Where Would You Go? What Would You Carry?

08.28.2007 | 9:35 pm

Yesterday, I got a very, very cool box from Jeff Kerkove and the folks at Ergon. An Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack. Check it out:

And you know what’s even cooler? Jeff gave me another one to give away to a Fat Cyclist reader.

Before I explain how, though, first I want to make you drool over the pack a little bit.

CycloGeek’s Delight
The first thing I noticed about the BD1 is that it stands up by itself. That’s because it’s got a (very light) plastic frame for the back, shoulders, and hip belt. That, combined with the BD1’s major claim to fame — a ball joint that isolates the pack from jostling of your shoulders, reducing the jostling effect when you’re standing and climbing — keeps the pack off your back.

It took me exactly six seconds of wearing this pack to realize I would have killed to have this pack when riding the Kokopelli Trail Race a few months ago (and in fact, I did contact Jeff about getting one of these before the race, but they weren’t available yet).

But that’s only the most obvious of the features on this pack.

Every pack lets you adjust straps for your girth; the Ergon packs let you adjust the shoulder strap anchor up or down a couple inches, giving you a lot of fit customization ability.

There’s a built-in rain cover for the pack — just pull it out of its little pouch and stretch it over the main pack, keeping everything dry.

And of course there’s all the stuff you’d expect: a place for a camelbak bladder and everything you need to route the tube, lots of pockets and zippers, and a compression strap to keep everything snug.

It’s a very cool pack — you can tell the guys at Ergon did some serious thinking about what it’s like to ride a mountain bike all day (or for multiple days). I can’t wait to take this thing out on an epic ride.

Win One for Yourself
These packs just barely came out. They’re still very hard to get. And so I’m even more excited to give one away than I usually would be.

But this is a serious pack. I don’t want to just give it away to someone who’s not going to use it. So here’s how the contest works: Post a comment here telling me where you’d go riding with this pack, and what you’d put in it for your ride.

This Friday, I’ll choose a winner based on who I think has the most exciting, practical, frequent, or otherwise interesting plan for this pack.

And then I’ll hold you to it. I’ll expect a story from the winner, with pictures.

Good luck!


  1. Comment by debaser | 08.28.2007 | 9:51 pm

    Cool looking pack. I wonder if it’s better than my Deuter, which is eons better than my ratty old Camelback. I’m a bit of an overpacker, so big is good. Besides my dslr, a few tubes, a ton of water, reduntant tools and implements, I’ve always got a space blanket in there. You never know!

    I’d be honored to thrash it on some Colorado trails. Into September, I’ve got Buff Creek, the Monarch Crest, and at least another day at Winter Park planned. Yes!

    Screw it, I’m just excited to go ride again!

  2. Comment by Weean | 08.28.2007 | 11:15 pm

    That thing looks like Boba Fett should be wearing it (in a good way). I’d fill it with a Camelback bladder, some blasters and some spare tubes, & go swamp-rat hunting on Tatooine.

    I’m not 100% certain I can promise pictures of this.

  3. Comment by ming | 08.28.2007 | 11:55 pm

    I’d use it for a couple of things. self directed trail maintenance on your old stomping grounds of tolt macdonald state park. winter is coming and you know the first storm brings all that nasty blow down. i usually enter from the back from ames lake, sure would be great to have something to pack the tools ive come to use- small hatchet, collapsable shovel, 12 inch saw. then id use to on my commute downtown. 3rd avenue is closed to anything but busses and bikes and ive rubbed my messenger bag up against too many busses to feel comfortable. id put my exciting work clothes in it.

    nothing special, nothing epic, but ill pimp myself out for swag.

  4. Comment by Henrik | 08.29.2007 | 12:28 am

    Looks really cool.
    I don’t own a car so all my commuting to and from work (and everywhere else for that matter) is done by bike. All year round. In mostly pretty bad weather, i.e. it’s snowing and icy during winter and raining the rest of the year.
    Yep, welcome to the fantastic sunny part of the world known as Denmark.

    At the moment I’m using an old North Face backpack and while it keeps out the water it lacks proper compartments for a laptop, cellphone etc. And it lacks any ventilation so my back is kinda wet after my 10k commute.

    I would also accept a job offer in a warmer climate (anyone looking for an embedded developer :-)

  5. Comment by Jack | 08.29.2007 | 1:37 am

    As an acknowledged luggage junkie, this makes me drool. My palms are itching just looking at it. Love the colour scheme, too.

    Where I’d take it – a point-to-point session around the hillsides of Wellington. Along the Skyline Trail from near my house to Makara Peak mountain bike park – that’s a long section of technical ridgeline trail with incredible views that you can’t look at because you’re too busy watching where you’re going and trying not to be blown off the top of the ridge. And then you get to Makara Peak, and you hit kilometre after kilometre of lovingly hand-tended singletrack through New Zealand native bush. And then I’d pop down to my friends’ place by the park for a cuppa.

    What I’d take: a lot of emergency clothing, just in case (the Skyline Trail is highly exposed and bad weather can come in fast), some marmelade sandwiches (Graeme Obree set the world hour record on a couple of marmelade sarnies), and standard bike tool i-don’t-want-to-have-to-walk-home-after-a-flat-tyre guff. And a camera so I can show off our lovely local trails and beautiful views to you overseas lot and hopefully do my bit for the NZ tourist industry by making you all decide to come here for your next MTB holiday. You’ve seen Lord of the Rings? Imagine riding in it. That’s the kinda riding we got over here (standard disclaimers about less orcs and more bike shops apply).

  6. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 08.29.2007 | 1:41 am

    Until 10 minutes ago I was merely excited about the first week in November. Now I’m doing backflips.

    Since the first weekend of November is the boundary between end of semester exams and summer holidays, and the weekend after that is the track racing carnival made famous by “the ambulance ride”, my plan is to use the week in the middle to recreate “the prequel to the ambulance ride”.

    I was planning on roughing it with just a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and a credit card in a musset bag, but with my new Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack I’ll be able to pack a more comfortable ensemble of clothing and spare parts. And by the looks of the capacity of the bag, there may be room for a 4 poster bed. And a camera, of course.

  7. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 08.29.2007 | 1:43 am

    Well most of the time I would take it to work and bring it home again. It would have my lunch, change of clothes, digital camera (I always carry a camera – got hit by an Alpaca once and no pics – i’ll be ready next time) and if I can ever get through the red tape and it fits, a government issue lap top to use on dial up from home. No exciting mountain rides for me.
    Congrats to Ergon tho it will make somebody other than Fatty a very happy biker – looks like a first class piecec of CycleLuggage Engineering.

  8. Comment by Chrisb46 | 08.29.2007 | 2:31 am

    I’d take it on this Saturday’s classic ride in the UK Peak District, from Lady Bower reservoir over Cut Gate to Flouch Inn, and then back again. Haven’t done it in years butit’s a great all day epic, finishing at the Ladybower visitor centre, home of the best bacon and tomato baps in the world.

    What would I pack? Besides the usual pump, tubes and multi tool, spare brake pads are pretty much essential if you go anywhere near the Peak District grit, and a space blanket after a friend dislocated his elbow on the same ride years ago.

    And next year, it’d be perfect for the Trans Pyrennees race, which I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the chance.

  9. Comment by buckythedonkey | 08.29.2007 | 2:37 am

    If this arrived next week I’d ignore the No New Gear Rule and press it into immediate service on the South Downs Way, a 100 mile stretch of ancient highways along the chalk escarpment and rolling ridges of England’s South Downs.

    Depending on who you believe, the SDW features 10,000 or 13,000 feet of climbing (it certainly feels like the latter) made up of a series of climbs from the foot of the ridge (where rivers have cut through the chalk downs over the millennia) up to the rolling ridge-line itself. It’s wonderful because one minute you’re slaking your thirst beside a bubbling brook and the next your staring into the eyes of a glider pilot who is riding the updraughts along the ridge’s edge.

    If it doesn’t rain, that is.

    Will I be riding this on one day? Of course not – I am a Fat Cyclist.

    We use the stop-overs to take on all the important foodgroups. The beer foodgroup, for instance. After all, this area is the home of the fabulously isotonic Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter.

    As for my backpack, I’d stuff it with the usual kit: tools that I’d only need if I left them at home, a spare cleat (!), plentysix Clif Bars, as much gel as I can bare to swallow and absolutely no Margarita Shot Blocks. I might consider filling the bladder with 3 litres of my own blood so I can, er, optimise myself and shoot for that Day 2 stage win.

    Gah! That colour scheme will clash horridly with my pink jersey. They do a black one to, you know…

  10. Comment by cheapie | 08.29.2007 | 4:07 am

    hmmmm…..i’d first use the pack to make my wife’s face turn purple. i’d alleviate that condition by saying, Hey! fatty gave it to me!”

    then i’d use it for the normal trail riding here in michigan where i volunteer as a mountain bike patroller. but it’s first big trip would be on october 18 when i visit fruita. ahhh…fruita!

    looking forward to doing some trails i’ve only read about!

    the pack would also come in useful during the iceman race in november and then transition the pack into my ski patrol pack for the winter.

    what makes a winning entry? i’m hoping the fact that it will be used year round while doing volunteer work will get me the nod. yeah. i know. i’m volunteering to mtn bike and snowboard…but still! =)

  11. Comment by Turt99 | 08.29.2007 | 4:25 am

    I have just landed a new job, and with Job being much closer to my house I have big hopes of commuting by bike. I would load this backpack up with my work attire and camelpack blatter and head off to work each day.

    Also I’m hoping to get a trailer for my bike next year so I can take my currently 6 month old twins around for a few rides with dad, I could definitely put the backpack to good use with Snacks and Games to entertain the boys.

    And finally my bike is lime green so it would match perfectly :)

  12. Comment by Boz | 08.29.2007 | 4:30 am

    I would use to haul food and clothing to the disadvantaged and homeless. No, not really. I give to various charitable organizations to do that for me. Actually, I’d wear it Christmas Eve, filled with FC jerseys to give to all the good girls and boys.
    Seriously, I’d wear it all the time, since it appears to be the coolest and most functional back pack ever. I’d be the envy of BOTH my friends.


  13. Comment by Jill | 08.29.2007 | 4:55 am

    I would give it to my husband to use in his long adventure races. Like his crazy idea to do a 48 hour adventure races. So it would hold a bladder, food, random jacket, tool kit adventure.

    While he is doing these crazy things with the pack I will of course be back at the camp, hopefully somewhere warm reading books and being the good support crew/wife

  14. Comment by gian | 08.29.2007 | 5:11 am

    Im a team leader for the Hill country Bicycle Touring Clubs MS150 team. We are currently training for the Bike to the Beach MS150 wich runs from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, Texas. As the team leader for about 10 other riders I feel I need to be over prepaired to help compensate for the other riders, half of which started riding this year and most of which are 40+ years old. The first day is 90+ miles and heads over the tail end of the Texas hill country. The second day is 50ish miles into the headwinds coming off the Texas Gulf coast.

