-Pack
  • Handlebar: Ortlieb Handlebar-Pack
  • Backpack: Evoc CC 10L
  • Sleeping Pad: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite
  • Sleeping Bag: Sea To Summit Spark I
  • Jacket: Mountain Equipment Arete Hooded
  • Rain Shell: Grandpa’s old jacket
  • Kitchen: Random plastic mug & camping cutlery
  • Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot

Gear List: Sven

  • Bike: Surly Straggler
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Tiagra
  • Cassette: 11-36
  • Crankset: 46/33
  • Tires: Smart Sam
  • Seat Bag: Specialized Burra Burra 10
  • Frame Pack: handmade by Mom
  • Handlebar: Revelate Designs Sweetroll
  • Top-Tube: Revelate Designs Gastank
  • Backpack: Evoc CC 10L
  • Tent: Exped Solo Tarp
  • Sleeping Pad: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite
  • Sleeping Bag: Sea To Summit Spark I
  • Jacket: Mountain Equipment Compressor Hooded Jacket
  • Rain Shell: Mountain Equipment Odyssey Jacket
  • Stove: Trangia Mini
  • Kitchen: Snow Peak Titanium Spork & Double Mug
  • Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot
  • GPS: Garmin eTrex 20x

For more you can follow Lukas and Sven on Instagram @cyclingkrauts

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