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41  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Blackburn bikepacking seat bag on: October 16, 2014, 01:03:13 PM
The Blackburn distributor here in Australia didn't even know about this stuff, suffice to say it is not coming to our shores. I'll be putting locally made alternatives into our shop - stuff I know will go the distance.

Plenty of people with all the gear and no idea, we see them around, generally not the kind you ask to come along on a trip with you...they like the concept of 'packing but don't like the hard work that goes along with it.

What you say Joey is true here as well.
42  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Attach Bottle Cage if No Braz-ons? on: October 12, 2014, 11:12:43 PM
Hose clamps will confirm to a wide variety of shapes.
43  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Salsa Fargo ti - the Kiwi Brevet 2014 setup on: October 07, 2014, 05:34:21 PM
I have just appended the blog post to include the details of the custom ti fork, and detailed a little bit more on some bits of the setup.

Glad you enjoy the blog alpinum! The Witjira is heading out with me again for ITI...counting down!
44  Forums / Bikepacking / Salsa Fargo ti - the Kiwi Brevet 2014 setup on: October 04, 2014, 02:45:14 AM
Here is an article on my ti Fargo - refined for the Kiwi Brevet earlier this year:


45  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Shoe Review on: September 19, 2014, 03:44:57 PM
Hey Stick!

Shimano M088 - did the kiwi brevet this year with them, good rubber sole and available in wide shoe options

Shimano MT44 - like a run shoe, good width and correct size (I have a wide foot), quick lace system

Lake MX100 - tough outer, not real breathable (tough ripstop softshell outer) but keep out debris, narrow though so have to upsize for right width
46  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Blackburn bikepacking seat bag on: September 15, 2014, 01:33:55 AM
Look at it this way. Most people new to the sport and on the buying train for their gear, only choose cottage made gear 'coz that's the only option. Once it's mainstream at their LBS from suppliers like Blackburn etc, these items will more than likely be chosen on price and 'it's in front me to play with'.

Like many on here I'm sure, will stick by the hardcore cottage guys, because we know their gear works and is tough for purpose. Joe Noob Public however may be more influenced by what they see in the magazines. This has got to be eating into marketshare in the long run for the cottage guys...

Agreed death knell is a bit strong term, but might hamper growth for them.
47  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Best usb chargeable helmet mount lights? on: September 10, 2014, 01:28:07 PM
I know some folks use the joystick/diablo mounts for their fenix lights, similar diameter light.

Another vote for joystick/diablo/Exposure. Charge off dyno (via usb converter of course), cache battery, solar etc.

I've used them racing in NZ (summer) and Alaska (winter)
48  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Blackburn bikepacking seat bag on: September 06, 2014, 02:34:57 PM
Could it be a death knell for cottage industry businesses?
49  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Center of gravity? on: September 03, 2014, 08:51:03 PM
Most frame bags are suited to smaller modular items like food, stove, tools and spares, leaving barbag/seatbag for the bulky items like a packraft or arctic layers and sleeping bag. As noted too the duallies have even less frame space.
50  Forums / Winter bikepacking / Re: Winter race prep on: August 28, 2014, 12:46:31 PM
For me - lots of beach riding and pushing up big sandhills. I'm racing the ITI in march, and will be coming straight from our Aussie summer Smiley

I might spend some time in the chiller room in the shop next door... Smiley
51  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: I went to Icleand with Salsa Bucksaw on: August 15, 2014, 02:00:06 AM
Seriously cool!
52  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: What kind of seat did you BP with? on: August 04, 2014, 01:00:27 AM
One saddle that has worked well for me was a Spec. Avatar 143mm. One of them has sagged a bit in the middle. The cover is in good condition, the gel still comfy, so I shoved a bouncy ball between the rails and the saddle to support the centre section to keep the saddle in service. Worked a treat.
53  Forums / Winter bikepacking / Re: Toscobia 150 vs Arrrowhead 135 Winter Ultra on: August 02, 2014, 01:26:42 PM
No groaning here, would like to info hear info too.
54  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Compact Frame Designs and Bikepacking on: July 14, 2014, 09:39:46 PM
Sure gives you less framebag storage Sad

But more seatpost hanging out the frame can increase the comfort, depending on your post choice - without going thudbuster.
55  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: brake pads - organic or metallic? on: July 11, 2014, 07:20:16 PM
Go 180 front and rear and run metal pads, got this setup on the fargo with bb7r and love it for heavy loaded long descents. If you fist a rotor, you can swap it for optimum braking and no sizing issue with caliper adaptors.

56  Forums / Routes / Re: First Bikepacking Trip Help on: July 11, 2014, 07:15:45 PM
There was a route report here a while back on threading through Noble Canyon.
57  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Overnighter on the Rallarvegen Bike Trail, Norway on: July 11, 2014, 07:13:45 PM
Great scenery, reminiscent of new Zealand.
58  Site / Site issues / Suggestions / Re: SPAM Sandwich on: July 09, 2014, 02:53:47 AM
Hey Andrew, yeah, only admin can clean that mess up.
59  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Compact Foods on: July 08, 2014, 04:17:04 AM
Bonk breaker  bars for a prepacked snack, or osm bars (one square meal)
60  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: MSR 4 and 6 L hydration reservoir on: July 01, 2014, 09:23:25 PM
Yep, I run a black drom (the heavier weight fabric than the red dromlite) in my rev framebag (similar design to the ranger) on a moonlander and fargo. Can easily fit the 4L with about 3L in it. I use the MSR hose kit, along with a quick release hose kit from camelbak and an insulated hose kit to get it to the bars, I stiffened the hose bite end with a spoke (small looped the ends for safety) so the hose stands up for hands free, 4" above the stem.

Could easily jam the 6L in the framebag if I removed the framebag separator, but then you have to draw the water up the hose from lower on the bike - more mouth suck power required...
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