    What would I pack?
    20 GU expresso love gels
    10 Cliff bars (various flavors)
    10 packs Cliff Shot Blocks, (various non-margarita flavors)
    2 Tubes of Nuun electrolyte mix
    1 small bottle of Elite concentrated sea water
    4 tubes
    1 patch kit
    1 frame pump
    1 mini tool
    1 small bottle of Advil
    some bandages
    1 small flashlight
    1 spair FC pink lemonade jersey
    1 spair pair FC socks
    2 bottles of Fat Tire beer
    1 bottle opener
    1 digital camera

  15. Comment by turnonthejets | 08.29.2007 | 5:18 am

    I’d wear it everywhere I currently wear my old worn out Deuter AC21 that’s the best pack I’d every had….yet. I’ve been eying these for a replacement already! I can’t wear it commuting any longer as I now work from home but I’m still putting lots of use to the old vet. I think I could use it hiking as well. The range of motion would be useful climbing Gros Morne and other great trails here in Newfoundland. It’d also be the most northern gift you’ve given out. It’ll see many sunrises before the rest of the continent as we’re 1.5 hours ahead of EST. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, trail running, pub running, all great activities I’ll put this bag through. I’ve worn out a good many bags already, can this one hold up?

  16. Comment by torreyho | 08.29.2007 | 5:24 am

    I would use the pack for my next 100 miler, The Zuni 100 http://nmes.wordpress.com/7-zuni-100/
    My camelback is nice, but for Leadville was moving around way too much. It would also be nice to have a cooler back, because that matters.

    Then after I am done with the Zuni ride, I would use while cruising around the Navajo Reservation, where I live. The local guys and I have been trying to build up some trails and this pack would be great to carry tools.

  17. Comment by MAJ Mike | 08.29.2007 | 5:26 am

    I am clearly outmatched by the above posts and will most certainly have my feeble attempt here crushed by subsequent posters who are more creative and have greater cycling opportunities than I have.

    You see, I live in Virginia Beach, VA where one must drive a full hour to find some rollers and two or three to find real hills. I do my road biking between stoplights in the early mornings and on weekends. Mountain biking? Ah, I dream of mountain biking. The last real riding I got done in that regard was a couple of years ago in Maryland where my computer failed along with my ability to shift into climbing gears (and that ride was followed by a two hour jaunt on foot along a river looking for a lost officer candidate…but that’s another story).

    What would I fill it with? I would fill it with hope that after my current active duty tour with the Army, I would get into a job that didn’t require me to cross the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel to get to work, which would allow me to then stuff it with the requisite spare bike gear and work attire commuters must carry and then ride to work. That hope would have to fight for space, as the pack would arrive stuffed with an obligation to get out somewhere on the ill fitting mountain bike I have (I’m 5′7″ and it really belongs to my 5′11″ brother) and hurt myself on some trails. As the pack would then be stuffed with splints, bandages, Neorporin, and a GPS I would be prepared for the damage.

    I supposee I could also use it to fill with goats for those longer rides.

  18. Comment by Stumper | 08.29.2007 | 5:32 am

    I have been reading up on this blog for a few months now. Quite amazed at the stories and pics you have offered up. Great great stuff.
    I have heard of the backpack before and have been quite interested in getting one. I am a local to Utah as well and would have loved to have had something like that on the many epic rides.
    But right now, my sites and goals are set on one ride/race……La Ruta. I and a couple friends have signed up for the most punishing mountain bike race on the planet. 200 miles, 32,000 (yes thats 3 zeros) feet elevation gain, in 4 days, coast to coast in Costa Rica. This will be the most epic ride I will ever do. And I need the any and all help I can get to survive this death ride. THis backpack will be filled with everything I could possibly need to survive the rain, mud, asphault, jungle, python, spider monkey, and pain that I am sure to encounter on this epic of all epic rides. I am figuring I will need to pack everything including the kitchen sink for this ride. Of course there will be plenty of pictures to take to share with others of how absolutly crazy I am to attempt such a feat. Even looking at the first day…of 65 miles and 14,500 feet of elevation, through the mud and jungle, I will need every ounce of that bag. They may be carrying me home in that bag.
    La Ruta will be a chance of a lifetime…or the end of my lifetime, not sure which at this point.
    I am grateful for the opportunity to win such a cool prize. Thanks for everything.


  19. Comment by Big Boned | 08.29.2007 | 5:34 am

    I lived in Ogden, UT for about 6 years, I lived in Colorado Springs for about 5. I now live in Washington, DC. Imagine my longing for the mountains and the dismal conditions in which I now ride…
    Twice a year, I head to my beloved mountains of CO/UT to ride with old friends for a dose of reality to sustain myself. One day, when things are right, I will move back to spend my days.
    Several years ago, as I was nearing retirement from the Army, I planned to immediately move to UT once my service was over. Then, while skiing in Colorado, I met the woman who was to become my wife. Though she loves skiing in Colorado, her job at the Red Cross keeps her in DC. I got lucky enough to find someone that shares a love of the outdoors and cycling.
    That being said, she has never cycled in UT or Colorado. That is going to change in Mid-September, for as her 1st anniversary gift to me, we are headed to Moab. Yes, I’m a lucky bastard!
    If I were to be the winner of this pack, it’s first ride would be in Moab. The bag would contain a water bladder, sunscreen, multi-tool, magnesium fire-starter (you just never know), TWO rain jackets, a space blanket, various treats, a nice bottle of wine and anything else my lovely wife wants to me to carry for her. I’ll also pack a spare helmet and a portable operating room in case I see Kenny (just kidding – heal quick!). The ride will be Gemini Bridges (a classic introduction to Moab trails).
    Following this trip, it will become my commuter pack, my epic ride pack, and next spring, it’ll be my pack for MY single day Kokopelli Trial ride (just me and my best friend) the no support, better make it trip we’ve been talking about doing for years).
    On another note, my riding buddies (wife included) have been bugging me to get rid of the pack I currently use as no matter how much I wash it, the smell seems to have a “kill zone” of about 17.3 feet…
    Oh, and because I know you are reading these, see my note on the B7 final results page…

  20. Comment by Seth Gunderson | 08.29.2007 | 5:36 am

    I’d go wherever my two tires and my two skinny legs would allow me to go. As far as putting stuff in the bag, it looks as though I would/could put whatever those skinny legs would need. I know it’s a short statement, but it’s simple and it’s beautiful, just like the pack.

  21. Comment by andrew | 08.29.2007 | 6:01 am

    I’d rock this bad boy up in Missoula, MT. I’d fill it up with the standard gear of: multi took, tubes, hand pump, food and ride my ass up the trails to the top of our local ski resort Snowbowl. Then, I’d get out my set of disc golf discs, some Pabst Blue Ribbon, and maybe a fish taco from our local burrito stand. I’d play a round of disc golf, while drinking the PBR, and eating my taco. Finish it up with a ride down the trails, where I’ll have the biggest smile on my face.

  22. Comment by SyracuseStu | 08.29.2007 | 6:21 am

    I’d take it on all the plane rides to my in-laws in Atlanta, GA for the next year. I’d put an ipod, camera, appurentant electrical cords, coloring books, colored pencils, 4 diapers, a pack of wipee’s, cute infant girl’s tee shirt and yoga pants as an emergency change of clothes, stuffed elephant, stuffed caterpillar, empty infants vitamin bottle (the baby likes to chew on it), skittles…and a copy of Bicycling Magazine featuring the Pink Lemonade Jersey as a reminder that one day I may have the time to ride my bikes again. Possibly not the epic trip you had in mind, but you haven’t met my kids! Sitting still is not one of their strong suits!

  23. Comment by Tolbert | 08.29.2007 | 6:50 am

    I am pretty sure that this not the recomended use for this pack but I think I would take my 5 month old daughter in and take her for a ride. but my wife probably wouldn’t let that fly. so I would have put my daughter in the chariot and use the pack to carry all of her random stuff, like an extra diaper, bottle, formula and then the essentials like a small baggy of cherios to supplement the one that she has with her in the chariot and of course her stuffed alligator that she always wants with her but not really WITH her (because she likes to throw it out of the trailer). Hopefully there is still some room for an extra tube, pump and trail tool in the pack. once we were all loaded i think I would wait about a month until the leaves are just gettting awesome then I would take her to my favorite trail in the world, Ridge Trail 157 in American Fork Canyon. that would be a good day

  24. Comment by MTB W | 08.29.2007 | 6:54 am

    The pack would be perfect for my trips this fall. I am riding the Monarch Crest Trail in couple of weeks, early Oct hitting the Kokopelli Trail (taking 3-4 days, not 1 since I am not up to fatty-like fitness) and then a fall Moab trip in late Oct/early Nov. It would easily replace my camelback, which I have begun to dislike for various reasons.

    Of course, I could take pics of the Ergon in different places. In fact, the Ergon would be my new best buddy! It would hold my food, water, cold/wet gear, repair gear, all without leaking or complaining!

  25. Comment by msk | 08.29.2007 | 6:55 am

    this september i’m leaving my lovely, lovely wife and darling wee girl (now 19 months) for the first time, to do a scottish coast to coast mountain bike trip
    400km (250 miles)
    4000m of ascent (13,000 feet)
    this is a pleasant 7 day trip we have rashly decided to trunkate to an unpleasant 4 days
    fatty, kenny et al. would probably do it in 2 days or as a 24 hour race

    we are expecting identical twins in january and given that i will never be let out of the house ever again, the ferocious mrs. msk finally relented and gave me a special pass for this trip

    i am going with my little brother – a hedonistic, devil may care, misogynistic, batchelor in london, england, who has recently climbed mt. elbrus (5500m) in russia and completed ironman germany – we have grown apart since i got married and started a family, with little in common now – this trip will be a chance to rekindle our bond through the shared passion for suffering and mountain biking

    my best and oldest mate ever is also coming – together we have cycled in (and i must apologise – prepare to be jealous) scotland, wales, morocco, ethiopia, costa rica, chile, argentina, utah (moab and gooseberry mesa)
    we haven’t biked together in almost 4 years now (funny that’s about the same time i have been married) and i am looking forward to kicking his scrawny little arse
    unfortunately, he is an army pt instructor with a penchant for road racing, cross country running, ice climbing etc

    my “training” to date consists of a flat half hour commute to and from work

    thus in the bag i will carry

    2 units of packed red blood cells plus iv tubing
    new lungs / heart
    a sleek new pair of ripped, shaved, muscled legs
    a healthy disregard for my own personal safety
    oh, and a camera to take some stunning photos for the story for fatty

    failing that, as they ooh and aah over my new and shiny Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack i can sabotage their bikes

    and if by some quirk of fate i don’t get the bag – give it to stumper
    he can carry his testicles home in it after the ruta



  26. Comment by quadzilla | 08.29.2007 | 7:26 am

    I would be the envy of all the yellow, Dollar General bag carrying homeless people living under the bridge where I ride our version of an Epic trail (affectionately known as Little Iraq) here in Memphis. The Ergon pack would free up my top tube where I currently carry my pepper spray so that I could mount my M16 assault rifle, Rambo survival knife, and extra ammo (only needed on rides lasting 3 or more hours) for easy access.

