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2022 TD Update

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2022 TD Update

Friday, June 22. Thought I’d do a quick update on the trip so far for my followers. Today I rode from Cuba New Mexico to Abiquiu lake and I’m staying at the Army Corps of Engineers campground here. The beauty of the site is breathtaking, but the nearest food is 6 miles away, so I’ll be dining on the cache of snacks I bought at the Dollar General in Cuba, NM last night.  Today was an easy day, maybe 55 miles, taking it easy after yesterday’s 130 from Grants, NM. I’m officially “touring” now, some heatstroke-related cramping while crossing the...

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Jefe Adds MaXalami Synthetic Tire Sealant and Two New Shutter Precision Hubsets

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Jefe Adds MaXalami Synthetic Tire Sealant and Two New Shutter Precision Hubsets

May 2022 -- Jefe Velo LLC has added three new product lines to its growing line of nonpareil bikepacking gear. The online site has added MaXalami Wurstwasser synthetic tire sealant, one of the best-selling tire sealants in Europe, and 100x15 thru axle & 100x9 quick release / 150x15 fat bike widths of Shutter Precision's high efficiency PD-8X dynamo hub.

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East Texas Showdown / Slowdown - April 1, 2022

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East Texas Showdown / Slowdown - April 1, 2022

Enter the Bikes or Death East Texas Showdown / Slowdown Raffle for a chance to win $100 jefe.bike gift certificates and some superfly kLite cycling caps!  jefe velo is a raffle sponsor of the event.  We're going to be dot watching on this race, Patrick Farnsworth has put together a superb bikepacking race that runs through some of the most scenic parts of Texas. As always, you need to be present to win!

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2022 Tour Divide Cockpit

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2022 Tour Divide Cockpit

Glamour shots of my 2022 Tour Divide cockpit

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2022 Tour Divide - Jefe Velo Gear List

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2022 Tour Divide - Jefe Velo Gear List

OK, it looks very much like I'm going to ride the 2022 Tour Divide as an individual time trial, departing the third or fourth week of June. Six months out, my high-level target is to complete the ~2,700 miles in 23 - 27 days. I was at the grand depart in 2018 but scratched and in 2019, picked up where I left off and toured for two weeks. I know what I'm getting into here and my mind and body are in a reasonable place to make those kinds of predictions.

Based on multiple requests from readers, I've posted my working bike and gear list--with the level of granular detail several degrees above what makes the annual "rigs of the tour divide" article on bikepacking.com. I'm around 90% complete on the bike setup, I'll post some glamour shots as soon as it's together.

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