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  1. #476
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    Just bought a Relevate Designs Tangle half frame bag from REI. Great price at $67. Ordered online, same day curbside pickup. It fits like custom on my size 56 Sutra LTD.
    Which size did you get? I have a 54cm Sutra LTD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowagriz View Post
    Revelate Designs bags are 25% off at REI right now. Not sure if that was shared earlier.

    https://www.rei.com/search?q=revelate+designs


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    Thanks for the heads up on this, just got 2 feedbags and the Shrew for long day trips.

  3. #478
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dromond View Post
    Which size did you get? I have a 54cm Sutra LTD.
    I bought the medium.

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  4. #479
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    Haven't followed the whole discussion on tires as of yet, but I just threw on WTB Riddler 700x45c on my Pivot Vault and have been impressed all around. Not too much time on true pavement rides to check rolling resistance there, but plenty of dirt roads and trails and loving them so far. Coming from 40c Ramblers and 38,40,42c GK SK+ and have to say these hold their own, wasn't sure I was going to like the extra width of a 45, but love running less pressure and better cornering. My .02

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    Gravel/Bikepack nerds enter...

    Iíve lived deep in the woods for 20 years, until recently. Going camping meant actually spending time closer to people than I would be sitting around a bonfire in my back yard. As a result, we didnít go.

    Well, itís been 7 months since we moved to town and when I came across a homemade beer can alcohol stove I assumed I threw away, it gave me inspiration for a S24O to the mountains.

    So I literally found some old canoe straps to cut down, pulled the others from the skis, and attached some stuff sacks to the bike. I was gone just after lunch.

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    I hit my first short stretch of gravel before leaving the city limits, but most of this trip was on paved roads. A few hours later I arrived at the state park.

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    I poked around to decide with lean to I wanted and unpacked.

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    Dinner was next and the stove worked better than ever.

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    After dinner I set out to locate a brook I knew of to get some water for the morning. I wish I had brought something other than Crocs to hike in as a trip up to Sunset Ridge would have been nice. Instead I turned around after a mile and headed back to camp.

    While I waited for the stars and that beautiful crescent moon to come out, my serene backcountry mood was broken (many times over) buy a bunch of drunk maggots texting each other.

    Temps in the mid-40s meant I was snug all night long. I was awoken by Disney fucking levels of animal chatter around 6am but it felt good to just lay in my sleeping bag a while longer.

    Iím so happy to have learned about those Starbucks instant coffee packets.

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    The brooks and flowers were babbling and blooming just for me this morning.

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    I stopped to watch the sunrise over Manny

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    and 30 miles later and I was back in town.

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    I decided to take the scenic route along the lake on the bike path.

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    Looked like a good morning for a sail.

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    Back home in time for a second breakfast and an afternoon with the wife.
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  6. #481
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    ^nice! I'm planning on my first s24o this coming week. Need to get back into the habit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  8. #483
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    Drunk Mag approves Peruvian adventure camping.
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    "If the road You followed brought you to this,of what use was the road"?

    "I have no idea what I am talking about but would be happy to share my biased opinions as fact on the matter. "
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  9. #484
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    First ride on the gravel bike. Mostly paved but found a little dirt too.




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    Been trying to get out to new and different places on a regular basis, which is hard for me around here without getting in a car and driving (which I did do once). Our weekly mtb group hasn't been meeting, but instead there's a route posted every week that you can ride on your own. This week was something I've never actually done before, and I decided to take the cx bike so i could ride there a little easier and much of the route is road and old double track.

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  11. #486
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamal View Post
    Been trying to get out to new and different places on a regular basis, which is hard for me around here without getting in a car and driving (which I did do once). Our weekly mtb group hasn't been meeting, but instead there's a route posted every week that you can ride on your own. This week was something I've never actually done before, and I decided to take the cx bike so i could ride there a little easier and much of the route is road and old double track.

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    That looks sweet. You guys definitely seem to have more of that riding over by you which is cool. We have pretty damn flat, or straight up barely rideable unless it's July and been sunbaked and the snow is melted off kinda stuff. Not much in between.