    Seems there would be ample room for me to carry my bladder of Gatorade, energy bars, gummy bears, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bug spray, sun-block, flip-flops, FHPs (feminine hygiene products- sorry fellas), and the latest America’s Most Wanted posters so I could supplement my income by checking for fugitives along the trail. This would not be easy to do while riding at warp speed through the sleeping quarters, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!!

    If I were to Endo at that point in the trail known for baby head sized rocks, as well as ACTUAL baby’s heads– the Ergon’s lightweight frame would keep that chilled 40oz of Colt45 from breaking and I could still use it to bribe my way off the trail without unwanted bodily harm…..

  27. Comment by Kris | 08.29.2007 | 7:29 am

    Sweet pack! I use one pack for mountain biking and day hikes (well, I use a small CamelBak for the occasional race). So if I won the Ergon pack it would fill this slot. Aside from using it for short rides on the great local (Utah) trails – American Fork Canyon, Wasatch Crest, Millcreek, Park City, Payson Canyon, etc. – I plan to ride the White Rim in 1 day either this October or next Spring (maybe with the fabled RAWROD, if they’ll have me). I also have some min-epics on tap for this month and next: Mid Mountain Loop (this Saturday), Wasatch Crest / Mid Mountain Loop, Blackhawk, Timpanogos Perimeter, Moab and/or Fruita. I probably won’t be able to hit them all, but I’m going to try.

    What would I put in it? The usual bikes stuff: spare tube, multi-tool, pump, quick-links, etc. And stuff for me: food (gels, granola bars, gummy snacks for the kids), extra clothing (arm warmers, rain jacket), cell phone, GPS, car keys, first aid kit, etc. I try to go light, but I like having enough gear that I’m ready for most anything so I’m usually packed like a Clampett (http://timstvshowcase.com/beverly.jpg).

  28. Comment by Jay | 08.29.2007 | 7:43 am

    Because its so versitle both my wife and I would use it. Many times we can’t ride together since that leaves the kids at home alone. What would be in it? Well all the obvious stuff, like the water bladder, Clif Bars and GU. My tiny air pump, tools and spare tube. It would eliminate the need for my silly seat pack which rubs on my legs. HEck, no more little hunk of duck tape. I can take the whole roll!

    I’d also care a large first aid kit for myself or any other riders I’d encounter needing help. I used to carry one in a fanny pack, but it became too uncomfortable.

    The best thing in the totally cool Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack whould be my third graders Travel Bear. Its a project she has to send this little stuffed animal on trips and to have it record its adventures. The adventures are then shared with her classmates. More or less a Show-n-tell kind of thing. So this little guy would have a nice comfy seat on my shoulders as I pedal the Cheqwamegon 40 mountain bike race. Its the largest mass start mountain bike race in the nation. 2500 riders in Hayward, WI. What better way to show off a new product and a Fatcyclist Pink jersey all at once?

    I’ll probably need it to carry my butt home after the whoppin’ I get from the other riders. My racing skills are a bit weak, but hey its all about getting out and riding and having fun!

    The Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack looks so versitle I bet it would work great for canoe trips in the BWCA as well with a slight shift in content, but keep the duct tape.

  29. Comment by Carl | 08.29.2007 | 7:59 am

    With a backpack like that I will plan a mountainous ride on the surface of the moon next year. I expect it to be very challenging and a little bit frightening. The ride will consist of 100 miles, and 15,000 feet of climbing. There aren’t too many mountains, but plenty of craters to ride up and down. Needless to say, I will need to bring more than I do for the average ride here in CO, so I will need an exceptional backpack.

    For starters, I will need to carry some spare oxygen. I will also need water, astronaut food, a camera, headlamp (half the ride will be in the dark), extra batteries, ipod, satelite phone, extra jacket (I hear it gets cold at night), and the usual gamet of bike tools and spare parts. It is a really long walk home and it would completely spoil my trip if I had a flat or a mechanical that I wasn’t able to fix. I will not be riding with leg warmers, based on your prior post about their uselessness. On the other hand, arm warmers will be a must have. I dont expect the ride to be well marked, so I will probably need a small GPS navigator too.

    All in all, I expect a pack like the one you are giving away will be perfect for this type of ride. Extremely comfortable, easily accessible, and good looking. It would make for a really nice picture with a fat cyclist jersey and the Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack standing alone with my bike on the moon.

  30. Comment by Carl | 08.29.2007 | 7:59 am

    With a backpack like that I will plan a mountainous ride on the surface of the moon next year. I expect it to be very challenging and a little bit frightening. The ride will consist of 100 miles, and 15,000 feet of climbing. There aren’t too many mountains, but plenty of craters to ride up and down. Needless to say, I will need to bring more than I do for the average ride here in CO, so I will need an exceptional backpack.

    For starters, I will need to carry some spare oxygen. I will also need water, astronaut food, a camera, headlamp (half the ride will be in the dark), extra batteries, ipod, satelite phone, extra jacket (I hear it gets cold at night), and the usual gamet of bike tools and spare parts. It is a really long walk home and it would completely spoil my trip if I had a flat or a mechanical that I wasn’t able to fix. I will not be riding with leg warmers, based on your prior post about their uselessness. On the other hand, arm warmers will be a must have. I dont expect the ride to be well marked, so I will probably need a small GPS navigator too.

    All in all, I expect a pack like the one you are giving away will be perfect for this type of ride. Extremely comfortable, easily accessible, and good looking. It would make for a really nice picture with a fat cyclist jersey and the Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack standing alone with my bike on the moon.

  31. Comment by Al Maviva | 08.29.2007 | 8:37 am

    I’d use it to store extra guns and bike tools in, since both my gun safe and my bike tool box are crammed to overflowing. Mostly with guns and bike tools, but that’s a long story.

    The beauty of using the pack in this manner, is that if I needed to flee the area in a hurry in the wake of some disaster, all I’d have to do is fill the hydration pack, hop on my mountain bike, and head for the hills. I’d be totally prepared, totally comfortable, and utterly styling. Plus, with all my guns either locked up or in my pack, my wife couldn’t shoot me for leaving her and the offspring in the middle of a disaster area. She couldn’t disable the bike either, unless she did that ‘water in the inner tubes’ trick with one of the floor pumps.

    That’s both exciting, practical, *and* interesting. Sure, it’s not frequent use, but three out of four ain’t bad.

  32. Comment by sans auto | 08.29.2007 | 8:39 am

    Hey, I don’t have a car, that backpack would almost double my current trunk space. I’d be able to carry more stuff to and from school. Not exciting, but how many people buy cars based on carrying capacity? I need a bigger trunk.

  33. Comment by LanterneRouge | 08.29.2007 | 9:00 am

    I have no interest in this backpack. If you gave it to me I would not wear it. If I were to ride up Pike’s Peak you would not receive pictures of me at the summit not wearing this superior quality backpack. This backpack will never be filled by me with tubes and pumps and duct tape and water bladders and energy bars and ipods. And on the third day of a coastal bike ride from the Canadian border through Washington, Oregon and California to Mexico you will never know the astonishment of my riding companions at the capaciousness of this backpack and how the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats contained therein.

    So do not send me this backpack unless you can stand the disappointment of never knowing how I never intend to use it on the many wondrous bike adventures that I have no intention of experiencing.

    ps: with apologies to Monty Python.

  34. Comment by Cassie | 08.29.2007 | 9:07 am

    I would love to have this pack…why??? cause I need it the most! case and point…..I am a poor ass enlisted puke in the military (I am an E-5), I am stationed up here in the state of Alaska which even the military considers…OVERSEAS DUTY….(i.e NOT IN AMERICA)….I peddle my ass to work every day at dark ‘o’ thirty through the weather that is extreme as it gets…..take your pick….snow, rain, rain, rain…..rain……wind…holy shit…more rain….on my rides I get really thirsty, I have gone through my issued camelback already….it leaks…..which freezes to my ass on the ride in….if its cold enough…which you can usually bet on…..so yeah dude….I am in a your girl…..pick me to wn your pack! ;)
    Have a fabulous day/week! love your site! keeps the day movin’!

  35. Comment by mark | 08.29.2007 | 9:07 am

    My friend, Troy, and I have been kicking around the idea of doing the Trans Rockies challenge. If I win the pack, I hereby promise to end the “kicking around” stage and actually commit to doing the race. So the pack would be used for my various lengthy training rides to get ready as well as the race itself. But with fall coming and winter around the corner, it would see limited use mountain biking before I start cross-training on some backcountry ski trips.

    In the winter it would carry:
    Avalanche beacon
    Matisse & Jack’s Energy bars

    In the summer it would carry:
    Knee & elbow pads for the more aggressive trails (i.e. the kind of stuff Rocky rides in Fruita)
    More Matisse & Jack’s Energy bars
    Headlamp (I always carry a Petzl tikka in my camelbak)

    Of course I want to win, and I want to believe that my stories would be the coolest. But I’ve got to say that doing La Ruta is pretty awesome as well. I also commend anyone who doesn’t own a car or voluntarily carries tools to do trail maintenance. So I’ll be happy for any deserving winner who puts that pack to good use. I’d just hate to see it sit in a closet with mold growing in the bladder.

  36. Comment by Dopey | 08.29.2007 | 9:26 am

    The idea of this pack fills me with excitement and intrigue. It’s ergonomic straps, stunning looks, and built in rain cover (how sick is that?!) scream to be used by a struggling graduate student. Where would this pack go? What adventure could it see? The possibilities are near limitless. Each day I would awaken to the excitement of class knowing I could sport such a piece of art on my back. I would be even more excited to not have a profusely sweaty back from the scorching Oklahoma sun by the time I reach my destination. The pack would be subjected to all sorts of weather conditions to test its might. 103 degree days, 3 degree days, ice storms, hail, lightening, snow, and torrential downpours. The built in rain protection will see me through it (and keep my thesis proposal from becoming unintelligible because the rain washed out the ink). The secure straps would help me stay upright as I try to dodge the crowds of oblivious college freshmen that have no idea that “On your left”, “On your right”, or “Frickin’ Bike behind you!” means get out of my way. Yes, as I maintain an upright position by doing a maneuver somewhere between a track stand and rolling at 1.6 mph (not so easy in a crowd of people) the straps would hug me, telling me “Hey, I won’t roll off to the side and cause you to fall like your other pack, I know you man.” The pack would dodge pedestrians, and hordes of speeding steel as students escape the classroom for the bar so they can forget about the D they made because they were out all night at the bar in the first place. This pack would be loved. This pack makes me want to drop my road bike, rip the fender’s off my Kona mtn bike (the commuter weapon of choice), and climb a damn dirt hill like a king!

