2016 Mint 400 – Primm, Nevada

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Words and Photos by Anthony Rivas

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It’s Thursday morning and I am in Primm, Nevada to check out the Method Race Wheels time trials for the Mint 400.

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I am making way to the start line for qualifying and seeing a few trucks and buggies still on trailers.

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If you follow off road at all, maybe you know this truck sporting the green Methods - BJ Baldwin in line for qualifying.

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You may recognize some of these race teams by logos. Some were new to me. Regardless of the name on the side of the car they came to race.

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I could probably stay here for hours just watching all the competitors. This buggy is almost a green chrome.

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People are already gathered for time trials. There are a lot of people here, more than I expected.

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These guys are really in it. The sound of the motor screams so loud; it’s a rush.

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These guys have some pretty good seats and everything they need.

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This is just one section a few people gathered at to watch. There is a jump here. You know, people want to see big air.

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I’m headed back to Vegas and I see some of the trucks I just saw on the track. We will see what tomorrow brings at the Tech & Contingency downtown.

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It’s Friday morning and I am in downtown Las Vegas on Freemont street.

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There are lots of restaurants and casinos here. This is always blocked off for pedestrians.

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Well let’s go see what the Mint 400 Contingency is all about.

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There are lots of people, so lets make our way through and find some off road vehicles.

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I really dig the paint schemes on these two, I wonder if they will be in the race.

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UTV’s are present and some will be racing tomorrow. There is a lot of lift pictured above and a lot of lights pictured below.

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I can’t help but notice the front shock set up on this bug is wild. Maybe it’s common in this scene, to me its intriguing.

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I am from Colorado so I dig the paint, but it’s just a cool Volkswagen.

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If you’re into Off Road racing, fabrication, or just a gear head this event is something you should check out.

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If you follow Casey Currie than you may recognize this beast.

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I saw this passing by on its way to tech and it caught my eye. It looks very unique compared to most of the racers I am seeing.

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Cops?! That’s different.

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It’s a Toyota and has an Axial Yeti Trophy truck on it – two things I like!

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Okay, I see BFGoodrich up ahead. I think that’s half way and I have been walking for a while. On the bright side I am not pushing or pulling a truck.

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The vehicles are getting a little more unique as I get closer.

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I thought I misread the labels – Honda Ridgeline.

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No, I didn’t misread that, it’s a Honda Ridgeline.

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Something about the front suspension looked a little off, so I am going to make my way closer.

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The engine sits in the back, and way back at that. Curious to know how it performs.

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Well I made my way to BFGoodrich and I see the Axial Jeep JK on display.

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I also see this scavenger hunt. Win a Casey Currie signed Axial Jeep or a set of BFG tires. Wow, that’s pretty cool.

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Some pretty cool vintage and classics down here.

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If you’re hungry, there are plenty of food trucks here.

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This DJ drove his stage here; this thing is a beast.

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The stage for all the competitors, and everyone cheering on their favorite driver.

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Rigid Industries has some cool trucks in their area.

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This Ford was drawing crowds over at Method race wheels.

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This really got my attention. What do you think?

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There is lots of carbon fiber on this Chevy.

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Some new mixed with the classics.

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This is a pretty rad combo right here.

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The Bronco looks purpose built wouldn’t you say? The trailing arms mounting as far forward as they do really got me looking.

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WOW! Check this out.

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This looks like a piece of history right here.

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Could you imagine racing across harsh environments in this?

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This Chevy seemed to grab a lot of attention also.

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This Volkswagon Bug looks like its been around the world.

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Speaking of around the world, this Dakar wrapped rig was pretty cool.

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HEATWAVE VISUAL had an Axial Yeti TT as a part of their display.
It definitely pulled people in! Who remembers first seeing this rig on Instagram?

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On my way out I kept checking out vehicles, even if they weren’t part of the display.

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Hmmm… I have got to check this out.

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All right, I have to head home. Races start tomorrow morning.

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Ok it’s Saturday morning and I am back in Primm. Lets see what we can of the race.

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It’s racing and it’s always exciting.

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Its amazing how fast these guys go on a makeshift road, they are flat out screaming.

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Pass where you can and it’s a full on commitment.

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Love the drop out of the suspension on this Chevy, the picture below is in flight.

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These trucks were taking a beating, flat tires and broken body parts if you’re lucky.

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I have to admit, I was impressed by the Honda. This guy was flat out running this truck.

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Some guys pushed and quickly found their limits.

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Somewhere in that wall of dirt is a high horse powered truck with a driver standing on the gas. We can all hear it screaming like a banshee.

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Big air, coming in hot is a crowd pleaser, but was gamble for the drivers. This unfolded so quick that I missed the shot of impact.

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He hit the cinder block wall carrying some speed.

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Track officials were quick to respond.

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Driving styles varied; hard on the brakes then accelerate through the corner.

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Some drivers would just through it in the corner and drift it.

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It was hard to get good spots for the action, but this just made his way on the course.

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As the day winded down I made my way to the stage.

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After checking out the stage and some of the finishers I headed out.

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These guys made sure there was no shortage of Ford Raptors.

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BFGoodrich had a pit challenge going on for every day people to see what the pros go through.

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That center median is not even close to a parking place, but this place is busting at the seams with people. I am headed back to Vegas to unwind, maybe it won’t be so crowded.

Casey Currie and Axial Get an Early Start to the 2016 Season

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Mission Viejo, CA (March 28, 2016) – Axial hit the race track early this year with Casey Currie at events in Anaheim, San Diego, Phoenix, Oakland, Dallas, and El Paso. The devoted fans have barred the winter weather and come out in droves to see these vehicles in action.

