This is what I ride:
Turner DW 5 Spot
I built it up with my choice selections:
Rockshox Revelation 150mm 20mm axle dual air fork, Rockshox Monarch RT-3 shock, both have been PUSHed. If you are of light weight custom tuning your suspension will make a GREAT BIG difference in how your bike handles. Google “PUSH Industries”, spend the $; it is way worth it.
Chris King hubs. Cane Creek Headset. XT bottom bracket after 7982 miles on King bottom bracket.
Stans no tubes rims ZTR Arch EX built by Gonzo @ Bike and Bean
Formula T1 brake, bigger rotor on front & RX model and smaller rotor on back. Seem to stop me.
SRAM drive train w/ twisty shifters. I am using Squirt chain lube.
28″ handle bar and a very short stem way improves handling.
Fizek saddle and KS LEV seat dropper, I “retired” the Reverb as its return speed was slowing down, the fix is a rebuild costing about $100.
Time ROC ATAC pedals (Had enough of Eggbeaters & Candys) Mud clearance is important as is no unexpected release. Liking the Times. Tried Shimano XT pedals for about 2 weeks, like the Times better.
Tires as of Sedona are Continental Trail King ll 2.2 black chilli compound hand made in Germany, $70 each, running tubeless, running about 25 psi.
Specialized shoes for the BG which helps my knees. The Specialized are rigid full shank shoes that are too stiff and slippery to hike a bike. Presently I am wearing Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elite that are more flexible and have great traction on the sandstone.
Helmet: Giro Feature as I am seeking better lower head coverage.
As of 4/8/11 a Wingnut Hydra pack.
Riding shorts are Zoic, Endura and Club Ride
I document each ride w/ a Garmin Edge 305. I down load the track into Nat Geo Topo for the states I have discs for.
Thanksgiving of 2007 I built up the original Spot. I no longer have any of the original parts.
This is what I drive and live in:
2006 Dodge Sprinter mid length high ceiling custom conversion:
I designed the conversion by measuring the inside of the van and laying out those dimensions on the floor & wall of a spare room in my former house. From there I engineered dimensions to maximize interior space. Primary goal was to have a fold down full size sleepable bed. All the pieces fit and my needs are met. The cabinets were made by buddy Don; neighbor Bill laid the tile on galley counter top, installed the cargo box, and helped me put it together plus his knowledge simplified some of my designs; Van Specialties in Lake Oswego, OR installed the propane and refrigerator; and Sportsmobile in Austin, TX installed a solar panel and 2nd camping battery and answered numerous emails during my conversion.
So far I am satisfied with design except several times I forgot the cutting board / counter extension was left up and I stepped up into hinge holding it up. I have several scars on my bald head.
This is what drivers behind me see:
And this is what I follow:
A raven skull on a turtle shell with a scarab and small hand sewn by Mom sock, an officer leading his men into battle on a hand made coaster by Theresa, a bobble head mtn biker with a raven feather, a squirting toad and a gecko astride it that I found roadside with a turkey feather.:
I am back on a 70 oz bladder in the Wingnut using a Dueter bladder: top opener w/ a strap to hang the bladder from inside top of pack to keep it in place. Pack carries low on my back, less weight on my broken collar bone
Also included are:
Topeak Alien ll multitool, tube patch kit w/ fresh glue, self sticking patches, a GOO, Clif bar, chain lube, LED flashlight, waterproof matches, pen, spare shoe cleat screw, whistle, toilet paper, plastic garbage bag, tube, multitool pocket knife (overkill but has pliers that multitool lacks), trail food of fig bars, nut mix and dried fruit, usually a trail map or guide, a camera in pack pocket, first aid kit, (my edge 305 has a compass), ( I wear at present a pair of Rudi glasses).
Front wheel: Chris King ISO QR 32 hole hub, DT Swiss XR 4.2d rim, all in black: $150