  37. Comment by hades | 08.29.2007 | 9:36 am

    A friend of mine and I are planning the Mahh Daah Hey and/or the centennial trail in the beginning of the riding season next year – this pack would be ideal for the all day nature of the effort(s). Until then it would be broken in on the local single track (the “Poto” near Ann Arbor Michigan) and on my daily commute, since my messenger bag has become hopelessly passe and slips around whenever I try to ride off-road with it on the fixed cross bike…

  38. Comment by Haole | 08.29.2007 | 10:01 am

    Give it to my son, who wants to ride his bike to school. He doesn’t want to use a messenger bag to put his books, homework, school supplies … etc., in. Therefore, this pack would be ideal.

  39. Comment by Clydesteve | 08.29.2007 | 10:05 am

    1. First thing I would use it for is to carry raingear and warmer clothing on my LIVESTRONG Challenge 100-mile ride September 30th. It would far surpass the alternative, which is a luggage rack with commuter trunk – on a group ride, a rack ? Ugggh. My hopes are to leave all Pink Lemonade gear fully exposed.


    2. I would pack an HTI Expedition combination water bladder and 99.9999% pure osmotic filter http://www.htiwater.com/high/expedition.html on a MTB excursion in Central Oregon. I often have to rely on the kind-of clean Deschutes River for water on the return journey. I would also include emergency clothes, extra tubes, extra CO2 cartridges, a small digital camera to provide luxurious views of the Deschutes, the Three Sisters mountains, and interesting re lava buttes; and above, all plentysix Lemon Zest Luna bars and cream cheese and smoked salmon panini. (I really like the flavor and texture of the Lemon Zest Luna bars, but as a man, I have serious misgivings about a “Women’s Bar”. – Do they put something them that would enlarge man boobs???? – So far so good – three cases this summer, and man boobs have been shrinking along with waist. YMMV.)

    3. This winter, it would be filled with lunch and clothing of a long distance commuter. It will be the first winter where all the kids have transpotation to school that does not involve me leaving the bike at home and driving them 2 to 5 times a week.

  40. Comment by Clydesteve | 08.29.2007 | 10:14 am

    Oh, I forgot one item in #2. A snake bite kit. An excellent item in Central Oregon high desert.

    and, the interesting lava buttes are red, not re.

    and, in #3, I provide transportation for my kids, not pot.

  41. Comment by Anthony | 08.29.2007 | 10:19 am

    Hey Fatty,

    Ooooh pick me pick me pick me!

    OK, now that’s out of my system, I would love to try out that pack. I have two long rides planned (on a rigid singlespeed, natch) for this fall before the snow flies up here North of 60:

    1. The 100 km section of the historic Dawson Overland Trail between Whitehorse and Braeburn Lodge, Yukon, where I’d be following the route used by gold miners and others making their way to the Klondike.

    2. The 70 km Dena Cho Trail, an ancient First Nations route, later used by prospectors, that connects Faro and Ross River. I don’t know of anyone else who has mountain biked this trail yet, although I am sure it has been done.

    On both trails, once you leave the trailhead you’re 100% on your own in the bush. There are no bail-out points and no chances of seeing anyone are minimal, except maybe an occasional hunter or trapper. Needless to say no cell phone coverage either!

    I’d need to be carrying survival gear, warm clothes (in September rain, snow, and temperatures from -20 to +25 C are all possible, possibly even in the same day:) ), tools and mechanical spares, bear spray, and enough food and water for an all-day trip that could easily turn into several days if something goes badly wrong.

    I should mention that I hate wearing backpacks when I ride. It could be because I am 6′6″ with a long torso and broad shoulders. If this thing can fit me well, and be comfortable on a long ride through the bush, I’ll be floored!

    If this pack is as comfortable and tough as it looks, through the winter I’ll continue to use it for commuting and backcountry trails, both on bike and cross-country skis.

  42. Comment by Regina | 08.29.2007 | 10:25 am

    If I won it, you can bet you’d see me wearing it at a WORS race. I’d fill it with my camelbak bladder and some seat pack goodies to mend the bike if I need to. I might even toss in a sandwich, in case I get hungry. Maybe even a beer…okay not for the race, but when I do a beer ride with my friends, it would hold the beer.

  43. Comment by Craig | 08.29.2007 | 10:56 am

    I’d put it in my rotation of 6 different hydration packs and probably use it 3-4 times a year on EPIC style MTB rides.

    I’d carry food, water and my cellphone.

    The other 361 days it would sit in my basement collecting mold and/or mildew.

  44. Comment by tigermouth | 08.29.2007 | 11:06 am

    Some guys from work are planning a field trip to the Magic Kingdom in October. Not Disney’s but Vermont’s. Check out http://www.kingdomtrails.org/ to see what the trails are like. It will be an Epic ride, with lots of varying terrain. I want to go up for the weekend and camp in the woods.

    Here’s what I would put in my Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack (http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/backpacks/bd1.html):

    * my Hennessey Hammock (http://www.hennessyhammock.com/)
    * a sleeping bag
    * tool kit
    * first aid kit
    * food
    * iodine tablets

  45. Comment by poweredbywaffles | 08.29.2007 | 11:06 am

    id use it when my friends and i do our annual ride across a portion of the southern sierra nevadas next month. three days of singletrack. heres a site that covers part of the ride: http://www.mountainbikebill.com/CannellPlunge.htm

    what would i stick in the pack? toilet paper.

  46. Comment by Jen | 08.29.2007 | 11:26 am

    In a month I’m going to Hawaii (hmmm, you say, anyone going to Hawaii does not need cool toys … but hold your horses). I am going with my best friend who is named Susan (but that’s just at work, usually she’s just Susie). She has been struggling with breast cancer which came back in her liver and then her brain, and now back in her brain again. :-( She doesn’t have a lot of energy, but I’d put a lunch, sunscreen, her stuff and my stuff in it and go on a hike, lots of times I hope, nice short hikes to see pretty things. I’d take our picture with Hawaii in the background with me wearing my pink jersey (thanks for the perfect customization on that). I’d take it mt biking in Hawaii, but not with Susie, I don’t think she’d be up for that right now. However, I’d be styling in the right jersey, you know.

    When I get back home it would go on all my rides but probably not the races. I really need a bigger everyday pack and I could use my smaller one for races. My bike frame is too small for a bottle cage, so I always wear a camelbak. It would carry the med kit for the Monday women’s rides I help lead, and the extra food and water I carry for folks, just in case someone gets in trouble. Plus all the usual stuff like tubes, pump, air, extra parts, small armor bits in case I get that chicken feeling, and my small rubber chicken (yet another story). Yes, even margarita bloks. Those work well here in sweaty Texas which is why that off the back pack looks super awesome cool.

    I haven’t worked my way up to epics yet … I hope to some day. Right now 2.5 hours is my longest mtb ride. However, going to Hawaii is pretty epic in my mind, even if the struggle is more emotional than physical. Although I do plan to ride a road bike up that whoop ass volcano — 10K feet of continuous climbing over 35 miles which will probably be around 6-7 hours. The weight of the pack would be a factor on whether I’d take it on that ride. It would be great to hold all the warm stuff I need at higher elevations.

  47. Comment by Sk8rAl | 08.29.2007 | 11:30 am

    Given my last 12 months, I’d say I’d have to keep my pack well stocked with band aids, gauze, wet-wipes, ace bandage, tourniquet, and my new wrist splint. I’m kind of a “Lite” version of Kenny these days. This summer I managed to go to the hospital twice with biking related injuries – one bad scrape (elbow) and one broken bone (wrist) that required surgery. To get all the details and a few gross pictures, check it out:

    I’m not a hard core mountain biker, so I don’t have any crazy trails to tell you about, other than I’d throw my bladder in when riding Wisconsin’s southern Kettles and Levis Trow.

    But I am a hard core commuter – right into downtown Milwaukee – and given Milwaukee’s paving conditions, it’s some of the more technical riding you can do in Wisconsin. :) So, in addition to all the first aid stuff, I’d also have my work clothes in there, along with all the standard “just in case” stuff like lights and tubes.

    Plus, that pack would look awesome with my Pink Lemonade jersey!

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  49. Comment by Ian | 08.29.2007 | 11:58 am

    I am moved to write, I need this pack! I would not take it to exotic foreign lands (unless Canada counts.) I would not carry children in it or feed armies from it (although I would feed my own children from it.) I would use it on my regular rides from home on technical singletrack and on big freeride descents around Rossland. I would take on our epic 7 summits trail. I would use it almost daily summer and winter for riding and ski touring. I would use it and appreciate it. What more could a pack ask for?

  50. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 08.29.2007 | 12:52 pm

    I forgot the most important part of the contest… After I’ve broken it in with an epic 400 miles in 4 days, the Egron could come home to enjoy all the comforts of suburbia and, in semi-retirement, it would then serve marvellously for conveying all of my junk to and from university.

  51. Comment by Bob | 08.29.2007 | 1:17 pm

    For doing my Ride Around Lake Washington (RALW) this winter, I need a backpack. The RALW (pronounced “ralwa”) is a 45-mile ride with over 200 feet of climbing, so I’ll need supplies. Specifically, I need a backpack that can carry four Kentucky Fried Chicken boxes. I’m not talking about the impractical bucket, which contains the protein I need but is too large for a bike ride. No. I just want four of the boxes that have three pieces of fried chicken, cole slaw, mashed imitation potatoes and gravy, and accessories that include but are not limited to a wet nap, a paper napkin, and a spork.

    I know what you’re thinking — why don’t I just use a bungee cord system to attach the four boxes of KFC food to a skateboard, and then drag the skateboard behind my bike? Did I mention that the RALW contains more than 200 feet of climbing? It’s just not practical to drag a skateboard up hills like that. My legs would become so fatigued that I would likely need a fifth box of KFC chicken. No, what I need is a backpack. An Ergon BD1 Team Edition backpack. Thank you in advance for sending me this package via Airborne Express within the week.

  52. Comment by axel | 08.29.2007 | 1:27 pm

    I’d actually do the Austin MTB death ride I have been discussing with friends, connecting 4 great MTB trails (city park, slinky, sw parkway, barton creek). That would be an all day affair, requiring good nutrition and lots of protein.

    And since the meat goat capital of america is not that far away (goldthwaite, mills county, texas about 110 miles north of here), I’d carry the most delicious pieces of a goat, to avoid the bonk. No margarita flavored shot blocks here.

  53. Comment by UtRider | 08.29.2007 | 1:34 pm

    I’d fill the bladder with milk and toss a peanut butter & jelly sandwich in the pack and send my 2nd grader to school in style! My daughter wants to know if it comes in pink…

  54. Comment by IndoorRolyPoly | 08.29.2007 | 1:49 pm

    Longer one way day rides (better then 100+ miles)! It seems that all I’ve had in me is 80 mile rides and they are usually one way. (I tend to like one way rides)

    what would i stow in it…. regular shorts, shirt, and flip flops so I could change into dry cloths and not get my swass on my buddies car seats as they give me a ride home.

