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IdealStandard

Member since Dec 2009 • Last active Sep 2022

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    36k of vert in 6 days is insane. I've done 55k of vert so far this year and it's felt like a lot and has included training for and completing a sky race.

    I had a great day running the Squamish 50k over here in BC on Sunday. It's a brilliant trail run with a little over 2100m vert in the route. I finished 10th male, in 6hrs 5 mins which I'm really chuffed with.

    But on the point of some people being built different, I was passed around halfway by the person that had won the 50miler the day before (there's a 50miler on the Saturday and 50k on the Sunday, and really mad people do both). It's just astonishing to me that someone that had run 50 miles the day before could run 50k over 15 minutes quicker than me!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    MTB Bum bags are a pretty good option if you want to keep weight off the bike, particularly ones with a bladder - frees up the frame for a full bag.

    I've had a bad time on the mountainbike with a backpack before because of the swing side to side, but I have trail running pack that works great. It's a BD Distance 8 which fits like a limpet and doesn't affect handling. all of their mountain running packs like the Blitz crossover pretty well for for activities like climbing and mountainbiking where you don't want to compromise mobility.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Yes to this statement, and enjoy your trip.

    I'm a big fan of a lowrider on the front. Coupled with a carradice on the back is a winner in my opinion for anything that isn't so rough that it'll rattle both to bits.

    It'll be good when the explosion of new options for bike luggage are just seen as part of a roster, and panniers are back on the menu again.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    What's the reasoning behind not having panniers on the rear of this? I know they're not on trend, but panniers would bring the weight a lot lower on the bike than a bag perched on top and make the ride much nicer.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    That looks like a pretty good option! I don't mind agricultural too much, and at that price I could pepper them all over the gaff.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Hey Jack!

    We're aiming to prioritise trips that utilise singletrack and take in a bunch of more technical trails along the way, so would want to keep the suspension on either way. Those Tailfin mounts look really well designed, I hadn't seen those!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Just had a memorable three day bikepacking trip on the Sunshine Coast in BC. I cobbled together bags by borrowing and hacking some bits and whilst it all worked, it wasn't quite perfect. We took bivvies and a tarp which worked pretty well, and in summer will probably be able to ditch the bivvies and just take a tarp.

    A dropper compatible seatpost bag would be good to replace this borrowed Apidura one, and the bottle on the underside of the downtube didn't really work as the nozzle got filled with mud.

    I'm considering a custom frame bag as there are some cheap local makers, and probably a food pouch, but still haven't figured out how to store water if that was the case. I'm also wondering about trying to strap some cages to the forks, but without mounts that could be a recipe for disaster. Would welcome suggestions and thoughts about options.

    It's amazing how different it feels to cover distance on trails as opposed to road or gravel, our longest day was 43k with 1300m elevation and it took almost 6 hours! The feeling of grinding up hills in the biggest ring on a laden mtb is so different to climbs on a heavy gravel bike, but the downhill trails are definitely a big reward for the effort.

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