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Recommended Single Day Epic Ride Setup:

Preparing for epic rides:

  • First you need to have a level of physical fitness suitable for the ride.
  • You need to know where you are going and let someone else know as well. A Find Me SPOT is an excellent idea as well as a GPS (Garmin 705 or newer) with good batteries.
  • A light source.
  • Fire starter.
  • Your bike and equipment must be checked over thoroughly. Check all bolts, spokes, inspect tires for damage, inspect the bike for damage/cracks, shifting properly, and make sure tires have a Stans type sealant in them. Never take a bike out on an epic ride that has recently had work performed on it without a thorough test ride!
  • Check the weather and prepare for the worst but be reasonable. Carrying to much gear may cause you to bonk and have an unpleasant long ride.
  • Bring enough food and water for the longest reasonable ride scenario. Also bring water bottle(s) with an energy drink mix It may be advantageous to bring a water filter or Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets as well depending on the ride length. Check out Hammer Nutrition's recommended drink and food intake quantities. http://www.hammernutrition.com/downloads/fuelinghandbook.pdf
  • Make sure your gear is evenly distributed between you and your bike. I prefer to have it all on the bike and there are plenty of bike packs available. Important! Always test out your setup on a shorter ride before the epic!
  • Make sure everything is fastened adequately. Strap water bottles with Velcro straps and on particularly rough trails reinforce the connection with tape on any other items that could potentially break of like a large GPS bike computer.
  • I like to use some electrical tape on my pump to seal openings better from the elements. Tip: Folding the end of the tape over creates a quick way to remove it for use.

Extras to bring on epic rides

  • Tube(s) (Make sure it is protected, check the tube for leaks by filling it up before epic rides and periodically. If your seat pack design allows you to snug the contents tight to prevent movement that will save tubes from damage as well.)
  • Tool with tire spoons and chain tool (Know how to use these tools)
  • Small pliers
  • Tire patch
  • Tube patch kit
  • Duct tape (This has saved me a few times!)
  • Chain quick link (Make sure it is the correct match for your chain)
  • Zip ties
  • Extra Velcro straps on rides with a lot of gear
  • Cash
  • Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets
  • Air pump and Compressed air (A real pump is essential)
  • Extra spokes (You may have four different sizes of spokes on one bike. Check to make sure they are correct by comparing them to the ones already on the wheels)
  • A small assortment of screws:
    • Shoe Cleat bolt
    • Chain ring bolt (Single speeders)
    • Misc bolts (Check your bike for common bolts & lengths
    • Any other special bolts on your bike susceptible to loss and essential for the bike to function
  • Toilet paper

Geared Bikes:

  • Always pack an extra derailleur hanger (They are small, cheap and lightweight and make sure you have the tool to change it)
  • Extra derailleur cable (And know how to replace it). Inspect the cable before the epic ride. They typically fail at the point where they are clamped on the rear derailleur and this can be hard to spot.


This map and description is intended to be used in conjunction with a TOPO and not in place of it. There is no substitute for good route-finding skills, good judgment, a good TOPO map, a compass, a GPS and the ability to use them correctly. These trails can be confusing, trails and routes can change, and an accident can happen at anytime. A complete topo map is necessary to find a quick exit. The temperature falls dramatically at night and there can be dangerous animals around these trails. Bad weather can happen at anytime, and a rider should always be prepared for the worst. The estimated riding times, skill levels, and endurance levels can vary depending on the weather and trail condition. The descriptions are based on the trail conditions at the time of printing this map, but they can vary from year to year depending on the amount of weather, maintenance, slides, downed trees, and ATV use. The distances are based on GPS miles and may vary from bike computers. Every effort has gone into making this map accurate but there may be mistakes. Check the website for map and trail updates. Upon buying this map and reading this disclaimer you release and discharge me, my heirs and representatives from mistakes, getting lost or wrecking. Always wear a helmet, bring water and food, carry a patch kit, a pump, an extra tube, and tools.