Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bike run down for Odin's Revenge.

Yipsan 650b
First we'll start with the bike.  Renold Yip built this frame a few years back.  He graciously lent it to me.  I've been a huge fan of his work for a few years now.  I've been riding it for a few months now.  It's a great ride. Can't wait to start racing it.

Fox Seat bag
Revelate Design Bags
I decided to go with Revelate Design Bags.  I was really impressed with there quality and how well thought out there features were.  There also a sponsor of my upcoming gravel grinder, Odin's Revenge.  The frame bag is holding two liters of water, cell phone and rain jacket.  The Fox seat bag has always worked really well for me so I added it.  It's carrying a spare tube, pump, tire lever, co2 inflater, and chain links.

Cheapy feed bags
Double barrel feed bags


I like the look and idea of feedbags for a bike.  I think they will make good food storage, extra water bottle holder, trash, etc.  I'm not sure if I'll run both during the race or just one.  Cabela's had these in there water bottle section as holders for liter Nalgene bottles.  Super cheap and they seem like they will work great.  Time will tell if they hold up.

Cygolite Turbo
Retroshifters
Garmin Edge 705

 The rest of the cockpit looks like this.  Luxy Ragley dirt drop bars.  Got a great deal on them.  Neon green Salsa Bar tape.  Soft and cooshy for my sensitive hands.  Chinese bar end blinkers.  Nothing like standing out in the dark.  Garmin Edge 705 for navigation.  One of the best investments I've made.  Great for planing routes and tracking workouts.  Retroshift Shifters doing the shifting and braking.  I've always loved thumbie shifters so these were right up my ally.  My new Cygolite Turbo 330 lighting up the dark.  I have a set of older Cygolite headlights and there great.  Just heavy and really outdated.  This one's probably 1/8th of the weight of the old light with twice the power.

Maxxis Crossmark tires

SLX triple ring cranks

















After doing a lot of looking for the best gravel tire for a 650b bike I ended up with the Maxxis Crossmarks.  I got the 2.1 versions but they feel much wider then that.  More like 2.3's.  Nice center tread to keep things rolling on the dirt.  I removed the single chain ring cranks that the bike came with and added a few more options for gearing.  Might have been a mistake.  Only time will tell.

Brooks Saddle
Side load Bottle holder

















I recently added the Brooks saddle to the bike.  I really like it.  I'm on the fence about using it on such a long race but the thing is really comfortable.  My youngest son had the multi-mount bottle holder in his tool box.  I borrowed it.  It'll hold my Camelbak water bottle with Skratch mix in it.  

Ready to Race
Well here's Yipsan 650b 1.0.  I'm sure there will be some changes between now and Gravel Worlds.  We'll see how we do at Odin's and take little baby steps from there.
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