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June 12, 2013

A little over a month remaining until I go crush myself in Colorado!  I've finally got most of my gear together - did my first of many practice rides today with my race setup:

   

           

                           

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Yep, I traded in the Mojo for a new bike - a Santa Cruz Highball.  The Mojo was simply not the right bike for these types of events - too complex, heavy, and prevented use of a frame bag because of the full suspension geometry.  I opted for the Highball because it's a hardtail 29er - much lighter and simpler, and I got a good deal on it.  I rode the crap out of that Mojo too, and it was starting to wear out, so it's nice having a new bike with new components so I know I'm less likely to have mechanical problems.  With the frame bag (custom made for my frame by Bedrock Bags in Durango - they turned it around in less than a week, pretty amazing), I don't need to use the handlebar bag, which really improves handling and balance.  I will probably strap a sleeping pad underneath the handlebars (not pictured here), but that weighs almost nothing.  The bags shown hold pretty much everything - sleeping bag, bivy, clothes, rain gear, tools, camera gear, batteries, maps, GPS - and I still have plenty of room for food.  I will also be wearing a pack with a 100oz bladder for water - I'll probably add a water bottle holder to the bike as well.

   

           

                           

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