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 Post subject: Bikepacking Trip
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:33 am 
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Not sure if this is the right place for this...it's cross-posted from a small forum dedicated to group planning to do th Kokopelli Trail this May. Thought some other folks might be interested in seeing what's been up in California.


Had the chance to get out for an overnighter to test some things out... over 2 days the ride totalled 60 miles and 10k+ ft of climbing, so it was nice testing ground. Mostly fire road and some non-technical singletrack, which is what I expect we will see a lot of on the Kokopelli Trail.

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Stopped to check everything after the initial 5 mile climb. All was sound, but the load shifted a bit on the descent. A couple shifts/tightens and all was good. I changed from the zip tie supported load to an improved seatpost mount. Very little sway and/or bounce, if any at all. I was very pleased. Tent is up front....sleeping bag/pad and clothes on back.

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Here's my cockpit. Had the Spot GPS on the bars for a while to get a signal locked, I don't always carry it there. Big props to the "Mountain Feed Bags" which are a great use of 'dead space' on the bike. They are easily operated with one hand and hold a ton of stuff. Perfect for endurance racing or bikepacking. I had a 1 liter bottle of water on one side and tons of snacks and other miscellaneous stuff on the other side.

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A pic overlooking Jameson Lake. Jameson is the water supply for Montecito. That's Oprah's water.

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Plenty of running water this time of year, although it's a good idea to treat it. I used a Steripen Adventurer with a pre-filter. No shits, so musta worked.


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Here's my home for the night, Upper Santa Ynez Camp.

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Dinner.....cous cous with Korma Veggies and Naan. Glass of red wine.

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My lunch spot in a small canyon on the way home.

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Tell me about your frame bag please.

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I really want to do something like this... got more pics?

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 Post subject: Re: Bikepacking Trip
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I think he told me he was getting a Jandd, Britt. http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... DAQ8wIwAg#

If that's what it is, he chose to mount it in the opposite orientation from how it's intended to be run.

I have one too, if you ever want to see it.

Jersey, where are you going to carry additional water, since we won't have the stream access you enjoyed this trip.?


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 Post subject: Re: Bikepacking Trip
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nice work Jersey. Setup looks good and the glass of wine is a nice touch to a long day.

My setup has moved everything of weight to the frame pack and in my backpack. I try not to put anything on the bars. Weight up there played with the handling of the bike too much for my tastes. Did you have issues with this?


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good work jersey.

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Looking good Rich.

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nice work Jersey. Setup looks good and the glass of wine is a nice touch to a long day.

My setup has moved everything of weight to the frame pack and in my backpack. I try not to put anything on the bars. Weight up there played with the handling of the bike too much for my tastes. Did you have issues with this?

Does this mean your mountain feed bags are available?

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kool. is it hard to pedal while wearing your radiation kit?


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Why not use a real bike rack on the back? Seems like it would be a lot handier.

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How much 4wd traffic did you see on the trail?

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I think he told me he was getting a Jandd, Britt. http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... DAQ8wIwAg#

If that's what it is, he chose to mount it in the opposite orientation from how it's intended to be run.

I have one too, if you ever want to see it.

Jersey, where are you going to carry additional water, since we won't have the stream access you enjoyed this trip.?


Exactly.

For additional water, I was planning on doubling up on Camelback bladders in my pack and also thought about slipping one into the frame bag. Can carry 1 liter in the feed bags, but found 2 liters just a bit too heavy up front.

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Rev wrote:
nice work Jersey. Setup looks good and the glass of wine is a nice touch to a long day.

My setup has moved everything of weight to the frame pack and in my backpack. I try not to put anything on the bars. Weight up there played with the handling of the bike too much for my tastes. Did you have issues with this?


Could definitely feel the additional weight on the bars. Played around with locking out the fork, redistributing the weight, etc. I find that too much weight on the back destroys my ass on a longer ride. Too much pressure on the saddle i suppose. It's a give and take, so I just keep trying different things.

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