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Big Mama gets the nod for CT

March 23, 2009

This week is dedicated to gear selection(s) for my August ride of the Colorado Trail.    My first gear choice goes to the bike.   I’ve made my decision, I plan to ride my Salsa Big Mama.

My 1st choice for Colorado Trail

Salsa Big Mama - My 1st choice for Colorado Trail

This was a hard decision for me considering I’ve spent the last year dreaming of adventuring on my Salsa Fargo.    In looking at the spec on the bike pictured above, I only plan to make a few changes.   First and foremost are the tires.   I won’t be riding Schwalbe tires.  I love them, but the side walls are just too thin.   I’m not going to commit to tires until I see what actually hits production by then because I have a sneaking suspicion that just the tire I want may come to life prior to the trip.   Other than that, I think this rig is ready to go.

I can't wait to see the trails of the CT

I can't wait to see the trails of the CT

Why did I choose the Big Mama?   I chose this bike for comfort and lessening the fatigue on my body.   Suspension also helps you when you are tired.   Yeah, it’s got just a more weight to be pedaling up, and in some cases pushing up, than my El Mariachi hard tail or my soft tail Dos Niner,  but I just can’t imagine a nicer bike to pedal in all conditions for 8-10 days straight.

I can't imagine not doing this on the CT!

I can't imagine not doing this on the CT!

In other news for the CT, I started mapping out days, possible distances, food stops, water stops & phone calls to my wife.   In my journal, I’ve just made it to Leadville.   Right now I’m imagining the big mountains, eating and filling up on food & water.

What’s in the glass tonight? – Colorado Singletrack Ale

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2009 6:19 pm

    Wow, that’s a testament to the Big Mama’s comfort. Good stuff.

  2. March 25, 2009 7:07 pm

    Yep, right there with ya’ brother… That’s the right choice. Even though it doesn’t have six bottle mounts, it’s got four inches where it counts and your back will thank you in Durango a thousand times for it.

  3. March 26, 2009 6:47 pm

    Jason, you really should talk to Kerkove about an Ergon pack I think they woudl be JUST the ticket.

  4. Gnat permalink*
    March 26, 2009 7:30 pm

    Jason, I rode an Ergon for almost a year. I like Jeff and I like the Ergon packs, but they are not for me and what I have in mind. It is a nice pack and the fit/function is really nice, but in my opinion it is the biggest small pack out there and I don’t like traveling with them. Mine also fell apart twice, once in Fruita with Mikesee. Thanks to zip ties I got home. It is now in the trash can.

    Now, in all fairness, I was riding a pre-production pack. I’m sure they have improved. I just didn’t want to have another go around and went a different direction.

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