Specialized Epic Pro

Specialized Epic Pro
South Dakota Crazy - Specialized Epic Pro

Monday, November 19, 2018


2015 JayP's 200k Fat Pursuit winter ultra finish line.

Winter Layering

No matter if you’re training or racing, knowing how and why to layer is make or break situation. Here’s what works for me:

·         General layering guidelines

o   Test, Test, Test

o   Use what works best for you

o   Base layers should always wick moisture away and dry quickly

o   Colder weather minimize stops

o   Wool is king

·         Above 55º F

o   Base layer is minimal

§  Light weight wool socks

§  Craft cool mesh superlight tank

§  Bibs/Jersey

§  Full finger gloves

§  Skull cap

§  Regular cycling shoes

§  Sunglasses

·         40º F - 55º F

o   Above items

o   Knee warmers

o   Arm warmers

o   When closer to 40º F add wool jersey over top

o   Shoe covers/Toe covers

o   Heavier glove with light thermal layer

o   Add ear protection

·         20º F - 40º F

o   Above items

o   Heavier wools sock

o   Swap base layer to thermal and long sleeved

o   Swap knee warmers with light thermal bib tights

o   Swap skull cap with thermal skull cap

o   Add breathable jacket

o   Mittens when closer to 20º F

o   Swap shoe covers with thermal shoe cover

·         0º F - 20º F

o   Above items

o   Add balaclavas with thermal skull cap over and wool Buff

o   Add additional thermal layer between jacket and jersey.

o   Below 10º F swap regular shoe out for heavier winter boot like 45Nrth Wolvhammer

·         Below 0º F

o   Above items

o   Heaviest wool sock add vapor barrier and light sock combo below -10º F

o   Swap light thermal bib tights with heavier thermal tights

o   Below -10º F add additional layer under tights

o   Add pogies to bike handle bars

o   Additional face protection covering all skin

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2018 Divide Gear List

Tour Divide Gear

Specialized Epic FS – Pro build

·         Bike

o   Specialized Epic FS – Pro build
o   Fox Step Cast 32 front suspension with remote lockout   

o   SRAM XO Eagle, 12-speed, 32T Oval x 10-50t

o   Schmidt SON28 Hub Boost

o   kLite All-in-one prototype with top cap switch and Sinewave Reactor usb power

o   Two Salsa stainless steel water bottle cages

o   Maxxis IKON 29x2.1; Zero Flats; Never had to add air; Perfect

o   Specialized Phenom Expert, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
o  Additional bike photos - click

·         Gear

o   Front – Cockpit
§  Profile Design T2 Carbon aero bars
§  Profile Design UCM Aerobridge – Mounted eTrex and kLite
§  Garmin eTrex 30x GPS (w/ tracks, waypoints & maps)
§  Garmin eTrex bike mount
§  Garmin Edge 1000 GPS (Track daily stats-Miles/HR)
§  K-Edge TT Handlebar Mounts for Garmin/GoPro
§  Printed cue sheets with resupply distance/notes
§  GoPro Session 4
o   Front – Handlebars
§  Revelate Designs Sweetroll – Medium
·         Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket
·         Smartwool Hooded Pullover
·         Klymit Inertia X Frame sleeping pad
·         Klymit Pillow X
·         SOL Emergency Blanket
·         Montbell BREEZE DRY-TEC U.L. Sleeping Bag Cover
·         REI Igneo 19 Sleeping Bag
§  Revelate Designs Periphery Pocket
·         Passport
·         Phone
·         Wallet
·         Snacks
·         Sunglasses
·         Sunscreen
·         Off bug spray - REQUIRED
§  Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbags – 2
·         Store purchased Gatorade
·         Store purchased water bottle
·         Side webbing
o   Snickers bars
o   Other quick treats
o   Middle - Top tube
§  Revelate Designs Gas Tank
·         Aleve
·         Lip balm
·         Energy jelly beans
·         Several GU Roctane
·         Pen
·         Bear whistle
§  Revelate Designs Jerrycan
·         Multi tool
·         Inhaler
·         Night head lamp – Princeton Tec Axis
·         Chain lube – Tri Flow
·         Shop towels
o   Rear - Saddle
§  Rogue Panda Oracle – two tubes
§  Revelate Designs Vicacha
·         Spot GEN3 Tracker
·         Utility kit
o   MSR Triailshot water filter
o   Towel
o   Extra jersey
·         Tool kit
o   Extra derailleur hanger
o   Extra brake pads
o   Stan’s sealant
o   Wolf tooth master link pliers with two 12 speed master links
o   Quick ties
o   Gorilla tape
o   FiberFix Emergency Spoke Replacement Kit
o   Tube patch kit
o   Dynaplug RACER Bicycle Tire Repair Tool
o   Extra valve cores
o   Leatherman multi tool
o   Park Tool emergency tire boots
o   Park Tool TL-6.2 Steel Core Tire Lever
·         Med kit
o   Tooth brush
o   Tooth paste
o   Floss
o   Retainer
o   Allergy meds
o   Deodorate
·         Electronic kit
o   USB Plugin blocks
o   Extra usb cables
o   Lithium aaa/aa batteries
·         Thermal barrier gloves and socks
·         Rain kit - Montbell Versalite jacket/pants
·         DeFeet Men's Woolie Boolie socks
·         Defeet Wooleator “DO EPIC SHIT” Socks
·         CatEye Rapid 100 lumen rear blinky

Disclaimer:  This above list is what worked for me.  Please give ALL gear a test run before heading out on any EPIC adventures.


Friday, March 23, 2018



Saturday March 31st I will start a journey to reconnect with something that has left me questioning everything in my biking life.  Last years Tour Divide attempt did not go as planned, even though I had prepared for years to take a go at attempting the feat. Next Saturday I will rejoin the Divide route in Cuba, New Mexico for some early Spring training but also to reconnect and reflect on what is to come this June.  I will get to see parts of the course that I failed to get to last year adding to my confidence on this years attempt.  But I will also spend the week on the trail reconnecting to something that has been missing from me for months now.  My passion for dirt.  My love for a good adventure.  Tackling the unknown.  Clipping my feet into the pedals of my beautiful new bike and testing myself.  A simple journey!

Silly poem I wrote.  Turns out to be a heart when you center it.  Pretty cool I thought.

If you care to follow my expedition across the New Mexico Tour Divide route please click the link below:


Thanks to all you out there following and cheering for me.  I feel all the positive energy!

Your Friend,

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