So seriously looking at equipment choices for Dirty Kanza. Guitar Ted and a couple others have me leaning towards bringing the mountain bike ....
And leaving the Cross bike at home. I'm always a minimalist when it comes to bike choices. What is the smallest tires and lightest bike I can make it on? However with my COMPLETE failure in all races so far this year and the obvious fact that I am not even going to finish in the same time zone as the winner I really need to make it this time. So here is my list:
Cross bike :
not so good in fresh gravel
I'm not as comfortable in fast descents
tires aren't as tough (flint hills anyone)
needs new tires
39x28 is the low gear
I'm good with 45 mph on the gravel with Disc brakes and 2.2" tires
Has new tires
I already have extra tires
22x34.....(it really is better than walking sometimes)
Weighs a TON
doesn't look as cool
So unless someone really influences me in the next week I think the Raleigh XXIX will be the bike of choice for the long ride. I will be investing in these though:
and borrowing a brooks seat from another bike for the event. I also will be shooting a very very short video at checkpoints and the end of my thoughts and maybe me throwing up after 16-18 hours of gravel so look for that in the days following the race.