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1  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Bar end q on: June 21, 2019, 11:42:09 AM
Not exactly what you are asking for, but I don't think I could ever ride with bar ends here in New England, where the trails are so narrow that I frequently punch trees. Instead, I got a set of SQlab 411 Innerbarends that go between your grips and brakes.



They have the added bonus of also sorta letting you grab the brakes while in that position.
2  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Saddlepack for Trek Domaine (carobon seatopost compatible) on: June 05, 2019, 09:35:47 AM
Covering their asses. But putting some frame tape on your post wouldn't be a bad idea to avoid some of the wear on your delicate bits.
3  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Lightweight tent repair on: June 03, 2019, 06:52:25 AM
Tenacious Tape
https://www.gearaid.com/products/tenacious-tape-repair?variant=28044148689
4  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Aero bars for my 29er on: May 16, 2019, 07:18:27 AM
The Profile Designs ones are great. You can often pick them up for pretty cheap on craigslist or ebay or facebook bike groups. The elbow pads don't flip up, which makes them way more durable, but they also may get in the way more.
5  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Tubeless or marathon plus on: May 07, 2019, 06:38:19 AM
Nobody ever said that tubeless would eliminate flats. Like mentioned above, when it is working, you'll never even know. It seals up all the tiny stuff on its own. The bigger stuff, like you experienced, needs a plug. But that's all. You can save yourself a lot of hassle by just throwing a bacon strip in as soon as you notice sealant coming out. My favorite (expensive, but totally worth it) is the Dynaplug. It comes preloaded with plugs that you just stab into the leak. No fuss, no muss.

The real win for tubeless, as far as I'm concerned, is being able to run much thinner, more supple, faster rolling tires at much lower pressures. No pinch flats, not too many flats from glass, and the softest ride money can buy.
6  Forums / Trip Planning / Need a partner / Re: New Zealand feb 2019 on: April 03, 2019, 06:01:28 AM
I'm excited to hear how the Old Ghost Road goes. I'm headed there in December. I've heard that in December the weather can be really pleasant, but up at the higher altitudes on the Old Ghost Road you can still get some pretty violent weather. Do you have any insight into how warm I should be packing for?
7  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Quilt Recommendation on: March 12, 2019, 03:19:50 PM
Enlightened Equipment is the best bang for your buck, but like Bobonli said, they are a bit optimistic with their temperature ratings. You can often find a pretty good deal on a used quilt over at the backpackinglight gear swap forum.
8  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Mount Sinewave Beacon to aerobar extension? on: February 20, 2019, 08:40:38 AM
You could buy an aerobar gopro mount. Then use a gopro to 10mm tab adapter. I think sinewave makes an adapter for that as do several other companies. I have one of these garmin/gopro mounts attached to my handelbars that works great.

9  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Tubeless Repair Kit: advice needed on: January 22, 2019, 05:35:22 AM
The bigger concern is not a hole so big it doesn't seal, but your sealant drying out. Or really, one of your dumb a** buddies who pays people to set up their tubeless not knowing that they need to check in on it from time to time. For that reason, when I lead a ride, I often carry a little. I think I need to buy a mini bottle of Stans, pour it out, and refill it with Orange Seal. Orange Seal only ships in 4oz bottles, which is excessive for my emergency needs.

When I travel with my bike I always bring a 4oz bottle just in case TSA gets excited and lets all the air out of my tires and pops a bead.
10  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Sneaker Seatpost Bag on: January 04, 2019, 06:29:17 AM
You jest but here is my hiking boot rear fender for a biking/hiking trip
11  Forums / Trip Planning / Need a partner / Re: AZT in the month of March? on: January 04, 2019, 06:25:12 AM
Just finished a tiny section of the AZT east of Patagonia. It was lovely! But the day before and the day after we got snowed on. What a brutally hard trail. I'm sure you've read trip reports, but plan for short mileage every day and a sore back from all the hikeabike.
12  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Fork bosses front or rear on: November 27, 2018, 09:21:02 PM
Thanks for all the input! I ended up going for the front. Most of the time it'll be empty, but from time to time I'll have a set of small bottles for long rides, and on a few rare occasions (like my upcoming trip in AZ) I'll have bigger bottles or dry bags.
13  Forums / Question and Answer / Fork bosses front or rear on: November 25, 2018, 07:47:52 PM
Does anyone have a theory for whether it is better to have your fork bosses on the front or rear of the fork? The original Fargo had them on the rear, but the new Cutthroat has them on the front. Most of the rest of Salsa's line has both.

I'm modding a fork with the Baryak kit, so I get to choose for my self, but that decision is final.
14  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Full Length Top Tube Bag? on: October 11, 2018, 07:38:56 AM
My all time favorite bag maker J.Paks makes one called the "Halfpipe". Any bag that spans the full top tube is necessarily going to be custom to get it to fit just right, and J.Pak's custom work is spot on.




http://jpaks.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-halfpipe.html
15  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Ultralight sleeping bags for a woman or "short" size on: October 11, 2018, 07:27:53 AM
+1 for Enlightened Equipment. Great gear, very light, and the most affordable high end bags/quilts you'll find out there.
16  Forums / Question and Answer / Flat mount mechanical disc brakes on: August 24, 2018, 07:06:15 AM
Does anyone have experience with any of the flat mount mechanical disc brake options? The ones I know of are:

Shimano RS305
Yokozuna Motoko
TRP HY/RD

I've heard that the RS305 are a PITA to adjust, I've had terrible experiences with other TRP calipers when used with SRAM levers, and I have seen next to nothing about the Yokozunas. Any input would be greatly appreciated, even if you've only used the post mount versions of these.
17  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: HydroBlu Versa Flow filter... anyone have any experience? on: August 15, 2018, 06:34:34 AM
I have the sawyer mini, which looks to be pretty similar in size and function. It worked great for the first few liters, but then really slowed down, requiring me to sit on my filter bag to get any water out at all. These things need very frequent back flushing to keep clean. When I got home (fortunately this was just an overnight) I backflushed the filter and it is up and running again.

I expect the HydroBlu will be similar, but I have no direct experience.
18  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Inaugural mukluk weekend trip on: August 07, 2018, 06:21:35 AM
If you open the photos in MS paint, you can pretty easily resize the photos to the requirements.
19  Forums / Routes / Re: Michigan singletrack bikepacking - NCT, HCP, or ??? on: July 23, 2018, 06:03:04 AM
I'm going to be on a month long work trip in Ann Arbor in September. I didn't see a whole ton of pre-charted bikepacking in the area, but it looked like there were a number of good options for work night S24O trips (I guess I should probably be calling them S16O trips if no work is to be missed).
20  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Any California Routes for Bikepacking? on: July 23, 2018, 06:00:18 AM
I've ridden portions of the SF Peninsula Traverse and absolutely loved it. It is really amazing what wilderness is available, just a few miles from the multi-million dollar homes of the silicon valley hyper wealthy.

It probably won't actually be too hot out, since you are right in the fog zone, much of the time. During a heat wave one summer (highs well into the 90s in the valley) I went out at the crack of dawn and actually found frost on the grass.
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