Bike Setup Part 2

Its getting closer to the ALORE ride and with that my next to finished bike setup.  I decided to install lay down bars on the bike because it gives me another option for hand positioning.  I added an extra storage bag for all the extra electronics I will be taking along.  I figure I have to take extra batteries, memory cards and digital camera, along with food and bike repair kits so there’s a lot there in a small foot print.  Last but not least I found two 32oz water bottles for the trip but to be honest there not working out as I planned.  The bottles squirt out onto my leg when I go over bumps.  So I might have to re-evaluate the bottle situation or enjoy the leg spitting.  Take a looks see and tell me what you think.


Randy sent me over what he had so far and I’m really impressed. I especially like the the upright water bottle hanger on the top tube. Good work Randy!!

5 comments on “Bike Setup Part 2

  1. Tony B
    June 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Looks like a great set-up!

    I use a “seat post” mounted rear rack and small bag on my Road Bike. It adds some weight, but I can fit a ton of stuff in it…might be something to consider.

    (I can email you pics if interested)

    RE the large water bottles – are there some reliable refill stations/options along your route?

    • Corey Foerster
      June 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      I also have the seat post rear rack and plan to use it if I can’t fit everything on the bike. I was hoping not to use it because of the weight reason. As for the water bottles, refilling will be tough on the trail, but there are a lot of small towns to fill up in. I figure you have to to last 30 miles or so before we can refill.

  2. Randy
    June 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I do have a handle bar mount bottle cage if anyone needs it.

    • Randy
      June 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      The top tube cage is fairly easy as it is zip tied tight with an piece of rubber against the frame to protect it. It has held solid the last few rides. The only concern is depending on your seat height your legs may rub against it. I can set ya up withone if needed.

  3. Corey Foerster
    June 7, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    As per “Soup” our man from Minnesota.

    Looking at the ALCORE site I noticed some questions/comments regarding hydration options. If you’re not going to wear a Camelback – this is a road ride – something like this ( could work great. You could also mount a “tri” style bottle holder with straw, etc. if you want to get really fancy.

    I’ve used my Profile Aquarack on a couple rides now with zero issues – you can reach and move around your empties easily while pedaling. Also, get some “good” bottles that are designed to keep things chilly like the oversized Camelback options. They cost a bit more but do work better and have superior valves to avoid you Pedro Norte’ing yourself and steed with precious fluids.

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