This is what I ride:
I built it up with my choice selections:
Rockshox Lyric 170mm travel 15mm axle air fork, Rockshox Monarch Debonair shock . Suspension tuned by DiazSuspensionDesign using his Runt thing in the fork which improves small bump compliance, a real improvement.
Praxxis bottom bracket and Girder 170mm cranks.
Industry 9 Torch hubs and spokes laced to IBIS 741 carbon rims.
Formula Cura brakes, bigger rotor on front & smaller rotor on back. Seem to stop me. Cura is their new brake which is more powerful than the T1 I used to use.
SRAM twisty shifter, chain, and derailleur and Shimano cluster. I am using Squirt chain lube. Now a 1X11 drive train and AbsoluteBlack oval chain ring 32T/30T which smooths out pedal stroke lessening / eliminating power pulses breaking rear wheel loose.
29.5″ Enve carbon handle bar and a very short stem way improves handling. Still using soft Ouray grips held on with hair spray and wire wrap.
Fizek saddle and Raceface Turbine seat dropper. The LEV and Reverb are kept as backups in the Jobox.
Now wearing Fiveten Freerider Pro shoes and pedaling Catalyst flat pedals. Retired 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. I switched to the Catalysts joining the Flat Pedal manifesto: bikejames.com
Tires are Maxxis Minnion DHF 2.5WT; running tubeless, @about 19 psi in rear and 18 up front. Using Stans sealant.
Helmet: Troy Lee A2 with Giro Montaro backup 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 520.
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 Source 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, I wear Smith glasses.