  55. Comment by Bruce | 08.29.2007 | 1:49 pm

    I would take it on the very first ride of the fixed gear eddy merckx corsa extra slx road bike I am building, and pack it full of medical supplies. Enabling me to treat all of the injured people both mentally and physically I would encounter crushed with envy or whatever other type of disastrous side effect they may be suffering from due to not being given this great if not life changing back pack.

    While it would get their goat it still couldn’t hold the BBQ pit for which to cook it. So at the end of my ride I would have a goat BBQ
    and at least let them look at it close up. While Breaux Bridge, La. is famous for crawfish, Ali Landry, Jake Delhomme, Dominic (Davis) Williams, just to name a few, all would kneel at my feet with this great backpack on. So that is why I should be elected great backpack wearer of the South!

  56. Comment by Chris | 08.29.2007 | 1:51 pm

    My wife and I have been living in South Africa for 2 years and are moving back to the States in January. We will be moving to Prescott, AZ to work with a camp that works with teenage students through the year. One of the ways we teach the teens is by mountain biking in the beautiful mountains of central Arizona. So for me it would be my briefcase. It would hold all the essentials for a ride with inexperienced riders. Tubes, Gels, First Aid, Tools, Candy Bars, Toilet Paper, etc…

    Plus, moving around the world is expensive, especially shipping our 2 great danes with us, so my bike will be my car, so I would probably have it on most of the day. And its way cooler that my crappy bag I bike with now, ugh, I need a new bag.


  57. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 08.29.2007 | 2:34 pm

    Very nice looking pack !
    Firstly, I either ride my bicycle or my motorbike to work everyday and that pack would be great for lugging my laptop to and from work.
    Secondly, I’ve raced a few MTB races over the years but nothing more than 1 to 2 hours. I’ve been tempted to enter a new 100km race that will be held next April http://www.maxadventure.com.au/dirtworksclassic/default.htm The pack would be ideal for carrying some food, drink, jacket, tubes etc.

  58. Comment by Wonderdyke | 08.29.2007 | 2:41 pm

    My plan for this bag is simple: My ICU is sponsoring a 50-mile ride to raise funds for one of our nurses who is battling breast cancer. As such, my pack would include the following:

    my Camelbak bladder

    the letter written to me by this nurse about what this ride means to her


    some form of sustenance – yet to be determined

    first aid supplies

    my camera, of course!

    spare tubes

    patch kit

    mini tool

    an ICU t-shirt we’re all going to sign at the end of the ride

    a whole lot of hope

  59. Comment by mark | 08.29.2007 | 2:55 pm

    I shall ride a perimeter loop of the lower 48, then up to Alaska, then I’ll cross over to Russia and ride down to the Kamchatka peninsula, then through China to Mongolia and over the high mountain passes of Pakistan, then up to Finland and down across Europe to Portugal, around the Mediterranean Sea and then south down to the Cape of Good Hope. From there I’ll take a boat to Chile, make a brief side trip to Antarctica, then north through South America and Mexico back home.

    I shall carry a pup tent, a spare inner tube, a small camera and a poncho.

  60. Comment by Lins - Aust | 08.29.2007 | 2:56 pm

    As I ride during the day it means that I ride by myself in some isolated places therefore I have to take alot of “just in case gear”. A pack like this sounds as though it has plenty of room for all of my bits and pieces and will do so without killing my neck, shoulders and back.

    PS Had a win in the Pink Fat Cyclist jersey last Sunday. All those riders and I didn’t see another FC jersey! Disappointed.

  61. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 08.29.2007 | 3:02 pm

    I vote for Bob. He needs it more than the rest of us combined.

  62. Comment by Jill | 08.29.2007 | 4:00 pm

    I’ve spent all year perfecting my mountain bike, road bike and snow bike setup so that I never have to ride with a backpack again, ever. I put bottle mounts on the fork, a small frame bag for the road bike, a custom-made (by me) full-sized frame bag for the snow bike, seatpost rack for the FS mountain bike, wide rack for the fat-bottomed Pugsley, new panniers, and giant Banjo Brothers seatpost bags. And now you introduce me to this? A pack that somehow won’t turn lose the searing pain of endless invisible needles stabbing at my shoulders?

    This I’d love to see. If I were to win this pack, I’d use it. After I outfitted it with a fully-insulated camelbak bladder for winter, I might even stick with it. Think this pack is good enough to convert even to most adamant anti-backpack cyclist? Maybe we shall see.

  63. Comment by JET(not a nickname) | 08.29.2007 | 4:08 pm

    I’d use it to bike along the North Shore here in MN from Duluth to Two Harbors and back again. It’s an awesome weekend ride that I’ve always thought of doing. I’d fill it with all the biking stuff you already know of (spare tubes, rain gear, bla bla bla) and some camping stuff too. I’ll probably do the ride sometime this fall anyhow regardless of if I have the damn pack or not, but the pack would increase the look factor.

  64. Comment by Nick | 08.29.2007 | 4:08 pm

    I vote for Bob too, he will need it to bring all those empty cartons and used utensils off the mountain and into a bin.

  65. Comment by eunicesara | 08.29.2007 | 4:34 pm

    I kowtow to the worthy.
    However, shoud I ever venture to Europe with my bicycle again, I would most certainly pack my necessities in a back-pack such as the fine merchandise displayed on your website rather than leaving my panniers in the hands of the Danish railway (dog Henrick) which sent me one way and my bicycle and clothes another. Hottest summer on record (1982). I have genetically encoded after that effort the meaning of “Mad dogs and Englishmen . . .”
    The MOST beautiful ride – the Wauchau: Danube.
    So, I’m a tourist.
    Does it count that I didn’t own a car for years? OR that I commuted a mere 17 miles to work on my beloved Ross summer of ?79?

  66. Comment by formertdffan | 08.29.2007 | 4:48 pm

    I would carry:
    My computer, my texts, my scrubs, a hard drive, ibuprofen, lunch and a water bottle.
    Back and forth to the hospital.

  67. Comment by dkirkavitch | 08.29.2007 | 5:18 pm

    Hey Fatty,
    I hate backpacks. It’s the sweat thing. As a matter of fact, I went so far as to equip my bike for the Grand Loop Race so I didn’t need a backpack. http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=304546
    Sorry, not a hot link, I’m lucky to get this note in (he says hanging his head in shame).
    Anyway, I had a great time, but only made it about 260 miles into the race. There was so much hike a bike and my bike weighed a ton. I am going to go back next year, but with a pack. I actually was looking at the Ergon, but alas, they were not available. With a pack like this, looks like you could use jersey pockets for what they were meant for. And less surface area to cause unwanted moisture buildup! And you could see more of the Fat cyclist logo! I gotta quit, I’m starting to sound like an informercial.

  68. Comment by RJR | 08.29.2007 | 5:22 pm

    First, I will ride…pack or no pack. That’s what we do, right? Second, I’ll ride everywhere I can…again, that’s what we do.
    Now, if that pack were mine…
    I’ll carry the tools my 11 year old son and I need to keep us riding all day long. I’ll carry a couple of sandwiches that we’ll sit by the trail and eat halfway through our ride. I’ll carry a snake-bite kit, because there are a bunch of rattlesnakes in our favorite Western Nebraska riding terrain. I’ll carry a digital camera so I can always remember these wonderful days when my son and I are together and both strong and healthy enough to enjoy the world by bike. And I’ll carry a picture of my little sister, whom we lost to cancer earlier this year, so I’ll never forget that life is precious and we have to live each day as if it’s our last.

  69. Comment by aussie kev | 08.29.2007 | 5:50 pm

    if i was mister fat cyclist i would put a bottle of wine and 2 glasses in it and take mrs fat cyclist out to watch the sunset


  70. Comment by ridnslo | 08.29.2007 | 6:08 pm

    I wish I could have that pack for Shenandoah this weekend. You need to come east and do a 100 miles with singletrack. I think a bladder some bars and rain shell would be great. Just take off on my cross bike on some gravel road adventures around east Tennessee. Every couple of months I lead a full moon ride on some fire roads in the Smokeys. The view of the mountains is fantastics under a full moon. I did a version of this ride last week in the morning to get away form the heat, 100’s here with 90% humidity. Anyway my friend and I happened across a black bear with two cubs. GREAT ride! I would also use this pack at the Cohutta 100 next spring, along with some pre-dawn sunrise hikes. I take a lot of food 6′ 2″ and 240. Us big buys need nurishment!

  71. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 08.29.2007 | 6:21 pm

    Henrik: If you want to move to the north easter united states I could get you an embedded developer job!! Serious!

  72. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 08.29.2007 | 6:21 pm

    Henrik: If you want to move to the north eastern united states I could get you an embedded developer job!! Serious!

  73. Comment by Anonymous | 08.29.2007 | 6:59 pm

    I had no idea free stuff could have so many folks dropping their verbal drawers and struttin on pickme boulevard. It’s a green and black backpack!

    I’d put your mama in it and keep her there until she agreed to quit calling my house after midnight.

  74. Comment by Philly Jen | 08.29.2007 | 7:03 pm

    The Ergon site says that the design of this beauteous item is gender-specific. Since you have a single bag to give away, does that mean I’d have to tote my righteous female indignation in it?

    Ladies, if you’ve had to squeeze your frontpack and saddlebags into boy gear, you know whereof I speak. (Which is why the curves-ahead, women’s Twin Six jersey so utterly rocks out.)

    When the Ergonites give you a bona fide chicksack, I’ll take one. So that I can pose with it. Somewhere phar, phar phrom Philly — on a pholder.

  75. Comment by Debamundo | 08.29.2007 | 7:15 pm

    Dang! As a roadie who doesn’t even own a Camelbak, I think I’m out of contention for this one. It’s pretty stinkin cool though.

  76. Comment by Born4Lycra | 08.29.2007 | 7:25 pm

    Aussie Kev. Brilliant – absolutely brilliant.

  77. Comment by Rocky | 08.29.2007 | 7:31 pm

    I could use a pack like that. I would take it on an adventure EVERYWHERE I RIDE, as I sweat like a wildebeast, and therefore need lots and lots of wet stuff for replenishment. I would break it in right by exposing it to all of the mountain biking diciplines of which I am fond. I would use it on its inaugural ride on a 1/2 Kokopelli to break it in right (Dewey Bridge to Home) for a little endurance exposure. Next, a two-day Gooseberry Mesa/Little Creek trip for some technical/droppage fun. And finally, I would take it on the FallMoab’07, assuming it is on and that I am invited, to expose it to the appropriate amount of mountain biking fun and ridicule.

    I would pack it with a slow drip I.V., since it’s got ample room for one to make up for my inevitable sweatage overage. And finally, I would top it off with a block of sharp cheddar, and a lovely dry Italian Salami. And a box of twinkies.

