pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
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My cheap Bikes Direct cross bike:
I upgraded the wheels, Hed Ardenne rims, chris king hubs, Psimet built.
Tires are Schwalbe Marathon plus 700x40mm. They were the widest tire I could fit, and they have protective belts under the tread and behind the sidewalls as well. I had no flats, and must have seen a 100 people with flats. Greatest risk is cutting a sidewall beyond being able to reboot it, and these tires greatly minimized that risk.
Gearing was 46/36 with an 11/28. If I had to do it again, I'd put a 34 inner ring on. Some of the climbs, while short, are very steep, and I'd liked to have had a lower gear, prticularly early in the race, when I was trying to go easy and not burn matches.
Frame bag was for extra gear, and a extra water bottle. You are out in the middle of friggin nowhere, so you have to carry everything you need between the 3 check points, so multiple tubes, patch kit, boot, pump, C02, tools, food, water, head light, tail light, rain jacket, phone, compass.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.