...on the new arrival. Tour Divide, you say? :)
Would you prefer to go solo for that trip, or do you want an amigo?
I wonder how well I could get by on the Instinct...? Maybe not as perfectly suited as your new bike, but I have done long AR rides and the San Juan huts on the Spark, and the Instinct is much more comfortable. It wouldn't fit a frame bag very well, but a bunch of the other bag locations could probably work.
or for a trip that big, I would consider getting the right bike for it.
Well the bike does have a map on the down tube which shows how to get from Banff to Antelope Wells NM...
Tour Divide has crossed my mind though might start with some shorter routes first to see how my body responds. The High Rockies loop in 2 days that I mentiong... maybe a TT on the BC Epic 1000 route (Merritt to Fernie - alot on the KVR).
Company on trips is always appreciated (though if racing it would have to be solo - bikepacking race rules discourage riding together). Any bike will work. FS would still be more comfortable but a little less efficient. This bike is marketed for going fast and racing. My quick first impression of this bike is a jack of all trades - gravel grinder, cyclocross, road bike, easy singletrack... It certainly is optimized for bikepacking in terms of space and attachements. Can put a 100m front fork on it if i want.
I've got a few other trips in mind like the Colorado trail but that would be best done on a FS bike. The Instinct works fine for our Chilcotin bikepacking trips.
Those all sound good. I'll see if I have any time off ;)
Yes, High Rockies would be a great start.
Phew, I thought I'd have to be the one to open the conversation and explain that I don't want to have to wait for you on Tour Divide. Yes, I was planning to ride separately. No friends on race day(week) ;)
Looking at distance I think we could do High Rockies/Terrace/Skogan in a day. For a two day route maybe adding Elbow and Powderface would be good. I've got a good 350km gravel grinder route just west of Revelstoke - mix of pavement and logging roads.
Glad to hear that no hard feelings about the racing solo part...:) Seriously though bikepacking is a little weird that way. It seems if you show up for an event with a friend and plan to ride together (even if you are carrying all your own gear and not drafting together) it can be frowned upon. Even when Craig Stappler and Ollie rode together for days (unplanned) there was some grumbling from the purists on the forums.
Loud grumbling - you're right. Hmm, now I have to decide which one of you to cheer for.