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dərt bag-ing

verb, noun

Dirt-bagging is a term used to describe wild camping on back roads or trails.

Example usage: 'Let's go dirt-bagging for a few days!'

Most used in: North America, Europe and Australia.

Most used by: Bikepackers and cyclists who enjoy exploring off-road.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Bumming, Grinding, Ragging, Mashing,


What is Dirt-Bagging?

Dirt-bagging is a term used among cyclists to describe someone who takes cycling to the extreme. Dirt-bagging cyclists are typically known for their willingness to go the extra mile to get the most out of the sport. This can include long-distance rides, camping, and sometimes even sleeping in the woods.

These cyclists are often described as “hardcore” and usually have a passion for pushing the limits of what’s possible in cycling. They often travel to remote and difficult places in order to experience the beauty of nature and the challenge of pushing their bodies to the limit.

Dirt-bagging cyclists are often seen as brave and daring, and this is reflected in the fact that over 50% of cyclists who take part in long-distance events are dirt-baggers. The popularity of dirt-bagging has grown significantly in recent years, with more and more people taking part in extreme cycling events each year.

So, if you’re looking for an adventure and a challenge, then dirt-bagging could be the perfect way to explore the world and push your body to the limit.


The Origins of the Cycling Term 'Dirt-Bagging'

The term 'dirt-bagging' was first used in the early 2000s as a way to describe a type of cycling that was focused on exploring the off-road trails and back-country roads of North America. It was used to describe a style of cycling that was less focused on racing and more focused on exploration and adventure.

The term was popularized by mountain bike magazines and websites, and was often used to describe the experiences of riders who travelled long distances in search of new trails and roads. This type of cycling was often done on a shoestring budget, and the term 'dirt-bagging' came to be associated with this type of frugal and adventurous cycling.

Today, the term 'dirt-bagging' is still used to describe this type of cycling and the lifestyle associated with it. It is a popular term among cyclists of all kinds, and is still used to describe cyclists who love to explore the backroads and trails of North America.

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