CT'20: The Planning

‘Member way back when? When I had a bad idea of the weekend? Well, I’ve had many, but this one specifically, about bikepacking the Colorado Trail? Yes? Good. Because it’s finally happening.

Map of the CT
Graphic: http://www.coloradotrail.org/

I’ve been planning parts of this for near three years now and it’s about time to make the plans into reality. Oddly enough, I started drafting one of these posts in 2018 but it was delayed when a huge personal event completely flipped my life upside down. I then started writing it again in 2019, only to have to delay the event because of an inflammed patellar tendon, and now that it’s 2020, well, dammit! This is the year! I’m 100% set on biking this before my 30th birthday at the end of this coming July.


The CT itself is pretty well documented online, so I won’t get too far into it here. We’ll leave it at somewhere around 550 miles / 885km via bike and around 72,500ft / 22km of elevation gain, depending on who you ask and which routes or detours you take.

I’d originally planned on taking my 2012 Niner SIR9 for the trip and after replacing the drivetrain with a Shimano XT 1x11 I then sold it like a fool. I immediately regretted it and it bothered me for months after. I’ve since acquired a newer Niner SIR9 (~2015) which is nearly identical apart from the 12x142mm thru-axle.

The SIR, however, will not be the machine for this task. In an effort to re-use an expensive wheelset, I’ve opted to acquire a Chumba Sendero steel hardtail frame. This will be built with a 1x12 drivetrain and will serve bikepacking and general hardtail whippin’ duties. I’m quite excited about it. I’ll post original photos as I recieve the frame and build it up.

With all this said, expect some more posts about bikepacking as I plan some additional weekend shakedown runs to test out new gear and packing methods. I’m hoping to document and reference my findings here.

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