Dirt Roads / MTB Touring, DIY projects, Personal setups » Federico’s old dirt jumper setup.

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I’ve heard several times “it’s not about the bike” so I headed to bikepack northern Argentina with the gear I already owned.

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Unfortunately altitude (everything above 10000 feet/3000m) and strong winds were worse than expected and with a bike with the wrong geometry I ended up riding only 250+ miles (60 trail & 25 singletrack)โ€ฆ but still was a very good way to put myself and some gear to the test!

  • Old Kona Cowan dirt jumper size M
  • Cheap Manitou suspension fork
  • Maxxis Ardent 26×2.40
  • DIY handlebar bag
  • DIY frame bag
  • DIY seat bag
  • DIY fork bags

 

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  • GO LITE UL BACKPACK (35L)
  • BIG AGNES FLY CREEK UL 2 TENT
  • SEA TO SUMMIT SPARK I SLEEPING BAG
  • KLYMIT STATIC V2 SLEEPING PAD
  • BIVY SACK
  • QUECHUA SLEEPING BAG LINER
  • PETZL HEADLAMP
  • MULTI-FUEL STOVE
  • OLD 1P COOKWARE SET
  • SPORK
  • SWISS ARMY KNIFE
  • 1L WATER BOTTLE
  • CAFFLANO ALL IN ONE COFFEE MAKER

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  • OUTDOOR RESEARCH GORE-TEX JACKET + RAIN PANTS
  • PATAGONIA HOUDINI JACKET
  • THE NORTH FACE FLEECE
  • MINUS 33 MERINOย 1/4 ZIP
  • PATAGONIA CAPILENE 3 1/4 ZIP
  • PATAGONICA CAPILENE 2 CREW
  • PATAGONIA MERINO 1 T-SHIRT
  • COLUMBIA TITANIUM CONVERTIBLE PANTS
  • THE NORTH FACE SHORTS
  • PATAGONIA CAPILENE 3 BOTTOMS
  • SALOMON TRAIL RUNNERS
  • VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS KSO TREK
  • PATAGONIA SUN BOONIE
  • LLAMA WOOL HAT
  • GLOVE LINERS
  • BOXERS X3
  • MERINO SOCKS X1
  • UNDER ARMOUR HEATGEAR SOCKS X2

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  • FUJIFILM X SERIES CAMERA
  • CANON SELPHY PRINTER
  • PAUL C. BUFF EINSTEIN 640 STUDIO FLASH
  • PAUL C. BUFF VAGABOND MINI BATTERY PACK
  • SEKONIC L-358 LIGHT METER
  • HYPERDRIVE COLORSPACE UDMA HARD DRIVE
  • MANFROTTO TRIPOD
  • OCTABOX
  • BLACK RAPID STRAP
  • YONGNUO RF-603 WIRELESS TRIGGERS
  • FILTERS
  • GOPRO HERO 3+ (not pictured)

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  • DELORME INREACH TWO-WAY SATELLITE MESSENGER
  • SUUNTO AMBIT 2 GPS/WATCH
  • IPAD
  • SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE SMARTPHONE
  • GOAL ZERO NOMAD 13 SOLAR PANEL
  • GOAL ZERO GUIDE 10+ RECHARGER X2

Comments (7)

GregMay 19th, 2015 at 7:29 pm

What was the weight of your bike loaded, looks like all your photo gear might be a load to carry. What is your opinion on the goal zero products. Its not about the bike, its about where it takes us. Cool working setup

FedericoMay 19th, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Hola Greg,

To be honest I’s afraid to weight it… but the photo gear alone was over 15 pounds ๐Ÿ™
I love Goal Zero’s gear, for the Amazon jungle’s trip I’m only going to replace one of the Guide10+ with a Sherpa 50 to have a little more juice (in case I get cloudy/rainy days).

It not about the bike, but I’ll need to replace it for the next warm up trip ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saludos,
Federico

EricJuly 9th, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Wow that’s an impressive amount of photo gear to carry on your bike! How were the tripod, camera, and all the other sensitive electronics distributed amongst your bike bags and your backpack? As a photographer I’d love to hear how everyone else is packing their sensitive gear without racks. Thanks!

FedericoJuly 10th, 2015 at 5:28 am

Hola Eric,

Yes, it’s a HUGE & HEAVY amount of gear to carry on my bike ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’s carrying the gear distributed in the following way:

Backpack: camera, flash & battery, printer, tablet, HD, + headlamp & first aid kit.

Handlebar bag: tripod, umbrella, + my sleeping system.

Frame bag: filters, spare batteries, remote triggers, photometer, + food & cooking gear.

Seat bag: clothing.

Attached to the handlebar: Solar panel & Guide 10Plus rechargers + inReach satellite messenger.

Pockets/wrist: smartphone, Swiss army knife, & GPS watch.

For my 2nd warm up trip I think I’ll try a rear rack with front/micro panniers, to carry less weight in the backpack ๐Ÿ™‚

Saludos,
Federico

FedericoSeptember 22nd, 2015 at 9:43 am

For my 2nd warm up trip through “El Impenetrable” one of Argentina’s most remote & wild areas, I bought a cheap aluminum frame and used my dirt jumper’s parts. I also used a rear rack and small panniers…

http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/bikepacking/post-up-your-rigs/160/

Saludos,
Federico

RobDecember 20th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Federico, nice job presenting all your gear – some really durable and high end stuff there. Curious, did you use both the tent and the bivy? I have considered carrying a hammock and bivy just so I’m covered, but couldn’t rationalize the extra weight. Would love to hear your thoughts on carrying two shelter systems out there.

FedericoDecember 21st, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Rob!

I’m using Sea to Summit’s Spark SP I ultralight sleeping bag (350g) which I love, but unfortunately it’s not enough for Southern Patagonia’s summer (got a big snow storm last week at Ushuaia)… so in those cases I need to combine thermal base layers, a sleeping bag liner, the Spark, and the bivy just to stay warm at night ๐Ÿ™‚

Also there’re times in Patagonia when it’s impossible to lay a tent due to the strong winds (up to 100 miles/hour) and I need to use the sleeping bag/bivy combo…

Saludos,
Federico

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