The invitation from Bikepacking.com arrived this week--the invitation to forward pictures of "the rig" and provide a blurb-ed description of the essential details. Here's my submission! If you're a reader of "travel via gravel", then you've obviously checked out the detailed rig list where I get into the real details, including the types of grease used on surfaces. The description below is edited for brevity.
The Bike: I’ll be racing an individual time trial, departing Antelope Wells on June 16, on a Salsa Fargo TI with a Fox 32SC suspension fork, a Jayhawker dynamo boost carbon fiber wheelset by jefe.bike, and Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge tubeless tires. With dynamo power onboard, I’ll be running a full electronics suite that includes a kLite Ultra Gravel lighting and charging system, a kLite Qube front and rear safety blinker, a Wahoo Roam GPS, an iPhone 13, and a Garmin inReach Mini2 satellite communicator. The cockpit features a Walmer drop handlebar, a BarYak Expedition aero bar, and Profile flip-up raised arm rests. The drivetrain is anchored by a Cane Creek eeWings TI crankset with a Garbaruk 34t chainring and gearing is through a SRAM 1x12 Eagle 10x50 AXS rear. To soak up vibrations, I have a Cane Creek eeSilk Plus carbon seatpost and a well worn Infinity E1X saddle with stainless steel rails.
The Bags: I’m going “full toothbrush” this year and looking to spend a majority of nights outside on the trail. Rogue Panda made my top tube bags and my rolltop frame bag. I have a Tailfin Aeropack rear bag with King Cage TI bottle cages on one side, a King Cage TI Manything cage and a Dyneema 5L bag by Ultra Lite Sacks on the other, and a Cargo Net over the top by Original Free Range. I have a Wolf Tooth TekLite roll top bag on the underside of the downtube that holds my tools and a Sea-to-Summit e-Vent sleeping system compression bag lashed to my BarYak Talon retention system. Tailfin suspension fork cargo mounts hold three King Cage TI bottle cages and a BearClaw Holster bear spray mount within easy reach of my right hand.
Gear Highlights: My toolkit includes some good luck heirloom allen keys that travelled with my parents during their bicycle touring adventures in the 1970’s; my setup also includes a green Salsa Pie Town steer tube top cap from the 2018 TD grand depart--mounted on my rack boss.