My Bike Setup for Cedar Cross and Dirty Kanza

Okay, so I just got done cleaning my bike up and getting it ready for tomorrow’s Cedar Cross (It’s TOMORROW!!!!).  If all goes well tomorrow, this will also be my bike setup for the Dirty Kanza 200 on June 2nd.  Here are the deets…

Frame: 2008 Specialized Tricross Singlecross.  Why am I riding a singlespeed?  Is it because I’m a badass?  Of course!  Actually, it’s because I can’t afford a cross bike with gears, and I got a great deal on this bike.  Gears would probably increase my odds of finishing both races, but I’m really starting to love this bike more and more every time I ride it.

Tires: Specialized Borough XC 700 x 45c

Bars: Salsa Bell Lap Drop Bars

Other: Stock wheels, stock chain, stock cranks, stock saddle (although I’d love to have a Brooks B-17 leather saddle), stock brakes, and stock pretty much anything else you can think of.

Storage: Revelate Designs Tangle Bag, Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag, Minoura Double Water Bottle Cage Holder, Backcountry Research Awesome Strap-Race

With this setup, I’ll be able to carry roughly 160 ounces of water, plenty of food, and all the necessary tools, tubes, patch kits, etc.  And the best part is, I won’t have to wear a hot, sweaty backpack.

Although I haven’t named this bike yet, here she is in all of her glory:

cylcocross bike setup for Dirty Kanza and Cedar Cross

After the Cedar Cross, I’ll let you know how it goes, and I’ll let you know if I decide to change anything.  But as of now, I think this rig will work just fine.

So, what are you going to be riding?

About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on May 5, 2012, in Cedar Cross, Dirty Kanza 200 Training, Gear, Upcoming Races and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I need to figure out how to get rid of my camelbak. Though it is a small one, it is on my back. I just need something to carry food (that my knees don’t hit when I crush it up the hill) and still be able to carry enough water.

    • I’ve never hit my knees on the Mountain Feedbag, and the Tangle Bag is low profile too. Bob is using the Jannd frame bag (two of them actually), and he seems to like them too. I think Nick carries the Jannd bags at Red Wheel Bike Shop.

  2. Luke- I have a b-17 sitting in my garage if you want to try it out. It has about 400miles into it, and is crazy comfortable. The geek in me just couldn’t handle the weight and your somewhat limited in positioning. I’ll bring it tomorrow.
    I’ll have my rig dressed for the DK tomorrow as well. I’m using the Jandd frame bag, and also a Planet Bike Snack Pack. Actually, there is a picture of my set up on my website at the bottom of the gallery…
    I’m only riding the first 60 tomorrow and cutting the course to get back tot he finish and help out, so my plan is to ride it all without refills on food or water.

    • Jim, I’d LOVE to try the saddle out. Although, it’s probably not a good idea to try a new saddle on a 100+ mile ride. But I’d still like to try it out on some of my training rides. Thanks!

      And your rig looks so ridiculously sweet, man!

  3. The different saddle helped, but it rubbed other places raw. No saddle sores, but I am not sure which is worse.

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