So riding buddy Juicy Peach is in the long term planning stages of an Arrowhead attempt. He saw this picture and wanted to know how I had everything so compact. For my own info for next year and your curiosity I'll describe everything. I am too lazy to take pics of it all, so too bad for you.
First off, you are familiar with the bike. This 907 bike simply kicks butt, and it disappoints me I could not take full advantage of that at Arrowhead. I felt really strong right before hand and that feeling has finally started coming back. The 80mm rims are just as much meaty as they are light and zippy. Me likey.
The frame bag is a homemade number that I measured and cut and then my Mommy sewed up. The pogies are $20 jobs from Fleet Farm. I modified them by sewing the enclosure a little smaller and putting a screw through them and into the bar end plugs to keep them on better. You can't see so well in the picture, but a larger triangle handlebar pack sits on top of the bar/stem area. The seat bag was actually not used in the race.
Frame bag contents: -1 pint stove pot. Inside that was a homemade alcohol stove, matches, lighter, 6 ounces of fuel, and duct tape. -Another 6 ounce flask of alcohol -3000 calories of peanut butter stuffed in the bottom corner -Compact rain/wind pants stuffed in front corner -Compact rain/wind jacket -Outer mittens to go over wool gloves. -Thermal hoodie (very warm)
Handlebar bag: -Extra balaclava -Head Band -Tube -Multi Tool -Heat Packs -Light wool gloves -Warm hat
Inside the Pogies: -I think 3 or 4 bags of food. -Thick wool gloves -Flasks of gel (one that does not seem to freeze so far)
Compression bag strapped to the front of bars: -(-)20 degree down bag inside my bivy -Sleeping pad -Another thermal hoodie
I had riveted the fork to accept the Salsa anything cage, but I only used those bolt holes to hold a mini pump.
So I guess thanks for looking. Any questions for a guy fully experienced now at getting to the first checkpoint in the Arrowhead 135?
I was raised in the "hood", self-taught to survive on scraps of old inner tubes and changing bike tires with my teeth. Life is a struggle for me not to be another statistic that so many become after being raised in a caucasion middle class family. I now am a husband, bike mechanic, land lord, stay at home dad, and wannabe mountain bike racer.