Personal setups » Fritz’s Setup for Tabeguache Bail October 2011


Post-bail analysis in italics.

– Specialized Stumpjumper 29er frame, White Bros rigid fork, 2×8, Flow rims, Ardent 2.4’s, Ergon grips w/ jr. bar ends, Candy petals,  plastic bottle cage ziptied at toptube/seatpost

– Cleaveland Mountaineering bikepacking kit (frame, seatpost, handlebar bags, gas tank. Disclaimer: I know Jeremy personally and am heavily biased towards his custom bikepacking gear.

– Osprey Hornet 24 pack. Perfect size for multiday, carries 5L of water well, good pillow.  No convenient packstrap pockets like Nathan packs, though.


– Clothing worn:

. Pearl Izumi Seek IV hike-a-bike shoes. Great for anything but winter conditions.

. Darn Tough merino hiker socks

. Orange short sleeve jersey

. Bike shorts

. Pearl Cyclone gloves

. Solar Shield grandpa goggles

. Helmet covered with blaze orange duct tape. Didn’t get shot!


– Clothing carried:

. MHW 100wt fleece. Light but bulky. Poofy vest next time

. OR fleece balaclava

. Montane Litespeed windshirt

. Fleece backup gloves. Invaluable.


Sleep System:

. Golite 20F down bag

. TiGoat Ptarmigan bivy

. Ridge Rest short, 2/3rds in handlebar harness, 1/3 in pack. Needed double coverage on frozen ground and snow.

. Fatigue, lots of it


Cooking and Water Storage

. 2 Hydrapak 2L reservoirs (one tube w/ quick release)

. 1 Platy 1L soft bottles

. 1 Nalgene (for scooping cow coffee)

. One .5L bike bottle, cage ziptied above toptube. Great mount, didn’t interfere with saddle nose hike a bike carry

. .5oz betadine

. Bandana for filtering cow coffee

. Tire levers as spoon. Worked well. I’d do it again.



. Two tubes, repair kit

. BD Spot headlamp (ghetto knuckle light) Didn’t use.

. Princeton Tec Fuel (helmet) Great.

. Gerber Crucial multitool

. Two topos, route cues, compass Rubber-banded laminated cue sheet to handlebar harness.

. Small med kit

. Sony Cybershot camera


Comments (6)

BeaglesdadiOctober 11th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

” Tire levers as spoon. Worked well. I’d do it again.” Great idea, can you post a pic of it?

fritzOctober 11th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Sure thing. It’s the fifth picture here:

I use Bell plastic levers from that enlightened haven of velo-aficionados, Wal-Mart. They’re slightly wider than most levers, which increases their utility as a spoon

jeremy11October 12th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Almost as good as the time I used my Brooks Saddle wrench for a spoon…… in the remote wilderness of the Archuleta Engineering Center…

Chris S.October 17th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Can you give more information on your Cleveland Mountaineering friend? I couldn’t find a website. Thanks a lot.

fritzOctober 17th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

That’s Jeremy11, click on his name above for a link to the CM blog.

NewbieMay 10th, 2013 at 5:37 am

I used to use my mother’s spoons as tire levers!

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