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    Up at 10,000 ft lakes


  13. #488
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    That looks sweet. You guys definitely seem to have more of that riding over by you which is cool. We have pretty damn flat, or straight up barely rideable unless it's July and been sunbaked and the snow is melted off kinda stuff. Not much in between.
    I'm not familiar with your area at all but I'd assume there's plenty of stuff around? We've been putting some gravel and forest roads on trailforks, plus there's the strava heat map.

    https://www.strava.com/heatmap#8.00/....75506/hot/all

    With all the recent bear activity -I practically ran into one the other day, and there are a couple of reports of bears with cubs in our main system- I think I'm going for a road ride today. Need to bump up the mileage a bit before the end of the month anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    That looks sweet. You guys definitely seem to have more of that riding over by you which is cool. We have pretty damn flat, or straight up barely rideable unless it's July and been sunbaked and the snow is melted off kinda stuff. Not much in between.
    Have you ridden the W side of the Bridgers yet? North up to Maudlow, and/or connected over to Nixon Gulch down to the Gallatin River? That's a massive complex of rolling roads (with a few bigger climbs if you drop to the river). It's all dry and ready to go.

    I've never done it, but there's an unofficial race/group ride up there every year with a map that shows a small bit of the available riding: http://www.morganzo55.com/the-route/

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleenturneroverdrive View Post
    Have you ridden the W side of the Bridgers yet? North up to Maudlow, and/or connected over to Nixon Gulch down to the Gallatin River? That's a massive complex of rolling roads (with a few bigger climbs if you drop to the river). It's all dry and ready to go.

    I've never done it, but there's an unofficial race/group ride up there every year with a map that shows a small bit of the available riding: http://www.morganzo55.com/the-route/
    Nice. I have started exploring over that way. Almost made it to Maudlow a couple weeks back, but the road surface was really crappy (brand new gravel plus endless "waves" from duallys breaking loose....not breaking bumps) and I had somewhere to be so I had to bail. Thats top of my list though to head that way to the river.

  16. #491
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    This just in!

    Gonna have to sell my Slate over the winter and pick up a Topstone Carbon Lefty!

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    "If the road You followed brought you to this,of what use was the road"?

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  17. #492
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    Nice. I have started exploring over that way. Almost made it to Maudlow a couple weeks back, but the road surface was really crappy (brand new gravel plus endless "waves" from duallys breaking loose....not breaking bumps) and I had somewhere to be so I had to bail. Thats top of my list though to head that way to the river.
    That Gallatin River Ranch area is great. Lots of mini loops with short, intense climbs.

    If you’re ok with some road riding, going up and over Flathead Pass and then down Bridger Canyon is a killer loop too.
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  18. #493
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    This thread is killing it and making me lust over a gravel rig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toadman View Post
    Can you pump oil back into a well, like they do with pumping sea water into one? Might be a good idea to explore that option...
    It's a bit like putting a shit back in someone's colon.

  19. #494
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    Kathleen Turner with the killer recco for my ride today. Finally got in a nice big loop. Just under 70 miles.

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    Ditched the full frame bag for the Revelate Tangle half bag. I like drinking out of bottles and this bag still holds a ton of stuff. Highly recommend it.

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    Been putting in the miles lately

  21. #496
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    Anyone else do much bikepacking with a 1x wishing they had 2x?

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    Yes, and No... I'm on a 32x 11-46 now, will likely move down to a 30 for an upcoming tour. The reality is that I coast once I hit over 20 when bikepacking, that is my best spot for recovery.

    However, when I eventually do the Tour Divide Route, I'll have a 2x. Something in the 28/36 range up front, I'll want to make time if I get a tailwind and on the paved sections.

    Side note: I'll never run larger than the 46 on the back. I like the smaller jumps in a tighter cassette. I'd prefer to get back to the 11-42.

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  23. #498
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    Quote Originally Posted by ticketchecker View Post
    Anyone else do much bikepacking with a 1x wishing they had 2x?
    for racing yes

    for touring no.

    if you run smaller than 42 cassette yes


  24. #499
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    Local loop. Come up that road

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    Go down this road

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    Good stuff
    watch out for snakes

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