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1  Forums / Bikepacking / eTrex 30x at Costco for $130 on: August 29, 2019, 05:10:01 AM
If you're in the market for a GPS...

I was wandering around Costco yesterday, a dangerous thing to do, and saw they were selling the Garmin eTrex 30x for $130.
2  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Shimano / SRAM Eagle [Shmeagle] Hybrid Drivetrain? on: August 21, 2019, 09:42:20 AM

Thanks, but didn't see anything specific to ShmEagle compatibility. I've ordered a M8100 12-spd shifter to see if it works on my wife's new Ripley, with a Eagle NX drivetrain. I'll report back.
However, did see a link to the fabricator in the UK who makes some really cool brackets and adapters, JTek Engineering
Maybe JTek will make a Shiftmate for this application if needed.
Lots of Shiftmate adapters to choose from. Maybe SRAM Eagle to Shimano 12 is the not needed, aka a Shiftmate Y...[?] I'll soon find out.


3  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2020 AZTR on: July 26, 2019, 08:09:07 AM
Hope you have a good body shop to repair all that wreckage. Is the box checked...?

Hey all,
Checking in after getting wrecked by the Divide.
4  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Camp pillow? on: July 15, 2019, 12:16:00 PM
Klymit Intertia Ozone full length pad, which has its own separate chamber for a pillow. The pillow chamber is shaped with seams to make it depressed in the middle, so your head doesn't slide off. HInt: Don't over-inflate the pillow. A jacket or another soft piece of unused piece of clothing to keep skin off the pad/bag.
Also, the Intertia pad has rails along the edges, which helps keep you centered on the pad and not constantly sliding off.
For such a minimal pad/pillow, it's pretty amazing how comfortable it sleeps.
5  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 CTR Preparation & Plannning on: July 15, 2019, 09:17:22 AM
Re: New eTrex models
Both 20 and 30 just recently got upgraded to 22 and 32 models, with a better base map already loaded. Since I last purchased a GPS, there is also a variant of the 20 I didn't know about, the 20x, with more memory and other [?] upgrades.
I'm not in the market for a new GPS, but I'm always on the lookout for something to replace the 20/30, which are the benchmark GPS models for bikepacking. Battery life can never be too long... Anybody have any experience with the 20x, 22 or 32?
All the above probably means you can find the 20 and 30 at lower prices.

... As far as GPS Id be looking at eTrex20. If you want more info go eTrex30 but I found more info just eating at my mind on Tour Divide as I flipped through screens anticipating climbs etc. wasted mental energy. eTrex20 has all you need, is rock solid, and if you turn the backlight completely off will last quite some time.
6  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Carrying a bike via a backpack on: July 11, 2019, 11:39:45 AM
An option...
7  Forums / Question and Answer / Shimano / SRAM Eagle [Shmeagle] Hybrid Drivetrain? on: July 11, 2019, 11:36:04 AM
Moved my question over to this Q and A forum...

Anybody tried a 12-speed Shimano shifter [M9100/8100/7100] with SRAM drivetrain yet? Cassette spacing is slightly different between the two drivetrains, but I've watched a YouTube video showing that it works. But we all know how YouTube can gap reality...
About ready to transition away from a 2X drivetrain, but really don't want to invest in an XD or Micro Spline driver [aka new rear wheel for the latter] at this time. Easiest way for me to do this is to use a SRAM 12-spd NX [or Suntour] cassette, which fits the current Shimano Hyperglide freehub and SRAM GX/NX chain and rear derailleur. From past experience, I really prefer Shimano shifters over SRAM's...
Which makes me also wonder if a 12-spd Shimano shifter and RD [9100/8100/7100 series] works with a SRAM 12-spd cassette...?
8  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Shimano connector on Shutter Precision (SP) hub...? on: July 11, 2019, 11:34:00 AM
Pure speculation, but the connector looks identical to the SP/Exposure hub connector. This is a good item to have as a spare.
9  Forums / Bikepacking / Shmeagle Hybrid 12-Speed Drivetrain [moved to Q and A forum] on: July 10, 2019, 08:11:47 AM
Moved to Q and A forum...
10  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Pinyons and Pines 2019 on: July 03, 2019, 07:42:48 AM
I was just having fun with your atypical spelling of pinon... We call it PJ here in New Mexico. However, our typical PJ [pinon-juniper] terrain is below the elevation at which Ponderosas become healthy.
Pinon country is also referred to as P&J, not the sandwich but Pinon & Juniper (think rocky trails & uber sticky mud if wet), THe pine refers to Ponderosa Pine, a much taller, shadier tree which tends to come w/ flow type hardpack trails.
11  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Pinyons and Pines 2019 on: July 02, 2019, 10:19:27 AM
Having phun with words? Otherwise I'm confused - A pinon tree [pinyon?] is a pine...  Wink
12  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2020 AZTR on: June 17, 2019, 12:12:43 PM
Expanding on my edit above:

Re: Daylight hours in April vs. Oct.

