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1  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.
2  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.

3  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.
4  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
5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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

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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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).
14  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.
15  Forums / Question and Answer / Front Country Nutrition on: July 09, 2018, 09:29:24 AM
Staying fed while training for endurance events is like filling a sieve with water. While I'm out in the woods I have no problem staying fed, since I have a nearly limitless supply of calories within reach, but at home and at work I find it hard to eat enough to keep up with my voracious appetite.

I'm looking into some sort of high calorie protein shake I can drink right when I get to work and right after my ride back home.

What do you guys do to keep up with all that? 3 meals a day just isn't enough!
16  Forums / Routes / Re: Vancouver Island Bikepacking Route on: July 09, 2018, 07:45:26 AM
Wow, I don't know how this didn't get more traction. It looks amazing. I was looking into doing something like this (but much shorter). What are the services like in back country Vancouver Island? Were there frequent country stores and places to fill water?
17  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: What bags do you use with drop bars? on: June 13, 2018, 06:27:14 AM
Note if you are using aerobars, you can just use some ROK straps to attach a dry bag to the underside of the bars, without any cable interference problems. See the 2nd photo in this thread, guy on the left, for an example:
18  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: What bags do you use with drop bars? on: June 13, 2018, 06:23:55 AM
I've got the sweetroll, which I use when I'm traveling with my better half, inn to inn, loaded up with clothes. I have to roll it pretty much all the way up to make it fit. Kinda a pain in the rear. One day I forgot to roll it all the way up and I couldn't shift more than one gear at a time because it limited my shift lever throw.

I also have a super minimalist MYOG harness that I got from someone here. I put my sleeping bag in a Sea to Summit XS dry bag, wrap that in my tyvek ground cloth, and strap that into the harness. It stays much narrower, so I never have hand interference issues.

Make sure to get a harness with a front pocket. They are so handy!
19  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: DIY water bladder on: March 28, 2018, 06:27:16 AM
I have thought about doing this a couple of times, but I found a workaround that has kept me pretty happy. The Platypus bladder is longer, thinner, and doesn't have that huge port you need to cram into your bag. If you leave it a little under filled, it is surprisingly flexible and can fit into just about any space.
20  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Is the industry saturated? on: February 13, 2018, 08:32:02 AM
There are a million people in their basements making low to medium quality bikepacking bags. There are a few *really* high quality bag makers out there, and a fair number in between the extremes.

But they are all making essentially the same few bags (seat bag, bar bag, frame bag, top tube bag, and snack bags). If you have something novel, then go for it! I think how things are attached to a fork is still developing. I'll add that if you find a way to attach something to a carbon fork with no mounts, you'll make millions!
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