  78. Comment by HEATH | 08.29.2007 | 7:31 pm


    I know you hate me for my Leadvile result this year. I did say hi to you before the race in the partking lot…I still like you!

    THE PACK. What I’d do with it. Yeah Jeff is my State side neighbor but refuses to acknowledge my erogon desires. I think he’s gone corporate….ha ha..ok that won’t help.

    OK OK, I’d use it to train for Leadville. I carry all my feul on long rides….all water, all non-water fuel, camera’s extra parts etc on training rides. This means I’d use it in the dead of Minnesota winter and the heat of Mosquito ridden humid swealter. Oh yeah I’ll have pictures cause I’m a blogger too ya know.

    ALSO, my boy, my wife and kids I go to lot’s of races AND do FAMILY RIDES. We’d bring it to the Chequamegon event this year if you send quick. You see I have 3 kids and when I’m not riding with them I’m carrying all their bike/toy crap. Yeah that’s right….I’m the designated beer drinking picture taking guy this year at chwanie. My Dad, Son and Wife will race the Cheq fest in Hayward this year. Think of all the midwest aquiantances i’ll show off the pack too. Oh yeah i’ll share the beer it will carry. Think of the demographic I’ll cover.

    DON’T forget I do race alot and post on local forums and just talk way too much sometimes. So if I don’t get podium I’ll be talking to all the winners and losers wearing that pack at the races…cause I’m that kind of ding dong.

    LET’S SEE, what else, I will be going back to Denver this year to visit my buddy in Minturn, we may do an all nighter and drive to MOAB again…..I will be going to LEVIS again soon. I have plans to go back to bootleg in VEGAS too….cause my bro will show me the way again. LEADVILLE again, you bet, crew pack!!.

    I CARRY even more than you can imagine when I ride. My friends joke when I show them the hand warmers, vise grips, extra hats, booties, camera, and candy bars I pack. I’ve been known to carry an extra chain and tire on long trips too.

    Can you handle what I carry and whee I carry it sir green Ergon pack????

    So there. I’ll use, document with pics etc etc blah blah blah. Bliiittphhht!


  79. Comment by Congo | 08.29.2007 | 7:32 pm

    Every year for the past 10 years the self proclaimed “Hard Bastards” have done an epic multi-day mountain bike adventure. The members are Australian, American and Britich expats all based in SE Asia and these rides have taken place in some of the toughest most remote terrain that countries including Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. Some highlights of the trips have included cycling the Ho Chi Minh trail, climbing the highest pass in Indochina and visiting some of the last parts of the world untouched by outside influence.

    My challenge has always been one of luggage. I’ve fitted a rack and panniers but had the racks break, the panniers go into spokes and had the contents pilfered by opportunistic villagers. I’ve tried “normal” backpacks but suffered from backache and an uncomfortably sweaty back. Even more tragically I’ve had to reduce the the quantity of pens and exercise books I always bring along to hand out to needy school children on the road because of a lack of storage space.

    So, if I am the lucky winner of the Ergon pack, I will use it on the next ride from Vietnam into Laos in November 2007. No longer will I suffer chronic back pain thanks to the innovative ergonomic design. Even more importantly the poor disadvantaged school children will benefit directly from the pens and books I am able to distribute copiously from the cavernous storage space of the Ergon backpack. Fatty, award the backpack to me and help alleviate illiteracy and poverty in Asia!

  80. Comment by Midas_Run | 08.29.2007 | 7:51 pm

    I’m getting ready for LOTOJA. (It would be great to have Fatty join the LOTOJA party this year) I live north of you up in Davis County. As a kindred spirit of you fatty, when I ride with my bike buddies, I am the caboose. They frequently speed ahead, and by the time I show up they are rested, have empty bladders and are ready to go. One of our favorite epic training rides is, starting @ Mt. Green, up Trappers loop, up to Snowbasin Ski Resort, down the old road, clockwise around Pineview reservoir, east up to the top of Monty Cristo, rocket back down, and back up and over Trappers again. 75 quality miles with serious elevation gain. The pack is one way that I to can be leader. I’d use the pack to haul my cell phone, camera, cliff bars, arm warmers, jacket, smartwool socks, money, and water. If I get the pack, I’ll send you a LOTOJA race report with pics.

  81. Comment by Flahute | 08.29.2007 | 7:55 pm

    I’d put Bart Gillespie’s cyclocross skills, Cris Fox’s $100,000 life, Art O’Connor’s height, Jason Sager’s pee samples, Mistress Julie’s chaps and whip, Racer’s Cycle Service, a six-pack of non-Utah beer, the Mop’s true identity, and I’d take it all down to Provo to check into the Utah State (mental) Hospital … because I’d have to be crazy to think I’d be able to gather any of it (except peraps the non-Utah beer).

  82. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 08.29.2007 | 7:55 pm

    I’d take it down to the nearest 7-11 and the bladder up with diet coke (with lime) and ice. Then I’d go biking with fatty, and at the top of the Tibble Fork Trail, I’d let him have a drink. MMMMM ice cold coke in the wilderness.

  83. Comment by velocc | 08.29.2007 | 8:50 pm

    OK, you wanted pictures and such, so I just went ahead and wrote my entry for your Ergon Competition on my blog: http://velocc.blogspot.com/2007/08/ergon-bd1-team-edition-backpack.html
    This way you can read it and look at the pictures and my whole bsession with the color green:)
    (As soon as I find a job, hopefully soon, I will buy one of those pink jerseys to mix the colors up a bit:)

  84. Comment by Brandon | 08.29.2007 | 9:20 pm

    I would use the pack all the time considering it would be a luxury because I don’t have one now. I am a new rider & racer. I just got my first decent bike this year and started racing. I have been slowly buying the gear that I need for all of the riding that I do. The problem is that my wife is going to kill me if I continue to buy more bike related stuff. I need a pack and I love the ergon E1 grips that I had put on my bike. The grips are so good I can only imagine how awesome the pack must be. I know that the I will probably have to wait a couple of years to get a pack like this. I would use this pack on all of my training rides (I don’t even have a hydro pack) and when I go on all day rides with my dad. It would be great to be able to carry all of our gear and food for the day. I would also carry all of my kids stuff when we take our rides to the park. The stuff in there would be a hydration bladder, pump, tubes, lots of nutrition( I’m gone all day on some weekends) extra gloves, socks etc. I would love this pack. This is the only way that I will probably ever get one. Thanks for listening

  85. Comment by Brandon | 08.29.2007 | 9:52 pm

    Sorry about the second post but I can’t beleive I forgot to add that next year I am going from my home town in Lincoln NE to my cousins wedding in Springfield Oregon and taking a week to drive there and ride different trails in the different states that we go through. It will be very awesome and the pack would defintely be a big help. Thanks again

  86. Comment by William | 08.29.2007 | 11:12 pm

    I’d put my son in it and take him to nursery. If he doesn’t fit, then his lunch could go in it and he can go in the child seat as usual!
    (he is almost 2 years old)

  87. Comment by Bryan Burt | 08.29.2007 | 11:33 pm

    After having the chance to ride with Jeff Kerkove I know just how great these packs are..While i was having my old packshift arround on me jeff was cruising in complete comfort.. I would use my new pack here in the mtns of colorado for biking the incrediable trails we have,for cross country skiing/snowshoeing in the winter and to be the envy of all my trail buddies..

  88. Comment by mother teresa | 08.30.2007 | 3:35 am

    Saint Fatty,
    While I cannot hope to compete with your other posers….I mean POSTERS on here, I thought I might add my humble thoughts.
    If I were to win this pack, I would begin my bicycle oddessy by ending hunger, distributing food to every needy person in the world. I would then (in order) cure AIDS, stop war, educate children, comfort the brokenhearted, create employment for all who desire it, teach politicians to get along and say what they mean (silencing both Rush and James Carville), teach Kenny to “keep the rubber side down”, give Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny a year off as I completed their duties, and lastly, just for you Saint Fatty, I would make Transfats have slimming and beneficial health effects.
    Mother Teresa

  89. Comment by Orbea Girl | 08.30.2007 | 4:46 am

    Why would I need a back pack? If I can’t fit it into my pockets or small saddle bag, my husband carries it. Isn’t that what husband’s are for?

  90. Comment by Mike | 08.30.2007 | 4:49 am

    In October, after I do a little backpacking/environmental education in West Virginia I’ll ride back to my inlaws to meet my wife and baby. Other than first riding the Huckleberry Trail on spruce knob I’m not sure how I’d get there. It would definitely be sweet, and take all day or two. In the bag would be my camera, some food, and maybe a little tarp or something else to help me get by.

    It would be like this ride, which was pretty awesome.

  91. Comment by LanterneRouge | 08.30.2007 | 5:11 am

    Orbea Girl, according to my wife that is exactly what husbands are for.

  92. Comment by ian | 08.30.2007 | 5:50 am

    ok, so i’m posting even though i am completely aware that the chances of me winning such a nice pack with such banal cargo and familiar destinations are slim to none.

    had i this marvel of a hydration pack, i would fill it with the following: 1 mini pump, 2 tubes, 1 park mini-tool, 1 set pedros tire levers, 1 small spyderco, 1 clif bar, two tubes of fake blood, three car antennae, and two rabid ferrets (you’d be amazed at how fast you go when you know that you have two rabid ferrets in your pack).

    and then… and then i would take that pack with me on my first ever six-hour solo at conyers horse park on the sunday after next. that wednesday i would trade out the 26″ tubes for road tubes and get it ready for my first ever charity tour https://www.tourdavita.org/donate/iankennedy/index.html) and ride 240 miles up the natchez trace to raise awareness for kidney disease. after that i would swap tubes again and bring it with me to my first ever fat tire fest in huntsville on the 29th. then, the very next saturday i would drive my pack to savannah for my first ever adventure race. and finally i would use that pack to train for my first ever attempt at a triathlon on october 21st in savannah.

    now, i could probably accomplish all of these firsts without such an incredible pack, but would i enjoy them as much? by my calculations, all rides with this pack will increase my riding pleasure 134.6%. in other words, significantly.

    and with that, i fold my entry and drop it into the box.

  93. Comment by Dopey | 08.30.2007 | 6:01 am

    I almost forgot! If my epic tale of woe and adventure of grad school cannot woe you to part with the BD1 Team in my direction I offer you this additional use. It could be straped to my back (on a road bike no less) carrying all the necessary supplies for a still in planning epic 12 day 1293 mile journey across Oklahoma. No rest days. The best part: the ride will be a fundraiser for Make a Wish Foundation. The pack sees the state and helps raise money to make a wish!

