|Basically the DK200 rig with a new stem and bar.|
I spent a couple solid hours cleaning this bike on Sunday, getting all the grime off the wheels and frame. The drive train came through with flying colors since the DuMonde Tech lube worked so well. It actually was easy to clean up the entire crank, cogset, and chain since it shed the dirt so well. The free hub on the Chris King hub is noticeably draggy and louder now though, so I think it needs a good going through and that should be good to go for the event.
So, why take the Fat Fargo when you have all these "gravel bikes"? Yeah......there is that! Well, the thing is that, much like the Dirty Kanza 200, there are extenuating circumstances at play which sway me toward this bike. At the DK200, it was the chunky, rough course, rocky water crossings, and the typical flat tire issues you see with skinnier tires. Well, the mud, soft spots, and rocks that actually were the scene there ended up playing into my hand even more. Anyway, at Odin's there is a lot of potential for rutted out dirt, mud, or soft, blown out road surfaces where bigger tires with wider contact patches and some modicum of float will be superior to skinny tires. Much of the course can be "regular gravel", but with this year's wet Spring, and now early Summer out there, I'm betting on a bigger tire.
|I think the Cowchippers will be awesome.|
Tony, my traveling companion for the DK200, was in the shop and asked if I wanted to ride out with him to Odin's, so it appears we will be doing that big drive together. He asked about the bike choice, and when I told him it would be the Fat Fargo, he said, "You'd be crazy to take any other bike." It was a nice thing for him to say, and of course, it pretty much cemented my decision! Hey, I've taken a Fargo out both times I've done Odin's and I've not regretted that choice, albeit those both were on my Gen I Fargo.
There will be some changes with regard to frame bag/handle bar bag carrying capacity and type, but I have to dig a little deeper into that. The likelihood of having a very hot, dry Odin's is quite high, so unlike the wet, cool DK200, the gear choices will be different, and there is a drop bag option to think about as well. Stay tuned for more on my preparations for Odin's Revenge soon.......