The Mountain Bike Life
Like anything when it comes to mountain biking there is stuff you find and pick up to meet needs. Not those needs where you have swap out whole wheels or brakes. But those bits you pick up either because it pops up or just need to solve a little problem.
In the case of opportunity a Kenda tire found unexpectedly and feedbag to help with the munchies.
Kenda Tire

Sometimes you happen upon something when you least expect it. And in a place you wouldn’t think to see it. Well in this case that would be a Kenda kevlar bead tire which I found in a unusual place.
I found this unnamed model from Kenda at the Canadian land of cheap… Canadian Tire. A $25 with tax folding bead tire in Canadian tire? And as I said unnamed model as it only says Kenda on the side walls. And since I was needing a tire for the rear and it met the requirements of the TeamNFI finance department picked one up. It is marked as a 26×2.35 and seems to be about that once mounted and inflated. 
Understand I am no tire snob. I started mountain biking long before we had all those tire features that get endlessly discussed on various forums. So I tend to not pay attention to most of that and focus on riding bikes. But I did notice that this tires was not as heavy as a Kenda Kinetic 26×2.35 which is what Canadian Tire used to sell. As well as the casing isn’t as think and heavy.

It was easy to mount on the Singletrack rim on the back wheel. But have no idea how easy it would mount on another rim. On the first rides it was still dry on the trails was fast and to me hooked up okay. Pretty much forgot it was there which is a good thing. Because if it doesn’t then you are thinking about it to much and not riding.

Since I ride to work on pavement to get to work on the Samurai sometimes. It rolls okay on tarmac.

Though the real test of any tire or tread is when it is mud time on the trails. And while I never worry or think to much about tread and such as I previously mentioned. There is no major build up of mud. It is pretty much the same as any other tire at this time of year. Which is a good thing.

Really I picked this tire up as I needed a tire and with winter coming soon wanted to save the more expensive tires for when there isn’t snow and ice. And it worked well enough that I picked up another for the front a few days ago.

Revelate Designs Feedbag

Revelate Designs is a maker of various pieces of bags that can mount to your bike. This year found I was needing something for the bars that would be able to do a few things. Picked up a Mountain Feedbag after reading a fair bit of Dr Jon’s blog on bikes and riding in the Scottish Highlands. This would solve a couple of problems.

First problem was I was wanting something that would on longer rides make carrying some food more accessible to eat. Sure I can put it in the hydration pack or jersey but that doesn’t always work. Especially since I was going to do the 100k at  Paul’s. And trying to keep a forward motion going would be a factor. So making it easier to eat while riding would be helped by making it easy to get at. Figured that I would be less likely to put it off.

Unfortunately can’t report on how it worked at Paul’s. But on then rides before and since it has made riding and eating much easier. Carried nuts and beef jerky mix, Baked Eggs, Griddle Cakes, and even Mary Brown’s Taters. All no problem and easy to get at.

Second problem was in relation to night riding. Wanted a alternative to strapping the bar light battery pack to the stem or bar.  Which always seemed to come lose or rotate. So wanted a better mounting and the Mountain Feedbag holds the Cree XM-L 6 Battery no problem. And has had no problems keeping the battery in.

No complaints about the Mountain Feedbag. It has done it’s job and will be used in the future.

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