Personal setups » Mark one up for Bianchi


First off let me start by saying thanks to everyone that has put up their set-ups on this site. It has been a big help to me in building my setup.

After years of reviews and 1000 of hour’s fine tuning my setup and then going back and readjusting, this is what I have come up with for my touring bike.

This is my 2011 tour divide set-up. It’s a Bianchi Sok 29er fully loaded (including water) I am at 48.625 LBS

-Front rim is a MTB mounted up on a White Industries MI6 hub

-Rear rim is a mavic 719 mounted up on a White Industries MI6 rear hub (built stronger for long distance)

-Front shock is a Rock Shock with a lock-out

-Handel bars are Salsa Wood Chippers with Shimano Ultregra Flight deck dual controls

-Brakes are Avid BB7 front and rear

-Seat is a Brooks B17

-Pedals are acid 2

-Drive train is Shimano SLX (next components for upgrade)

-Bags are Revelate Design Epic Bags for the frame, gas tank, and the seat bag. The handle bar bag is an Event.

  1. In side these bag are fun toys front to back
    1. Front handle bar bag

                                                               i.      Black Diamond spotlight bivy

                                                             ii.      Therm-a Rest NeoAir sleeping pad

                                                            iii.      Lafuma Down sleeping bag +20

  1. Frame bag

                                                               i.      Water

                                                             ii.      Spare tube

                                                            iii.      Tools

                                                           iv.      Medical kit

                                                             v.      SteriPEN Water Purifier

                                                           vi.      Cell Phone doubles as MP3 player

  1. Seat bag

                                                               i.      Extra shorts

                                                             ii.      Extra shirt

                                                            iii.      Extra socks

                                                           iv.      Patagonia down sweat shirt

                                                             v.      Patagonia rain jacket

                                                           vi.      Leg warmers

                                                          vii.      Arm warmers

                                                        viii.      Extra food

  1. Gas tank

                                                               i.      Food

                                                             ii.      Food

                                                            iii.      More food

                                                           iv.      Extra batteries

  1. Not in a bag but attached onto the bike
    1. Spot 1
    2. GPS (Garmin Oregon  550 with built in camera)
    3. Head lamp (not shown in picture but goes on handle bars) NiteRider MiNewt 250
    4. Solar Charger (Solio Rocsta H1000 Hybrid) attached to top of Seat bag
    5. Hero HD video cam (attaches onto handle bars)


  1. On me
    1. Nothing other than the cloths on my back.

Comments (11)

MarshalDecember 21st, 2010 at 6:47 pm

you going without maps?

JoshDecember 22nd, 2010 at 11:20 am

Maps? I didn’t know we had to follow a course Ha Ha. Yes I will probable put them in my seat bag just in case I have GPS failure. This is a brand-new GPS, my old RINO 110 died this last summer on a 160mile ride and I had no back up. I also left out a couple things, like I have a pump/shock pump in my frame bag, and total water I carry is 124 oz which I will probably increase near New Mexico by adding a second bladder. My hope is to keep my total bike weight under 50 lbs and then have my weight around 170.

robinbDecember 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I would strongly recommend aerobars for your TD setup.

MarshalDecember 22nd, 2010 at 8:54 pm

ditto on the aerobars, under 50 is good, with your SteriPEN you can go much less than 124oz till WY if that fits your plans

JoshDecember 24th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I like water and I don’t like aerobars on my MTB (I’ve tried and didn’t go well) but I maybe able to cut back on some water to save some weight. Thanks for the comments.

Jeff TomassettiJanuary 6th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Consider cutting out the stuff that start with the word “extra”.

Matt KJanuary 6th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Will Such a small solar cell actually charge your electronics in any reasonable amount of time? Does it need full sun to do anything?

Carl DetwylerJanuary 6th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

What is the name of the company that made your handlebar bag? I could not find Event on the interwebs–do you like the bag?

mikeJanuary 7th, 2011 at 6:53 am

The handlebar bag looks to be just a dry sack strapped to the bars. Looks like one of these:

JoshJanuary 8th, 2011 at 11:01 am

As per my solar cell, I have found that with a battery backup I can keep my cell phone and my light charged. I do need full sun to make this work that’s why I use a battery back up for those days. I have only used it on smaller rides but will be doing an 8 day ride in a couple of week and plan on putting all my new gear through the ringers.
My handle bar bag is just like mike said a Sea to Summit E Vent bag. This bag keeps my gear dry and fits perfect on my front bars.

JoshJanuary 8th, 2011 at 11:03 am

battery back up that I use –

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