ADVENTURE BY BIKE®
Today I'll share my Mukluk bike setup from our recent Alaskan fatbike adventure. Kid will follow with his later this week.
As I mentioned in a previous post, both Mike and I were riding prototype Salsa Mukluk frames. We are excited to share our setups, but keep in mind these are true prototypes. Prototypes are used to test concepts. Our production bikes are quite different than the bikes you see here. Our website will be updated this week with all the details and spec of our Mukluk production bikes. Stay tuned for that!
I was riding a Mukluk Ti prototype. On it we were testing the functionality of our proven Alternator dropouts. The base geometry was no different than our current Mukluk. However, with the Alternators, you are able to run not only singlespeed, but more importantly you can fine tune both chainstay length and tire clearance. It works sweet and we chose to go to production with this design on our new Mukluk Ti. The production dropouts are just a bit more refined than the ones on my bike and the cable routing is different as well with production bikes getting all toptube mounted cables.
The rest of my gear is nothing out of the ordinary. This was a tour and frankly I carried quite a bit of stuff. We planned for temp ranges from 35-70 degrees and for rain. Key pieces of my kit include Revelate Designs seat bag, frame bag and Mountain Feed Bag (for my pocket camera), Salsa Minimalist rack with my sleeping kit in a high quality dry bag, my 20-year-old MSR XGK stove that burns everytime, and of course my camera gear. On this trip because the pace and the distances were comfortable, I chose to bring my DSLR with three lenses. I also brought my tripod. I carried all my camera gear and rain jacket in an Osprey Escapist 30 pack. Osprey gave me the pack for this trip when I was in Utah for Saddledrive and Dealer Camp. It's simply awesome, and for me, a great replacement to my old reliable Osprey 22 pack.
Of note, my bike setup includes only a rear brake. This is simply due to the fact that beach riding/touring doesn't really require the use of brakes at all. The speeds are so slow and the riding only gets technical if you want to take on some good rock sections when they present themselves. Plus, the environment is quite harsh on equipment and one way to lessen this is to have one less brake.
In the end, despite my setup being just a bit on the heavy side, I was super happy with my choices. If you have a specific gear question for me, ask in a comment and I will respond. Just keep in mind that I am out of the office this week attending the Eurobike tradeshow so my response won't be immediate.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.