Kiwi Brevet 2015

ftfy :-/

Good call on the WTB tyres… just purchased!

One thing JICE warned me about was crazy NZ customs and how someone he rode with had to throw out his two week old/cleaned Hans Dampfs… Will keep these tyres brand new and setup tubeless when I arrive in NZ.

Yeah, pretty confident a dynamo is overkill now. Good to know.

Haha yeh, I meant per item.

I’ve got some of these you can try out/borrow/buy if you want Mick. You should checkout my Tarptent Contrail too. I read up way too much on tents, and as much as I’d like to just tarp it and/or cuben fibre it, this tent was cheap, and proven, and a tent, and light. Check this dude out for custom gear if you’re keen. Great bloke by all accounts. I’m friends with his girlfriend and she’s rad.

Now, this brevet. So Lauren and I have been planning to have time off next year for years now, and we’ve got it. Five weeks, starting at the end of January, and we’re going to NZ, riding South to North. That’s brevet time right? That kinda riding snot our schtick for this trip, but it’s a bit funny that we’ll both be doing similar things at the same time in the same place. Maybe I’ll be up for the 2016 version by then, but I reckon I’ll be on my own on that one.

Re: Tarptent contrail. I believe there is an Australia distributor for them.

I ordered mine directly from their website, paid for international shipping and it arrived two days later from someone in Australia… but yeah… super light & packable for the price.

That’ll be Franco. I think he’s in QLD and is Henry’s distributor here. The youtube stuff you find on them are usually made by him, and he’s active on the bushwalk forum. Buying through the Tarptent website is the only way to buy them officially, and you have to pay postage, but it’s usually already been sent to Australia and is waiting at Franco’s place for you to buy it.

(I need to get off here and go to bed…)

I’ll probably run aero bars or little barends on the inside ala Mike Hall tour divide 2014. I’m envious of his dialled cockpit setup. Tyre wise probably race kings or maybe an ikon up front so I can have a bit more fun on the ST while I’m in NZ.

I’d go terrapin, you can always put a smaller dry bag in there. Also means you can remove the bag and rummage through easily without having to readjust the straps or awkwardly reach in.

Go a quilt from Enlightened equipment. I’d get one if I didn’t have a sweet bag already, might get a summer quilt or make one out of an old bag at some point. Enlightened Equipment

I might go ccf for the mat, either that or a shortened big agnes aircore.

I wouldn’t want to be stuffing about with tubeless setups at the airport or even at a shop so close to the start, mount them tubeless here and just use them on the road to make sure they are holding air etc, don’t need to deflate tyres for the plane, well esp not MTB tyres at 30psi.

Yeah, true. I’ll see how it goes. Unsure whether my BO Gear Royd will be able to fit an XL 29er frame + inflated 29er tyres haha. I had no problem transporting my XL rando bike w/ rack + fenders though…
I’ll be getting there a few days earlier anyway so don’t mind setting up at the start.

Thanks! Looks decent

Also digging those mini bar end things… I don’t want to go full areo bar setup I think

My sleep system
Z-Packs Hexamid Solo, Therm-a-rest NeoAir and a Sea 2 Summit Spark II

Charging
SP Dynamo dual wired between a Sinewave Topcap and a K-Lite 800 lumen light with 30mins standby. Etrex 20 GPS. Spot Tracker.

Held with…
Variety of bikepacking bags, I have revelate, bike bag dude, bikepack.eu, cleaveland mountaineering and Alpkit ones…yeah, loads. I first started bikepacking in 2009…so accumulated more bags when technology improved.

Bike.
Either the ElMariachi or a Salsa Fargo. Not sure yet.

If weather good, dump the Hexamid Solo and use my BORAH GEAR Bivy…its a great peice of kit.

On that note, I can recommend New Zealand Weather Forecasts for tracking rainfall for 4 or 5 days, I have found it pretty accurate when working and doin’ stuff in the Sth Island.

Also, bugs aint really an issue in the Sth Island, if you wanna go superlight just take a ground sheet and a headnet, sandflies are an issue in the Nelson Lakes NP and on the WC (just don’t stop) but they go to bed too, very occasional spots with Mozzies.

Also, we are gonna have a pretty solid crew!

WCP, you and Lauren should try cross the course some point during your ride and we can have a missed connection in unzud.

Sandflies on the West Coast … I remember stopping at Lake Ianthe once and we couldn’t handle much more than 5 minutes (time it took to make a brew) before setting off. Utterly ferocious. Like black flies in Canada, Alaska, or so I am told.

As Mike says they’re pretty nasty in St Arnaud too.

Yeah, but at night they go to bed, I had no probs sleeping with no net in Nelson and in Maruia/Springs Junction -which is sandfly-y in the day.

Also, go to Fiordland for sandflies, like clouds.

Trying to keep everything covered for what turned out to be a very brief lunch stop during a tramp in the Nelson Lakes NP.

I’ve been reading ride reports and getting excited for it.
Should be a good crew, not sure we will all be going rhino speed, I like the idea of going as a loose group at the start and drafting having fun etc and splitting up if we end up wanting to ride faster/slower or get mechanicals.

Rhino, sounds like you’ve got a dialled gear set up and a lot of experience. Would be keen on going for a trip together when I’m down in Melbourne over summer.

If I feel really good I might shoot for 5ish days (220 ks a day). Anyone have their own estimates?

Geez, this is the most serious I’ve ever seen Sean… probs gonna win dude, take a relax.

Cool, I’ll organise another bikepacking race again soon as well.

I took my own advice and bought another pair of the Nano’s to have as a clean new set to put on just before I go.

Set the 1st pair up yesterday, setup tubeless very easily on my Blunt’s, need compressor but no leaks or hassles.