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Thread for the build for my fatbike/packrafting expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

I'll update as the build progresses. A few key bits:
  • 9:ZERO:7 135mm offset
  • Rohloff
  • Schmidt SON28
  • Large Marge XC

Frame choice in a nutshell: Rohloff and dynohub are required to accomplish the goals of the expedition. The Rohloff Speedhubs are only available in 135mm and the Schmidt hubs are only available in 100mm. I prefer the offset build to the various 170mm rear end options requiring adapters/spacers. I also love the standover height of the 9:ZERO:7 aluminum frames.

Oh, and... after living on a sailboat with a bike for about 3 years, I've experienced the accelerated rates of steel oxidization in marine environments firsthand. I'm disqualifying the Pugs and other steel frames for that reason.

Just snatched Step 1 off the truck...
 

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I'm really stoked to see how this progresses. The electrogenerator front hub, non offset, Rohloff rear end.. this oughta be super cool.
 

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Interesting trip. if no liquid or gas fuel for cooking your fuel plan for heating water/ food? I can't imagine the trip w/o hot beverages and only raw foods
 

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While these questions may all be interesting, I'll primarily be discussing the build in the context of mtbr sub-forum fat bikes.
 

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No hot drinks or cooked meals in between villages shouldn't be that much of a problem. I always had foods I didn't need to cook and water with or without drink mixes on my tours.
 

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Just curious what your timeline is for this trip, ie. when you are planning on being where, that sort of thing.
From the website:


In the last week of March 2012, I'm heading north to the Arctic Ocean on foot, fatbike, and packraft. The estimated duration of the expedition is 6-8 months, but may vary significantly due to ice, ocean, and ground conditions throughout.

Fatbikerafting the Arctic by Andrew Badenoch — Kickstarter
 

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Just trying to envision the trip a bit better that's all.
I'm with ya... was mainly dodging the food questions. As far as the bike use (very oversimplified), Spring will be road, gravel, ice/snow trails, and maybe frozen rivers/lakes (route has alternate options based on breakup). Summer will be tundra. Fall will be bushwacking in the southern half of Alaska and the Lost Coast.
 

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Oh you sound like the whole way is like the yakutat dump, I think the most we saw was like 10 one evening east of the Malaspinia :)
Those dump bears are like our menacing pets. Something about those bears on the other side of the bay, they have a grumpiness about them.
 
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