|The titanium Mukluk set up and ready to go for Triple D this past weekend.|
- 2012 Salsa Cycles Titanium Mukluk w/Enabler steel fork
- Bontrager Race Lite crank- vintage early 00's. Uses a ISIS BB from FSA set up 2X with 22/32 rings. Fixation Mesa MP pedals
- 10 speed Deore XT DynaSys rear derailleur with clutch. (I ran it in the non-clutch position for the event.)
- 10 speed SRAM cassette. (The least expensive one with an aluminum carrier for the largest cogs) SRAM 10 speed chain with quick link.
- 10 speed DynaSys Rapid Fire right shifter
- SRAM X-9 Left shifter
- SRAM X-7 high direct mount front derailleur
- Avid Elixir 9 brakes 180 fr/r rotors
- FSA SLX stem and handle bar. Ergon BioKork grips
- Salsa Cycles Regulator titanium post w/Ergon SM-3 saddle
- Velocity Dually rims laced to Hope Fatsno hubs. Fatback Sterling tires set up tubeless at 15psi each.
- Velocity Bottle trap cages on the fork. Customized Salsa purple ano skewers.
- Modified SKS Grand MOM fender for the rear
- Three insulated 20 oz water bottles
- Extra head gear like a neck buff, hat, etc.
- Some extra Fizz tabs from Hammer Nutrition.
- A Trek tail light.
- Crank Brothers pump with gauge.
- An extra pair of wool socks
- A Surly fat bike tube
- A Bontrager 29"er tube
- A Blackburn Toolmanator 3
- A tire lever
- CO2 Inflators
|Velocity Dually wheels, Fatback Sterlings tubeless, and the Contigo stainless flask|
Of course, some of what I wore was a last minute, desperation purchase since I had forgotten most of my base layer stuff back at home. However; some of the choices hinged on the actual weather, so I took a lot of stuff that never got used. Here's a rundown of what I wore broken down by base layer, mid-layer, outer layer categories:
Base Layer: I wore Northface wool tights and long sleeved top. On the feet I wore a pair of calf length Smart Wool socks made for XC skiing.
Mid-layer: I wore a Twin Six Thermal Hoodie made from Merino wool.
Outer Layer: On the bottom I wore Bontrager tights of a cool weather weight, I would say. They definitely were lighter than what most folks would use. Up top I wore a soft shell Endura jacket. This jacket has a huge rear pocket that I stuffed food and extra gear into.
Hands and Feet: It was warmer than other Triple D races have been, so I wore a pair of mid-weight Keen Hiking boots on my feet that I treated pre-event with Brooks Proofide. I never got wet feet. Hands were covered at various times by either a pair of Smart wool liners in Merino wool or a pair of Answer mid-weight gloves. For much of the event I didn't even wear gloves!
Head: I wore a fleece cap of lighter weight I got from CIRREM one year and my Bell Super helmet. For eyewear I wore a pair of Oakley Radar Locks and at night I switched over to a pair of Tifosi clear lensed glasses for a bit.
Verdict: Everything worked really well. I had no issues with any of my gear or my bike, other than I was set up for different conditions with my wheel/tire choice. I ran what I had. If I had wheels and tires at my disposal to run, I would have opted for Rolling Darryls and a Bud/Lou combo, but I didn't have that luxury. I'm not sure it would have made a whole lot of difference anyway, and the heavier wheels/tires may actually have been a detriment in the end. I'll never know.
If the temperatures would have dumped at night, I may have gotten into trouble as I didn't have any extra tops and I sweat completely through everything I had on up top. I suppose I could have swapped outer layers, since I had that, but I was bare minimal with clothing, I thought. The SKS fender actually worked great and came in really handy in a few wet spots.
I think the Salsa seat post was a boon to comfort, but there is an issue with it I am going to have to work through. (More on that later) I think bar ends would have been wonderful, but I think this bike may see a different handle bar/controls set up soon.
Anyway, that's a wrap. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!