Looking at daylight times for Phoenix at

April 20, 2019 = 13:10 [hr:min] of daylight.
October 20, 2019 = 11:12 [hr:min]... almost two hours less daylight.

Re: Heat in April vs. Oct.

Daytime temps could very similar, depending on the year and luck of the draw with a late spring storm or early winter storm, but nighttime temps would almost certainly be cooler in Oct., due to longer night to allow additional cooling. First time I did the AZT 300 [2014], an above average year [?], Tuscon hit ~100 and it was 92 when I pedaled thru Patagonia.
13  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 CTR Preparation & Plannning on: June 17, 2019, 10:59:58 AM
Re: Water Treatment
One has to wait a few minutes with this technique, but the pair of tiny dropper bottles will treat something like 25 gallons of water. No taste, simple, no clogged filters to clean/replace, lightweight, relatively cheap for a racing kit... After flailing and getting burned with pump/gravity filtration systems, it's what I use.

I need a better water filter setup for next year.  I used a sawyer mini, but filling the plastic bag was a total pain in the ass.
14  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2020 AZTR on: June 14, 2019, 10:11:42 AM
Re: April >>> October

There are pros to the Oct. vs. April date [with a set date, now water under the bridge], but two [edit: three] cons come to mind:

Goatheads - Where I mostly ride, NM, it's prime season for post-monsoon goatheads. The year I did the snowed-out Coco 250 in Oct, my version wound up being about 150, there were some sections of trail that resulted in goatheads coating the tires so much they looked like studded snow-tires. It's quite stressful not knowing if your Stan's will seal that many punctures. In the spring, goatheads have mostly dried up and blown away.

Springtime bloom - Would definitely miss the palo verde, which almost carpets the ground with fallen blossoms, the awesome ocotillo and all sorts of other blooming plants I don't know the names of. The desert always has its beauty, but all those springtime blossoms just make it more awesome.

Less daylight - Being on the longer nights side of the equinox, for sure less heat, but potentially lots more cold and night riding.

Edit: After reading a few other comments, maybe I'm wrong about October being cooler than April. It can snow in either month, but it would seem that since the days in October are almost two hours shorter than they are in April, on average it would be cooler in Oct... [?]

A selfish pro - The extra time might allow me to resolve the hand/arm/shoulder/neck numbness issues which have forced me away from ultras. I'm all ears on that topic, if anyone wants to share, but that's another thread for another day...


-Barry Ritchey
15  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: TR - 2019 AZTR 750 on: June 14, 2019, 09:49:13 AM
What an awesome account! Did you ever get your phone back?
16  Forums / Bikepacking / Portage Pack on: June 14, 2019, 07:37:52 AM
Maybe a bit too heavy and expensive for most of us, although probably meeting its design niche, but might spark some DIY ideas.

17  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread on: April 16, 2019, 03:01:58 PM
I remember rolling thru Patagonia on the first day of the race in 2014 and seeing the digital [bank?] thermometer reading 92. I enjoyed a cold beverage and half a pizza at the Velvet Elvis, before rolling to Senoita. Think Tucson hit 98/99 that day. At that point, you sickly root for the temp to hit 100, for bragging rights...
Anyone else see the projected temperature for this Friday?
It is only a few degrees shy of 100.  Above average, sure, but such spikes are common in April, too.
18  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Cool Cassette Tool on: April 15, 2019, 07:40:41 AM
That one looks great for a regular QR frame, but does not work with a 12mm thru axle wheel.
wel...just like
have one for years great.
19  Forums / Bikepacking / Cool Cassette Tool on: March 17, 2019, 07:33:07 AM
Something to consider adding to one's tool kit...
20  Forums / Classifieds / Re: FS: Mountain HardWear Phantom 45 Sleeping Bag on: January 03, 2019, 07:58:57 AM

PM sent.


Edit: Sent a 2nd PM...

Is your sleeping bag still for sale?  Why are you selling?  What temps is it good for?
Thanks!  Spencer

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