Built to Last: Markus Stitz’ Saddle Pack
Part of the ‘Built to Last’ series, in which we take a look at the stories behind long-serving Apidura Packs. Here, we profile Markus Stitz’ Saddle Pack, which has accompanied him on many trailblazing rides around the Scottish Highlands, and one epic round-the-world adventure.
Every Scratch Tells a Story
Every time we go out on our bikes, we’re creating experiences and making memories. Every scratch to a Pack provides traces of another story earned, and we cherish these scuffs as a homage to all of the experiences we’ve had on two wheels.
At Apidura, we pride ourselves in making products that are built to last. Not just because of the benefits that high quality, long-lasting gear offers, but because it means we can be sure both Pack and rider have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and gain as many scratches as possible together.
Here, we celebrate the unique experiences of Markus Stitz, Bikepacking Scotland founder and Apidura Ambassador.
I got this Pack in December 2014. I wanted to ride from Scotland back to my home in Germany for Christmas, and it was the perfect companion.
After that, it accompanied me on a ride around the world, when I was the first person circumnavigate the world on a singlespeed bike between September 2015 and August 2016. It’s also done a couple of trips to South America, on part of the Carretera Austral in 2018 and then around the Tierra del Fuego in 2019.
Reaching the sea in Esperance in Australia, after I had just crossed the Nullarbor plain, will always be a vivid memory from the round-the-world trip. Finishing on Portobello beach in Edinburgh a few months later was also something I'll never forget.
Of course, it’s also been with me on lots of smaller trips and commutes too, and been a worthy companion when riding and researching all of the Bikepacking Scotland routes that I’ve established.
The Pack has never been repaired, modified, or let me down at all really. It’s served me well through everything I’ve thrown at it. Once I had to strap a saddle to it on a trip through the Tierra del Fuego, and even then it was fine.
I think we connect personal memories with ‘things’ sometimes. I try not to do that too much, but when I think about to how many amazing places this Pack has taken me, it is easy to become attached.
They are memories that will last forever.