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1  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Tail lights. Where/how did you mount yours? on: May 17, 2018, 01:34:08 PM
back of your helmet is always a decent spot.

some seat bags have enough webbing or strapping to mount a light to as well.
2  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Bearspray Holder on: April 03, 2018, 11:41:07 AM
Ya'll are over complicating this.

I used an old water bottle, similar to the OP, and the top of an old wool sock that fit nicely over the bear spray to eliminate any rattling and improve the fit between canister and bottle. Then just duct taped the top closed around the bear spray. This way the bottle is just part of the bear spray and comes out together, keeping it quick and easy to draw.
3  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Ergonomics: Gripshift vs. triggers on: March 19, 2018, 11:09:56 AM
I have a Sram X0 on my fat bike and I love it. I'm not sure how I would feel about it on my trail bike which gets a lot more bumps and I feel would be susceptible to accidental shifts.

Have you tried both SRAM and Shimano trigger shifters? They operate differently and have different sized triggers so you may find one is a problem and not the other. I prefer the Shimano style triggers, but I have big hands. I think the SRAM ones are smaller.

Some new shifters come with a 'single clamp' design that allows you to put more devices onto one spot on your bars, saving you space for bags and other do-dads.
4  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Bikepacking specific maintenance on: March 15, 2018, 10:49:03 AM
I was asking a mechanic friend about spare spokes and he suggested a thing called FiberFix emergency spoke repair kit. It's basically a rope with loop that threads onto the spoke nipple.

Anybody used these before? Are they durable enough to finish a trip, or just enough to get home?
5  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Hitch Mount Bike Racks on: March 09, 2018, 09:18:43 AM
NS racks don't work with fork fenders which seem pretty essential for Coastal BC winter riding. I was keen on one until I realized that.

Or carbon fat bike forks, but you hang them backwards sometimes (by the bars) if you're just going a short distance and the roads aren't too rough.

We use an older version of the Yakima two timer. It's super fast and easy to use, only problem is it doesn't work very well for bikes really sloped top tubes. Anything that clamps the top tub will suffer this problem. Our  version doesn't fit the fat bike cups, but we just sit it on top and bungee the tires and it works fine.
6  Forums / Winter bikepacking / Re: water bottles on: March 09, 2018, 09:14:05 AM
What is the benefit of keeping a bottle upside down?

And yea, the bigger the volume, the longer it takes to freeze so using a nalgene or bigger thermos will help.
7  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Bikepacking specific maintenance on: March 09, 2018, 09:06:56 AM
The decision of what to carry is mostly personal. Some folks believe you can never be prepared enough and so carry very little, while others will carry almost the whole toolbox.

Likewise I don't think you can ever be prepared to fix everything (frame or rack cracks, bearing issues, damaged rims, etc), but there are lots of good lists out there, including one on which breaks it down in levels. Something like necessity, nice to have and luxury.

You should also consider carrying stuff to fix other items like your bags (duct tape, zipties, needle and thread, etc).

One thing I never used to carry but do now is a leatherman. There is no substitute for plyers when you need them.
8  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: How can I make a troll feel a bit more like a road bike geometry on: March 08, 2018, 10:17:10 AM
I would try a longer stem first, and perhaps one with a lower angle before trying the seatpost. Moving the seat back will affect the efficiency and distance from the saddle to the pedals which might cause discomfort in your legs.

Not sure what length comes stock on your size troll but I had the same problem with my Fatback and moving up to a non-riser 90mm stem help a lot.
9  Forums / Routes / Re: Kenai 250 Route on: March 07, 2018, 02:32:37 PM
I've been looking at doing this in the summer as well.

jimbslim, is the singletrack mostly smooth and flowy? I want to bring an AWOL with some meatier mtb tires rather than my mountain bike - do you think it's too rough a ride for drop bars?
10  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Trying to fill a void in my quiver on: March 07, 2018, 12:13:39 PM
For the cost of buying new rims, tires, and gears, and the headache of swapping that in and out all the time, you could into a cheap gravel bike easily.

Haven't ridden them, but our LBS just got a full line of Kona Roves that look like fun and are ~$1000 CDN at the low end.
11  Forums / Question and Answer / handle bar bags on: March 07, 2018, 11:57:58 AM
Hey folks, new to forum, new to bikepacking.

What I've got so far:
Revelate Terrapin Seatbag
Revelate Ranger Frame bag (Large)
Surley Nice Front Rack w x2 Arkel 25L roll top panniers.

I want somewhere to put my camera, wallet, phone, couple of snacks, sunglasses that is easy to take off the bike and carry with me, if I park and want to go hiking or walk around town.

I've been looking at the Revelate Harness and Specialized Burra Burra barbags and wondering if I could use those to carry a non-round load like a small backpack or shoulder bag carrying the above items. Has anybody ever put something that wasn't a tent/sleeping bag/soft round thing in their bar bag? I fear it won't hold them well because of the shape.

I'm running Salsa woodchippers and like to use the straight portion of the bars sometimes, so something that rides off the bars is a must.

All the other companies just seem to make hard, lunch box style barbags.
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