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Thursday, January 7, 2016

A few bags more...

Yesterday, with some idle hours on my hands, it was timely to pay a call on one of the local bike stores (River City Cycles) to check out their range of bikepacking gear. I've never visited the store previously, but knew from his blog that the store mechanic (Troy) is a keen bikepacker and endurance racer, and that the store sells bikepacking bikes, fatbikes and gear.

This visit was intended to be a scouting mission. With the xmas credit card statements in the mail I had no intentions of spending any more money. But when the BikeBagDude products on offer caught my eye they were irresistible. BBD gear is usually only sold via the web, so this was a rare opportunity for a hands-on inspection.
After briefly considered a pair of Salsa Anything bags but finding the finish quality somewhat lacking, I came away with a pair of Salsa Anything cages with BBD Anything bags.


The BBD Anything bags feature an innovative design with a loop on the bottom to fit the foot of the cage, and an integral hook and loop strap which secures the bag to the cage wings.


So I was finally able to answer the question that has been on my mind for a long time - will my Tarptent Protrail fit in an anything bag? Yes it will as you see in the picture above. And it also settled in my mind whether an anything bag will be big enough for my food - again the answer is yes.

Ended my visit with an interesting chat with Troy about his preparations for the 1000 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational, a winter endurance race in Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. Entry to this event is by invitation only to athletes who have completed a recognised qualifying event. To even qualify is an endurance feat in itself.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bling for the Fargo...

Hmmmm, the Fargo frame uses full-housing cables and has braze-on cable guides under the top tube and along the stays. I've assumed that the housing would be fastened by cables ties, but while poking around the Jagwire site I discovered there are special c-clips to use with the guides.

Never knew about them before but they should make the cabling nice and tidy.

A bit more digging and voilà - bling for the bike. Anodized c-clips in five colours. Cool!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bags in the Bag...

Very exciting delivery today from Bedrock. From Bedrock Bags that is, not from Fred and Barney.

I ordered them on back on 1 August. Andrew Wracher of Bedrock has been busy and has a longish production queue, but I was happy enough with the wait.

Quality, finish, workmanship is impressive, so it was well worth it. So now it's time to think about a practice pack to find out what fits and what doesn't.


Top: Custom Frame Bag - Dual Zipper Main Pocket With Divider And Non-Drive Side Map Pocket - super deluxe
Centre/Under: Entrada handlebar Bag with Pocket.
Bottom:Coconino Seat Bag with Railwing

So the question arises - just what is the capacity of the Bedrock bikepacking bags I'm going to use.

According to Bedrock, the seat bag has a capacity of 12 litres.

I calculate the capacity of the frame bag at close enough to 10 litres and the handlebar bag at 7 litres.

In addition I'll be using three bags on Anything cages at 5 litres each.

That gives a total capacity of 44 litres - about the same as a pair of Ortlieb Back Rollers.

And that is not counting the pocket or cockpit bags, which don't add much to the total capacity but will carry a multitude of small items.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fargo's cargo is Vargo...

A few posts back I was mulling over ways to consolidate my cookware so it could be carried on an Anything cage. Finding the right size pot was not looking promising, so an MSR Windburner or Jetboil was under consideration - but really, adding another stove to my collection is the last thing I need. In fact I'm soon going to have a stove sell-off.

But today I found the perfect pot - the Vargo Bot. I don't know how I missed it as I'm sure looked here before: Vargo Bot Review.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Doh - missing sprockets found...

"Lucky I looked closely, the cassette is wrong - 13-36t in 11-36t packaging, so back to Bike24 to sort out."

See - there is no 11 tooth sprocket.

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Oh - there it is...

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After a brief exchange of email with Bike24, it was suggested I remove the packaging and look underneath the cassette - et voilà, the 11t sprocket and lockring. Who'da thunk it?