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What We Used and Where We Went

Grafton Pannell1 Comment
What We Used and Where We Went

So last month Blake (@blzke), James (@pn_nizzy), and I finally decided we'd take ourselves seriously as "adventurers"... and maybe more so as "adventure cyclists."  It took a lot of planning (probably should've planned even more) and preparation to be in the saddle for 4 days.  

The scenic views were few and far between... said no one ever.  

Here's a short list of what was necessary to make this whole adventure happen.  

 

the hard part was picking your bike back up

Bike Build:

  • Frame: Voodoo Hoodoo 26” steel steed
  • Fork: Specialized Direct Drive CroMo that I sandblasted and speckle painted.  (thanks to elephant bikes for adding some braise-ons for extra bottle/flask cages)
  • Headset: Cane Creek
  • Handlebar: Titec J-Bar
  • Grips: ESI
  • Stem: RaceFace
  • Brake Levers: Avid Dial      
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR    
  • Shift Lever: Sram gx 10 speed      
  • Rear Derailleur: Sram gx 10 speed long cage
  • Crankset: Truvative Stylo with a North Shore Billet 30T Chainring      
  • Bottom Bracket: Sram gxp      
  • Cassette: Sun Ringle 10 Speed 11-42
  • Chain: Sram 1071
  • Pedals: Crank Bros Candy
  • Saddle: Brooks Cambium C17      
  • Hubs: Mavic Cross Land
  • Rims: Mavic Cross Land
  • Tires: Continental Mountain King 26x2.2

 

photo by blake

Camping and Sleeping:      

 

"that burger at warm lake did me in..."

Bike tools/Spares:

  • Multi-tool: Full Windsor The Nutter
  • Tire repair: Lever/Tubes x3/Stans Sealant/Gorilla Tape/Dollar Bill/Glue
  • Chain: 1x Master link/Chain lube
  • Spares: Kool Stop Brake Pads
  • Straps: Chums Stowaways/Voile Straps
  • Essentials: Lighter/Zip Ties/Extra Cables/Extra Spokes
  • Bikepacking Bags/Storage:      
  • Seat Pack: Timbuk2 Saddle Bag      
  • Frame Pack: Jandd Frame bag      
  • Feed Bag: Topeak Bento Box      
  • Backpack: Camelbak Mule
  • Drybag: Alps Mountaineering Dry Compression Sack

 

what is this thing?

Tech:     

 

Personal Care:

 

downhill into camp before climbing the deadwood summit.

Clothing:     

Our bikes all started weighing in at somewhere between 23-26lbs.  Post loading our bicycles up to be "tour ready" they weighed in at somewhere between 60-70lbs.  My original goal was to ride from Stanley, Idaho along the Idaho Hot Springs Loop around to Idaho City, Idaho. Due to time and my lofty aspirations on how far we could ride each day we had to make a few short cuts.  

All of this said, we finished up our journey riding banks-lowman road slowly watching the mile markers go by as we pedaled into Crouch, Idaho.  A few pints later we were picked up by a dear friend and headed back to Stanley for one last night under the stars.  

I wish i could say I drew that

Stay tuned to hear more about the hardships and joyous moments we met along the route.  Just to give you an idea... my ass is still sore and my fingers are still tingling.  Special Thanks to Club ride, Stanley, thermarest, MSR, 45Nrth, teravail, o2 rainwear, Chums, beyond coastal, Vessel Coffee, high westfleet feet Spokane, and Velofix spokane for all of your support in helping us along the route.  We couldn't have made it all happen the way it did without you!