The Zeitgeist bag is very big. When I commute to work I only use the Zeitgeist and Paloma bar bag. I can fit my entire change of clothing in the saddle bag alone, including shoes if they can be smashed down. Each side pocket is the perfect size for 1 tube in box plus a CO2. The quality of all Swift Industries bags are outstanding. I really mean that, some might see them as pricey but I have never owned a better bag. They just feel strong and well made (they arnt light but at the same time they dont feel too heavy). Depending on what you are doing or planning I would suggest going with the small Zeitgeist. The large really is made for touring. In comparison the small is about the perfect size for a 6 pack of beer (cans). I can fit 8 beers plus my tool roll in the large haha. I cant speak to the waterproof abilities, I havent been caught in anything more then a light drizzle. If you are curious about anything more specific ask away!
i love my swift bags.
i also love being in the same town and going on lovely adventures with that whole crew.
rad rove, love the powdah!
This was before we hit the mud... it felt a little like cyclocross yesterday.
Forrest will go almost anywhere, the gravel and soft roads we hit yesterday were not a problem but clay mud and grass are another thing altogether.
My friend said I should always pack my wheels with this to even things out between us.
Here's a couple early 90's Trek 750's I picked up with in a week of each other. I've been scouring local CL's for these for a long time...
first up is the 1993 it's a 19" and tick small for me but I love the paint.. Might keep it for my wife...
Untitled by Jeff Marco, on Flickr
Next up is the 1990 it's a 21" and pretty much spot on.
1990 trek750 by Jeff Marco, on Flickr
Both will get the drop bar treatment. I'm thinking Soma Highway one's... It's going to cost me a bit to get them to where I want them to be and I have a whole laundry list of parts I want to swap out...
After many rebuilds over 12 years, the Jamis is becoming my favorite all over again.
Here's my '95 Trek hybrid in its latest incarnation as a gravel grinder/dirt road cruiser. Nitto Noodle drop bars and Technomic stem, Ultegra 8-speed bar-end shifters, Deore LX drivetrain and hubs, Velocity Dyad rims, Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 700x35 tires, Brooks Flyer leather saddle, Tektro CR-720 cantilever brakes, MKS touring pedals and toeclips. Comfortable and reliable as can be.1399247964781.jpg
1986 Miyata 610 resurrected as a gravel/randonneur bike
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Just built up, want to ride it in stock trim for awhile before adding a rear rack and more pavement worthy tires. Saw dirt/gravel/rocks for the first time today. I have to say the bike is much more capable than I am in dealing with that terrain.
Have done a small amount of fire road/gravel road riding. Definitely need to figure out tire pressure, the super swans seem like they'd be okay in some wet stuff, luckily we just got rain today so tomorrow morning I'll go check it out
Still undecided on commuter tires. I think I want some high volume, fast rolling, relatively light slicks. Kojak, jack brown green tires, etc...
My newest fat tire / gravel bike.
Hasn't seen the dirt yet, but from the few rides I have done with it on the pavement so far I am smitten. My nicest bike by far. Long term plan is Campy and ~1500 gram wheels, but it rides beautifully as-is.
And here is her big brother...admittedly a purpose built cross racing bike, but it sees some gravel.
This is actually my second Straggler. the first one was sent back to Surly on Friday due to a frame alignment issue. just got this one built up. I had profile cranks and an Alfine wheel on it before. taking those off saved me about 6 pounds. now I'm trying to find buyers with zero luck.
But I'm stoked with the bike again, can't wait to slap some 105 on it.
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My disc trucker in it's current incarnation;
That Disc Trucker is awesome too!
My latest addition is a Santa Cruz Stigmata which replaces my beloved Cross Check. I can't believe how much I like this bike, stiff, light, super responsive, yet comfy. Ready for Almanzo and the daily commute.
I like all the different kinds of bikes people use for gravel grinding. I also like the way this brings cycling back to where it started. Cyclists pushed for good roads and now that cars have taken those over, cyclists get to enjoy the bad roads again.
I've used different bikes for fire roads but I'm getting ready to rebuild my 1993 Bridgestone XO-2 as a gravel grinder. It was more or less designed to be a gravel grinder even though no one used that word in 1993. It is a very sure footed bike though with road geometry, cantis, and 26 inch wheels. I have't quite decided on the final build but I'm leaning towards a lighter wheel set (I'm running a sun rhyno lite up front but it's pretty heavy), STIs or maybe the retroshifts, and probably a triple crank:IMG_0073.jpg
In reality I need something smaller, the main problem being that the tyres pick up bits of gravel and roll them into the inside of the steerer tube. The gravel cannot get past the front of the crown as it is much tighter, so it just rolls around inside there until I stop and go backwards...
Still, it looks pretty mean.
My framebuilding blog; http://pogwardbicycleindustries.blogspot.co.nz/
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.