Here’s a somewhat random list of equipment, components, accessories, and parts I’ve used. I’ve organized each section from most recent to oldest. Whatever is listed first is most likely what I’m currently using.
Note: I’ve barely started on this so a lot is missing, obviously.
- Porcelain Rocket
- Porcelain Rocket
- Porcelain Rocket
- Ortlieb 6 Compact. I’m not a big fan of handlebar bags so I use the smallest one possible. Another benefit of the Ortlieb is that it’s very stable for offroad riding; it still bounces around a lot but it’s less than any other bag I’ve used. I’ve modified the bag in order to make it more stable, quieter, and less likely to damage what’s in there. I also use the KlickFix bar mount. I’ve found the Ortieb bar mount does not hold well enough offroad.
- Dill Pickle bag. The size and shape of this is really nice. The only challenge I have with it is that it’s not very stable in offroad riding.
- Ortlieb Medium. This is a bit large for offroad riding.
- Bedrock Tapeats To-Go Bag. I keep my camera, phone, mini tool, and lens cleaner in this. I really like this for the way I use it. This bag has two features I really like: first, I can set this up so that it doesn’t hit my knee while climbing; it has a narrow rectangular profile. Second, it has a fold over flap so it’s completely waterproof when closed, and the size is very adjustable depending on how much stuff I might pack in it.
- Revelate Feed Bag.
- 11-32t Ultegra 6800 cassette with Rene Herse crankset with 46/26 chainrings. This combination gets me a 22 inch low gear. This is definitely in the range of mountain bike gearing.
- 11-32t Ultegra 6800 cassette with Rene Herse crankset with 48/30 chainrings. This combination gets me a 26 inch low gear. This is the equivalent of the custom 11-speed 36t cassette I made for New Zealand.
- 11-36 custom 11-speed cassette mated to a 50/34 crank. This is still not low enough for my type of riding and for bikepacking.
- Clement X’plor MSO 40s. A good choice when the terrain will range from pavement to technical singletrack. One flat caused by a thorn.
- Clement LAS 33c filetread. Light and fast but not great on anything other than mild trails.
- Schwalbe Ultremo 23c. I rode these for years in all condition – including full-on mountain biking. They work surprisingly well and I only got a couple flats in thousands of offroad miles. I’m getting old and I’m doing more bikepacking so I typcially ride something a bit plusher these days.
- Mavic Disc.
- Modified Enve 3.4 wheels. In early 2014, when I originally built this bike, 11-speed disc wheel options were very few. By far the lightest durable wheeleset was the Enve at 1,460 grams. Front: Enve rim with SON28 hub, centerlock. Rear: Enve rim with DT 240 hub, centerlock.
Generator & Light System
- SON28 Centerlock Disc Generator hub
- Schmidt Edelux II headlight.
- Headlight mounted on my prototype light mount that mounts on the headset race. It all worked perfectly.
- Taillight: None connected to the generator.
Lights, Battery Operated
- Headlight: Light & Motion Gobe 700 x2 mounted on handlebars.
- Helmet mount headlight: Light & Motion Urban 550.
- Backup headlight: Light & Motion Urban 550 x2 mounted on fork.
- Taillight #1: Lezyne Femto mounted on the frame.
- Taillight #2: Portland Design Works Danger Zone mounted on the rear rack.
- Taillight #3: Knog frog mounted on my helmet.
- Garmin 1000
- Garmin 810
- Garmin 800
- Garmin xxxx
- Garmin Touring
- Garmin 200
- Phone: Sony Xperia. This is also my backup camera.
- Video: Garmin Virb. Many of the images on this site are from the Virb. I try to indicate which images are video stills and which are photos. The lower resolution images are video.
- Video: GoPro Hero 4 Black. Compared to the VIRB: Better video quality but much less user friendly and significantly worse battery life.
- Power Supply, External: 5,600mAh external battery x2. 12,000mAh external charger x2.
- Power Converter: Sinewave Revolution. Converts electricity generated by the hub into USB output.
- Cables: 2x micro usb. 2x mini usb.
- Stove: I tried fuel gel for the first time and it worked fine. I’d read mixed reviews but at 5,000 feet it boiled 3+ cups of water in about 10 minutes. Good enough for me. No smell. Fairly clean. Very light.
- Cooking Equipment: Total weight: ~5 ounces. Stove, windshield, fuel, matches.
- Sleeping Bag: I tried a lighter warmer temperature bag – the Big Agnes Pitchline SL – for this trip since the low temperature would be in the mid 50s. This worked well temperate-wise; it was too warm. But I’m not crazy about the partial zipper – it saves weight but it’s a pain to get my legs into. This bag saved about 11oz over my Horse Thief SL.
- Sleeping Pad.
- Silk liner: I’ve not traveled with one before because I feel like they’re a waste of weight. However, I get pretty dirty after a few days of riding in the dirt so I thought I’d give it a try. And given how warm we expected the nights to be I thought it might be enough. It worked well and was pretty close to warm enough without a sleeping bag. I will try this again.
- Pillow: This was the first time I’ve ever traveled with a pillow. However, given the trouble I’ve had sleeping on these trips I thought I’d give it a try. And the inflatable pillow is only 85 grams. It was definitely worthwhile. I will use this again.
- Compression System – explain
- Equipment Mounting System: Prototype compression rear rack. Stainless steel. Collapsible.
- Three 26 ounce water bottles on the bike. Equivalent of 2.25 liters. This is 4.9lbs of water.
- Three-liter water capacity Osprey Raptor 10 hydration backpack. This is 6.3lbs of water.
- Camel Back something.
Water Filtration Systems
I wrote an article about this.
- Supplemental oxygen: On a whim I thought it might be worthwhile to have some oxygen in case I was showing signs of altitude sickness. Patria carried the container and I used it a number of times during our rides. Our altitude topped out at just over 7,000 feet. I think it was worthwhile. Will try it again when we do higher elevation riding.