  94. Comment by Scott Baryenbruch | 08.30.2007 | 6:54 am

    Just last week I realized I have a genuine gem waiting for me right outside my door. I had a eureka moment while working last week and upon arriving at home pulled out some maps and started tracing a route. Let’s see Military ridge to Dodgevlle (15 miles), paved trail to Mineral Point (8 miles), Cheese Country ATV trail to Monroe (47 miles), Badger State Trail to Madison (50 miles), and back to my house via the Military Ridge trail (26 miles). With bits of road added in and stops for refueling it’s about 150 miles. 90% rail trail or multi-use trail almost completely unpaved. Yep on big huge loop right outside my door. I immediately began planning an attempt at this for next Spring or Summer but your little contest is chaning my mind. If a new Ergon pack comes my way I will make an attempt at this beast before snow flies. Pretty simple packing as far as this ride goes: rain jacket, PB&J with walnuts, Perpetuem, cell phone, tool kit, granola bars, etc. I have only topped 100 miles once in my life so this would be push me like never before….but for you and Ergon I’d give it a shot.


  95. Comment by Wilbur | 08.30.2007 | 7:05 am

    I am a weekend warrior who has been able to ride at the Worlds 24 in Whistler and the Trans Rockies and few other solo rides here and there. I also have three boys between 2-11. I would use this pack for all epic rides leading to Costa Rica in two years time and would also carry baby stuff on my training rides with the two year old. His limit seems to be 60km unless he falls a sleep.

  96. Comment by Stephanie | 08.30.2007 | 7:06 am

    I would give this pack to my husband Phil. He’s in the Armstrong, Contador, Raisin club (having had his lid cracked open and brain tinkered with). He has some physical deficits which at times are very demoralizing, but on the bike he is free.
    He rides to and from work nearly every day carrying the typical commuter stuff – shoes, dry clothes, lunch, etc. On his way home, he carries whatever package has arrived for me from internet shopping. At times, this can be pretty heavy, but it doesn’t stop him from taking the “long way home”, adding another 30 miles to his commute. I bought him a messenger bag for Christmas but it shifts around too much. This new bag would make him extremely happy and allow me to buy more stuff on the internet!! (I can see a new Fat Cyclist/Twin SIx jersey in my future!)

  97. Comment by LanterneRouge | 08.30.2007 | 7:15 am

    Scott B., do you spend any time climbing Blue Mound? I did the HHH this year. Your area is so beautiful for riding, road or trail.

  98. Comment by Doug G. | 08.30.2007 | 8:55 am

    I would take it onto the trail empty and then fill it with the garbage left behind by other people. I could probably fill it with empty Tim Horton’s coffee cups on some rides in about a hour. Most of them left behind by hikers as I can’t see carrying a hot coffee on your bike. They are everywhere in Canada! In fact its the number one source of garbage on the roads and trails. You’ll start to see them in the U.S. soon as they’re starting to build their coffee shops there. I’d pick up other litter also thats left behind, coke cans, watter bottles, beer bottles and cans etc etc…

  99. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 08.30.2007 | 9:08 am

    this may be the most difficult decision fatty has had to make on one of these contests.

    maybe pool the top 10 choices and then do a random drawing.

    P.S. If I happen to get randomly drawn, I’ll give you $30.00.

  100. Comment by Jr Miller | 08.30.2007 | 9:18 am

    That pack is ultra nice!

    I’ve been searching for a light weight pack that is stable and can carry a fair amount of cargo. It has to be able to switch gears from a bike, to motorcycle, horse, etc without too much bother.

    I’m signing on to do a volunteer project through the UN, helping to put together a proposal to finance a village clinic treating AIDS/HIV patients in Africa. Whatever pack I end up with is going to get a lot of use and abuse!

  101. Comment by Daddystyle | 08.30.2007 | 9:24 am

    Where to start, well, for starters, [Get it] let me give a brief history. 15 years ago I was 350lbs and could barely get up 1 fight of stairs. Had a life defining moment, started riding about the neigbourhood with my daughter and 1 thing led to another. Cycling changed my life. I am now 200lbs, have done several 24 hour races solo, my entire family rides, my son was a national level racer till he was hit by a car last year [still recovering from a brain injury]. I will not go on but needless to say I am a keener.

    My proudest accomplishments involve kids. I am a director and founding member of the Halfmoon Bay Sprockids Mtn Bike program, Sit on the Mtn Bike committee with Cycling BC, A level 2 Mtn bike coach and a founding member and president of Sunshine Coast Cycling Club. Heck, I am even involved with the local High School Mtn Bike team.

    So, to get back to the pack, I carry a ton of stuff riding with youth as they tend to bring very little. My 1st aid kit is huge, tubes, tools, food, maps, phone lists, emergency contacts. Add to that a few spare parts and my pack is jammed. My present pack is torn and deteriorated and in dire need of replacement.

    I can guarranttee this pack will go to a good home. It will be cared for and used to its potential. I may not have to mount the racks and panniers I just bought if you see fit to send it my way.

    So to sum up [or suck up?] I was, still am a fat cyclist, super keen after all these years, love the blog, give back big time to the cycling community, ride, ride long epic rides with friends or solo, ride to town, ride, ride, ride. But most importantly ride with youth sevearl days a week ages 10-19 as they are the future of this sport weather a lifestyle or racer. As for my next epic ride some friends and I are touring across the Sothern States, The last 2 years they have riden San Diego to New Mexicco, Last year, New Mexico to New Orleans and next spring I expect to join them for the last 1800Km [I am Canadian] from New Orleans to Florida and up the coast. Figure I can keep up now all the Mtn pass,s are behind them. I will definitly have write up/photos for that adventure.

    Ride on,

  102. Comment by Mocougfan | 08.30.2007 | 9:26 am

    First let me say that is one cool looking bag and I really want one!!!

    This year I was going to do 3 major rides. The first was the Alpine Gauntlet II. I did this with my good friend Chris, Robert, along with Fatty and others…Unfortunately, I am old, fat, and slow. But I still had a good time and got into a great photo shoot. (http://www.fatcyclist.com/blogphotos/TheOrganicEpic_A885/ResizeofGauntlett20074.jpg)

    My second ride was the Triple Bypass in Colorado. Again with Chris and Robert. Again my Missouri legs and lungs were no match for those mountains.

    Lastly was going to be Lotoja. I was determined on this one. But Mono and Hepatitis have derailed my ability to ride this ride. So instead I am going to do the Katy Trail in October. (http://www.bikekatytrail.com/milechart.asp). This ride is 225 miles long. IT was listed as the 10th best long distance ride in the country recently. It is longer than Lotoja and it is on a mountain bike. No climbs. No altitude. Just moving along for a lot of miles. The scenery however in October when the leaves are changing is beautiful. The bag will be essential to carry enough food and water when it’s dark and the stores are closed.

  103. Comment by Miguel | 08.30.2007 | 10:17 am

    If I had a cool pack like that I would never take it off. In fact, it would be like a hump on the back of a hunchback. I would commute to work on it, allowing it the opportunity to brave the millions of San Diego cars that try and destroy my beautiful bike every time I cross one of the interstate overpasses. I would let it come to work with me, where it could play with all sorts of chemicals. It would then be able to go mountain biking with me after work, riding on all sorts of great trails that the SD area has to offer. I may even let it have dinner with me, where it would stuff itself full on nonperishables so that it could repay my kindness by offering me that food the next day. After all this excitement it may be very sweaty and because the SD weather is so nice and it rarely rains I may have to take a shower with it. This way it could use its rain gear and not get any of that nonperishable food wet. In fact, my backpack and I would be the best of friends. I could offer it wild adventures and it could sustain me in times of need… often enough that would be while on my wild adventrues! If we get along really well I may even make it a little nest to curl up in each night. We would be intantly compatible. I know it already.

  104. Comment by Dennis | 08.30.2007 | 10:28 am

    My 3 year old son was recently diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Something like this really changes your outlook on life. Since he and biking are two very important parts of my life, I have been thinking of a way to ride and make people more aware of this disease. There are sponsored rides, but I have been wanting to ride the length of the Mickelson Trail across the Blackhills. I would load this pack up with bracelets and pamphlets by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and pass them out to others I meet along the trail. Of course I will be wearing my fatcyclist jersey along the way.

  105. Comment by Mocougfan | 08.30.2007 | 11:55 am

    Why does it say my comment is waiting moderation?

  106. Comment by chtrich | 08.30.2007 | 12:13 pm

    Do people really win on fatcyclist.com? (Taken loosely from the old MTV ads, for those of you that remember).

    1) What race did you choose? (not really a prize for the people here)
    2) Who was closest for the times for Leadville?
    3) Who are the overall B7 winners?
    4) How’s the ‘Team Fatty’ photos coming? (OK, this one required a website redo, so taking awhile longer is ok)
    5) Ugly Jersey Contest – Winner Announced! (people really do win on FC.com)


  107. Comment by MTB W | 08.30.2007 | 1:08 pm

    I just wanted to make this comment section longer! Ha! Poor fatty didn’t know what he was getting into.

    Silly Botched, don’t you know that simple bribery doesn’t work? Make it $50 – go big or stay at home. Besides, who can top Bob’s reason? Hmmm, deep fried chicken.

  108. Comment by GenghisKhan (on behalf of Mrs. GenghisKhan) | 08.30.2007 | 1:27 pm

    On behalf of Mrs. GK, I’d like to submit an entry. As a stay-at-home mom of six-month old twins, she would use it from sunrise to sunset, and most likely through the night as well.

    The hydration pack would help keep her well-hydrated as she carries two growing babies up and down the many stairs (up and down, up and down, up and down…) in our multi-level, not-so-very-efficient-when-it-comes-to-heating-and-cooling-west-facing-with-no-trees home.

    The rain cover is a nifty feature and would help protect the pack from the various substances that seem to ooze, drool and project from nearly all orifices of these lovely children of ours! And, when necessary, it would double as a changing pad, too!

    It would be packed to the brim with pacifiers and bottles, toys and rattles, burp cloths, diapers, a variety of ointments, more burp cloths, extra changes of clothes and, when necessary, perhaps a child (thank goodness for compression straps!), to free up a hand to change diapers, pat backs, play, rock and bath babies and all those many other wonderful things moms do!

    And, occasionally, I’d swipe it when she wasn’t looking, stuff it full of gear (tubes, first aid kit, patch kit water, jacket, glasses, etc.) and other various and sundry items that would help me to enjoy a few moments along the great trails of the American Fork Canyon (Utah!) area.

    Mrs. GK rocks!

    Thank you for your time and consideration!


  109. Comment by quadzilla | 08.30.2007 | 2:27 pm

    Is it too late to add that I actually had to pull a hypodermic needle out of the sidewall of my rear tire?! If I had the pack, I would have room to throw in a pair of latex gloves so as not to expose myself to any questionable fluid on the needle.

    Drop the crack pipe and pedal, damnit! :)

  110. Comment by Fan of Susan | 08.30.2007 | 3:08 pm

    I agree with BotchedExperiment that Fatty has a tough decision in front of him. Perhaps the top ten pool should have an “Eat a Lot of Goats” video game run off to decide the winner.

