I want to thank my wife for all of the support she has given me to accomplish this ride. I love her to death!! Thanks Laura!!!! Can I do it again next year????? LOL!!!!
Some thoughts on my bike and gear.....
- The Kokopelli Bike Co 29er ti frame performed so awesome. What a great bike the dudes at Koko designed. If youre looking for a sweet ti hard tail call the guys at Kokopelli Bike and Board.
- I decided to go with a 1x10 (32 Race Face ring up front and a 11/36 SRAM cassette in the rear) Overall it performed perfect with a X9 rear derailleur. No adjustments needed for the durationof the ride
- Reba 100 mm fork up front
- XT brakes. They rock. I brought two sets of pads in case of torrential rain but didn't need to change them out until after the ride.
- Schwalbe Knobby Nics front and back. Great air volume tires for the added weight of the gear.
- Ti Cycles 30 degree ti handlebar with Ergon grips
- Ti stem
- Kokopelli Bike Co ti seatpost
- Sette saddle (190 grams)
- Crank brothers candy pedals
My bike packing gear........
- Garmin 705 Edge GPS. Didn't use it at all. The CT data book was very useful. Thank you CTF.
- LG phone to take pictures and make phone calls.
- Solar panel to charge phone and GPS. It stopped charging halfway into the ride but now works. Too much rattling around maybe
- SPOT gps unit
- Fenix PD32 UE lights on the bar and helmet. Great lights. No problems at all and they provide just enough light for knarly trail conditions at night.. I brought extra CR123 batteries and only needed to change them out once.
- All bike packing bags by Revelate Designs
- Stoic 30 degree bag
- SOL Escape bivy
- Lightweight tarp
- Klymit skeleton air pad. Just big enough for some comfort.
- Esbit fuel tablets and ti stove stand
- Aluminum cup for heating water
- Pearl Izumi Trans Alp III shoes. No blisters at all.
- Patagonia Nano puff jacket
- Loki rain jacket
- Super cheap rain pants. Needed them only twice.
- I brought extra socks, glove shells, beanie, recovery socks I would wear at night. Running shorts to sleep in.
- Smith eyeglasses that transition to clear at night.
- On my back was an Osprey 4 liter pack and Source water bladder. Katadyn MP1 water tabs. No bad after taste at all.
Following pictures courtesy of Cameron. Thanks.
|Cameron and Brian in Segment 22/23 before Brian's bike cracked. Bummer dude.|
|Keep smiling and push!|
|Bull Moose near Slumgullen Pass.|
|Twin Lakes with Ian.|
|Brian's Lynsky frame took a hit on segment 22/23 end of his race...catastrophic.|