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I've got a Mukluk 2 on order, expecting delivery at the end of October. in the mean time I'm trying to figure out must-have accessories to bolt on before receiving it, and here's my current list. I'd love to hear additions, criticisms, or anything else anyone might have to say about this:

- 1 or 2 King Cage Stainless Steel Cages (the standard, basic one).
- Ergon GP1 for twist shifters.
- 1x spare Surly Toob, thin version.

I live in Southeast Michigan and this bike will get most of its use in this area on our typically rolling single track and winter biking on whatever I can find that's accessible.

I've also considered getting a pair of Surly Black Floyd 120 TPI tires and maybe a [url="http://salsacycles.com/components/anything_cage/"Salsa Anything Cage[/url], but I'm not sure how useful these would be. I normally ride with a hydration pack and don't do any bike packing, so I'm not sure if the Anything Cage would be needed. I don't do much paved-only riding either, so I'm not sure if the Black Floyd would be useful yet. At ~$120/tire the price of a pair is a bit much to swallow for just-in-case.

Thanks for the ideas, everyone!
 

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Weather is probably a bit different in Michigan vs. Northern Alberta, but after the first ride I haven't had any use for water bottles - they freeze almost immediately. I took off the bottle cage after that.
The must have for my Fatback was Bar Mitts.
That and good lights...
 

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Weather is probably a bit different in Michigan vs. Northern Alberta, but after the first ride I haven't had any use for water bottles - they freeze almost immediately. I took off the bottle cage after that.
The must have for my Fatback was Bar Mitts.
That and good lights...
Good thought on the lights and mitts. I've actually got Trail's Edge Moose Mitts which I've used for a couple seasons now, and a good pair of Nite Rider lights, so that's sorted. I've found that bottles don't freeze for me until around an hour in at 15F, particularly if I have mixed up a nicely salty electrolyte drink to compliment the water in my hydration pack.

I was sort of wondering about the larger cage for carrying things like spare gloves, tube, etc? I'm finding myself trying to find uses for it, so I'm not sure it's needed.
 

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Frame bags seem to be popular for that type of thing, but I haven't taken the plunge on that yet. There appear to be numerous threads on the options.

I'm trying out some cold weather cycling boots this year as well.
 

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I was lucky enough to pick up some used (but in great shape) PI winter cycling boots/shoes last year, and so far they seem great. With the addition of chemical toe warmers I'm figuring they'd be good for all day rides.
 

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I don't think I'm any kind of an expert, but I know my regular summer MTB shoes with neoprene covers is not warm enough. Winter hiking boots were OK, but I don't like toe clips, so I'm going to try the Lake winter boots (MXZ302) 2-3 sizes above what I normally wear to leave room for multiple sock layers. We'll see how that goes.
 

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The lake boots work very well. I got mine a little big but 3 sizes might be overkill. Only issue I had is if there is deep powder, it can get inside the boots (the only time my feet got cold is when this happened). So depending on conditions, gaiters might be appropriate.
 

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The lake boots work very well. I got mine a little big but 3 sizes might be overkill. Only issue I had is if there is deep powder, it can get inside the boots (the only time my feet got cold is when this happened). So depending on conditions, gaiters might be appropriate.
Same thing here. Pair them with Defeet WoolieBoolies and chemical warmer packs (if needed) and you'll in pretty good shape for Michigan, I would think.
 
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