  111. Comment by amburguesa | 08.30.2007 | 3:21 pm

    Okay, so there are over 100 posts begging for this pack. I’ll go ahead and add mine, because I’m sure Fatty isn’t tired of reading yet. Where would I go and what would I carry? Well, if Fatty wants to give me this pack, I will be giving it to my husband on the following conditions:
    1) He must train and get in shape in order to ride either Porcupine Rim or Gooseberry Mesa. Not the most awesome, never to be matched trails, but a worthy goal given his current condition! Trails he used to ride without breaking a sweat (almost!).
    2) He must do the ride by the end of December 2007, complete with pics and stories to pass on to Fatty.
    3) He gets me a pink FC jersey for Christmas this year.
    My dear husband used to ride and ride and ride. He still does, but not quite so much anymore because now he not only has 3 bikes, but a wife, a mortgage, a more grown-up job than his previous employment at the local bike shop, and recently born twins (okay, how many other FC readers can there be who also have twins?!! Sheesh!). I told him the other day he needs a hard, fast goal to train for to give him the motivation he needs to get out and ride. He spends to much time worrying about the HoneyDo lists I give him. Riding makes him happy. I need him to be happy. So, Fatty, give me this pack, and I’ll make sure he trains, rides and reports.

    What’ll he carry in his pack?
    1. Bladder full of water
    2. Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif Bars
    3. Tiger Milk bars
    4. Toffee Chocolate Chip Harvest bars
    5. Bit O’Honey candies
    6. Park multi-tool I gave him for Christmas
    7. Spare mtb tubes I gave him for Christmas
    8. Flat kit
    9. First aid kit
    10. Digital camera
    11. Cell phone (not that he’ll have service, but you never know)
    12. Leg warmers and jacket outside cinched down with the compression straps 13. And a bottle of Cytomax somewhere in there, too.

    Besides, he’s still using the CamelBak Blowfish pack he’s had for over 7 years that I keep stitching together for him. He needs a new pack! Does that fit all the requirements, Fatty? Hope so! (And if he doesn’t follow through, hey, I’ll give the pack back!)

  112. Comment by John Hansen | 08.30.2007 | 6:26 pm

    i’m in florida and I mountainbike… yeah save the comments, I’ll find you trails that will have you saying hello to your lungs…
    in any case In January – Febuary there are 3 50 mile off road rides..

    swamp club 50, san felasco 50, and the ididaride, they take place usually all in a few week span.. my goal is to ride all 3 on my single speed.
    call it the hat trick, or the triple crown…
    in the pack i’ll carry the gear I need to do it..

    heres the catch, I’m a fatty too, 233.5 pounds as of this am.
    last nught I did my first group ride in years…
    fat guy in lycra ohhhhhh.. yeah……
    I want to be sub 200 by x-mas,
    if i pull off the hat trick i’m sending my $$ in for leadville…


  113. Comment by jerry | 08.30.2007 | 6:51 pm

    I feel silly when comparing my reasons with some of the ones listed. But epic is in the eye of the beholder I guess. About 18 months ago I lost my mojo. Perhaps it was the return of the severe migraines (20 per month.) I don’t really know and can’t say for sure. But the throwing up and dizzyness sure put a crimp in riding.

    I went from commuting daily and even rode the MS150 on my fixie. To looking at my bikes in the garage as they gathered dust. Even worse I gained 50 pounds. An incredibly patient neurologist have gotten my headaches back into sort of control. I now only get 8-10 severe (ie. severe enough I vomit) headaches a month.

    Consequently I have set my sights on riding again. Humble goals at first But I was aiming for a complete brevet series in the coming year. Along with a return to 24 hour Mtn. bike racing.

    So there should be a story in there somewhere.

  114. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 08.30.2007 | 6:54 pm

    Hey, let’s just keep it really good and honest here. I would, likely, throw a shload of muesli, back up water, and Gatorade into this bad bad and hit the parks with it to ride. I might get ballsey enough to start riding to work too, in which case this would be a God send… Hell, dare I say this would get me to start riding to work, Id have something to put boring “grown up work cloths” in to ride.

  115. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 08.30.2007 | 6:56 pm

    OOOOH! And I would finally have somewhere to store my camera so I wouldnt have lousy excuses like “Its too heavy for a jersey” when Im asked why I didnt take a picture of_____.

  116. Comment by Caloi-Rider | 08.30.2007 | 7:52 pm

    Here goes:

    For the past seven years, I’ve been living in a flatlanders’ paradise—potato fields, sagebrush, train tracks and long, boring roads. Still, this entire time, I’ve been living within view of a set of gorgeous, skyscraping rocky mountains—the Tetons. When I bought my road bike, it was a week later that I first raced it up a road in the Tetons going near Grand Targhee resort (hence the race’s name—the Targhee Hillclimb). Later I did Teton Pass and fell totally in love with climbing those mountains.

    From my distance, watching afar as those peaks would play a flirtatious game of peak-a-boo over the horizon on non-cloudy days, I would think to myself about what it might be like to ride over that mountain range. Now, don’t get me wrong, Grand Teton National Park doesn’t allow mountain biking, but it also doesn’t cover the whole range. I kept thinking about how cool it would be to start in Teton Village outside Jackson Hole and somehow make my way from that valley to Victor, Driggs or Alta on the other side.

    But it was just a fantasy.

    You know what happens with fantasies: they get filed away in that section of your brain that you visit when your cubicle gets boring at work. You stop and think about how cool they might be, and then you go back to the real world.

    Nonetheless, I didn’t let it go. I looked for maps showing trails in that area. I found routes in Grand Targhee resort, through Teton Pass, and up Jackson Hole Resort’s ski slopes.

    Then one day a co-worker, a hiker, began an unsolicited conversation with me about trails in the area. Soon another co-worker joined in, and before I knew it, we were talking about whether it’d be possible to cross the Tetons by mountain bike. The conclusion: absolutely. The route would probably go over Rendezvous Peak (4,000+ feet of non-stop climbing, and possibly muddled by construction) and then over into Victor. And it would likely take all of the fall daylight hours available to me. I’d probably even need some exploration or ‘getting lost’ time scheduled in there.

    But it would be gorgeous.

    Just in case it doesn’t take all day, there are a few other routes I’d like to scope out, including the mtb route up Teton Pass (I’ve always done the road race but never known where the MTB route is until this year). And then, what the heck, there’d be the trails in Grand Targhee resort that go right up underneath the Grand Teton. Heck, I’d probably even have to worry about the occasional grizzly bear.

    The truth is I just want one bike day to do it ALL—to go explore through the Teton range, to cross from one side to the other and do all these fantasy rides I’ve been dreaming about since I started actually using my knobby tires.

    How does the backpack fit into this? Well, none of these rides would be single-hour rides. For the most part they’d take hours, possibly even going overnight, which would mean I might even need to bring multiple meals in there. If I got the backpack, I would try to talk my wife into letting me buy a Topeak Bikamper Tent or something similar so I can ‘accidentally’ get stranded out on the trail.

    Also, I have a cousin who was once a nutty mountain biker but hasn’t really touched his bike in the past, mmmm, eight years. Finally, just recently, he agreed to do a mountain bike trip with me sometime this fall. And if I’m going to get him out on a trip, I want it to be EPIC!

    One last reason to give the backpack to me: it matches my bike.

    P.S. With or without the backpack, if you’d be interested in joining me for said ride, Fatty, I’d love the company. I just can’t guarantee I’d be able to keep up.

  117. Comment by TIMK | 08.31.2007 | 3:12 am

    I’d give it to Piet Kvitsik as a reward for his efforts

  118. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 08.31.2007 | 4:28 am

    I think Dr Botched has come up with a brilliant idea.

    I’ll see your $30 and raise you another $20.

  119. Comment by juancho | 08.31.2007 | 5:44 am

    I tried to give away my dirty chamois, but I didn’t get this kind of re sponse! It’s still up for grabs. Same question: what would you do with it?

  120. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 08.31.2007 | 6:38 am

    TIMK, the onion has clearly ripped-off the gelatinous one. I can’t find the article in the archive (it’s probably on the old fat cyclist site), but as you probably remember, he wrote a very similar piece a year or two ago.

  121. Comment by carolinarider | 08.31.2007 | 7:01 am

    I would love this thing; I’m such a gear freak when it comes down to equipment like this.

    I have been looking for something like this to wear in an up coming adventure race I have. Trail running, Mountain Biking, and Kayaking. I would load this thing up with all the race required gear and even throw in some Reese’s cups to keep me going. I mountain bike, road ride, run a lot in the mountains of North Carolina so it would see a lot of use and abuse ( I mean love).

  122. Comment by TimK | 08.31.2007 | 12:14 pm

    Botched, I’m not familiar with FC writing on the particular concept as this onion piece, but he has certainly written so many fake pieces that I assume someone at the onion was “inspired” by Elden’s work.

    I’ve seen more than one comment on Fatty’s Fake News suggesting it be in the Onion. So yeah, I agree it’s a rip off of il chubbino.

    As for the bag, I’d sling it over my shoulder and sache down the cat walk singin’ I’m too sexy and the next local fashion show – maybe I’d don the Pink Lemonade and some proper lycra to boot.

  123. Comment by Karst | 08.31.2007 | 12:24 pm

    I would use it initially for an all-day mountainous birthday ride (minimum of one mi/year) of at least 56 mi in October (fall colors) in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. I would use a hybrid bike with wider tires, so as to be able to do paved roads such as the Highland Scenic Highway, as well as gravel roads and trails. I would visit the Falls of Hills Creek as well as a Cranberry bog
    in addition to various springs and caves in the karst lowlands nearby. I would visit Droop Battlefield State Park and Beartown State Park.

    I might well decide to make it a multiple-day camping ride, in which case the pack would be very handy, but need to be supplemented by a rack and rack bag.

    I would put a Camelbak bladder, home-made energy bars, extra tubes, and a digital camera in the pack. I would, of course, include a primary caving light in the pack—one that I could attach to my bike helmet, which would substitute for my normal caving helmet. Cavers always require three sources of light, so I would also need a few maglites. Unlike most old-time cavers, I would not bring baby-bottles full of calcium carbide for use in carbide lamps, because I would not want to risk explosive acetylene burns if I crashed while riding wet roads. (Water plus calcium carbide yields acetylene, which burns…or explodes.)

    Extra cycling clothes and caving clothes would also be necessary, in addition to a bike lock and chain, patch kit, carbon dioxide pump, hand pump, spoke wrench, mini-tool kit, first-aid kit, and anything else that might be needed and not fit in the seat bag, rack or jersey pockets.

    It’s hot in the flatlands of SC, so I can’t wait to go. But by October, it will be cool in the mountains, so I’m liable to need cold weather gear too. Maybe I’ll need an extra bag…Or maybe I’ll go sooner, and not wait for the birthday.

    (Edited and resubmitted to remove the links to the places mentioned above, since the reply appears not to have been accepted by the system.)

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