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These races are all about the fans and averaging between 50,000 to 80,000 people per weekend, there was a lot of people to entertain! For 2 hours before each event, fans could come into the “pit party” and meet Casey and his team of drivers to get autographs and pictures next to the race trucks. Casey always had his Axial cars on full display on the hood of his race truck, creating quite the stir with young kids and their parents alike.

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Casey commented, “Kids love it all, but they relate so well with the Axial trucks since they are more their size. It is great to see them living out their ‘dream’ of being a driver with Axial. They can go crazy and push the limit and the Axial trucks can take the punishment. Even the parents get into it, which is always fun to see families coming together around cars and racing.”

Be sure to follow Casey Currie on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to see the latest events, news, and upcoming releases!

www.facebook.com/OfficialCaseyCurrie

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2016 Portland Auto Show

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2016 Portland Auto Show

By Ryan Gerrish

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Started in 1910, the Portland International Auto Show has been giving Oregonians a chance to see all the latest automotive makes and models, as well as exotics, custom vehicles, motorcycles and more. This was the 6th consecutive year that Axial Racing had been invited to run a booth allowing visitors to test drive the SCX10 line of scale crawlers, and we gladly accepted! With attendance expected to be over 100,000, it’s a great opportunity to expose the joys of crawling to new potential enthusiasts.

Every year I build a course in my shop ahead of time and transport it to the show. This year I decided to make the pieces half the size to be more easily moved, as well as make the course a bit bigger to give drivers various lines to try. My standard construction consists of a wood subframe with carved foam on top, and the a layer of Quickcrete on top of that for traction. I spray paint it and add details like lighting effects, rocks, logs, bushes and sometimes fog. After the show the courses find new homes, usually with local hobby shops or businesses.

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I lay out the plywood bases, which I cut to 3′ x 3′, and begin building the wood support structures and elevation changes. Blocks of foam are cut and secured to the wood using gap-filling spray foam insulation.

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I try to have some idea of where the trucks are going to go, keeping in mind their capabilities and dimensions, and ensuring that it’s not too easy or too difficult.

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I cover the foam with Quickcrete, which can take serious abuse, as well as V/O Patch concrete, which sticks to vertical surfaces well. This make the pieces pretty heavy, but also gives them excellent traction to really show the trucks capabilities.

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The pieces are loaded on my trailer bright and early the day of move in and delivered to the show. This year they were light enough that I didn’t need forklift assistance!

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The pieces are put on tables for easier viewing, and the display trucks and handouts are spread around. It ends up looking pretty cool!

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Once the show opens, the trucks are literally driven non-stop for 12 hours a day for 4 days. They are equipped with lower gearing and 85 turn motors, so we get around 4-5 hours of run time per 4200 mah 7.4 volt Lipo. I also build them up with metal rear links, and some machined screws in strategic places instead of the self tappers.

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Kids and adults alike have a wonderful time trying to navigate the rigs through the mountains!

Of course, no auto show would be complete without a few highlights of some of the full-size rides out on the floor!

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Best of show in my opinion: The Jeep Africa concept.

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After the show, I went camping out on the Oregon coast with a large group of friends and had a chance to exercise the demo trucks in the sand. (With the 27 turn stock motors reinstalled of course!) Everyone had a blast.

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The course was sold to a local crawler. His kids and their friends will be enjoying it year round in one of the bays of his garage!

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We raffled off a new SCX10 Deadbolt, a lucky young lady from Gladstone won it! She and her brother (and certainly their friends!) will definitely put it through its paces!

I’d like to thank Axial for their continued support, and Jeff at the Auto show for having us back every year to entertain. According to him, this booth is “heavily requested” every year, so it’s nice to know we are appreciated! Hope to see you next year!

Visit www.portlandautoshow.com for more information!

AXIALFEST 2016: Rugged Radios Rock Racing Class Rules

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ROCK RACING AXIALFEST STYLE!

As R/C offroad race tracks have become sugar coated and manicured into brown tarmac, We are put the rocks and ruff back into offroad racing!

You do NOT stand on a driver stand! You are your own “helicopter-spotter” thus you are physically moving around a designated course while driving your rock racer!
Rock Racing is fast and ferocious and we test the limits of the machine as well as the man manning the machine! No computer timing systems; just line ‘em up and let ’em rip! 3-Lap qualifiers. Next group on deck!

Rock Racing Class Overview

1] Rock Race 15U – Kids 15&Under Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
2] Rock Race 1.9 – 1.9 SCX10 Class
3] Rock Race 1.9T – 1.9 Tube Chassis Class
4] Rock Race WCBC – Wraith / Bomber Class
5] Rock Race FB – Factory Bomber RR10 RTR Class
6] Rock Race XC – EXO Class
7] Rock Race YC – YETI Class
8] Rock Race 2.2T – 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

AX16_Rugged_axialAxial is proud to announce Rugged Radios as presenting sponsor for Rock Racing – AXIALFEST2016

Rugged Radios Contingency Program:
$50 Store Credit for 1st place finishers
• must have 5 or more in class
• must run Rugged Radios decals on both sides of vehicle
• cannot run any competitor logos.
In total, there will be $50 store credit available for 1st place in each of the 8 classes.
Rugged Radio’s will not award contingency to racers until after the races are finished and Rugged Radio receives official results from Axial Staff.

Competitors can sign-up for Rugged Radio’s Contingency on the Rugged Radio’s website and fill out a quick form.
More Info: http://www.ruggedradios.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=177
Competitors can also contact the sales team ahead of time for contingency decals:
Toll free (888) 541-7223 OR (805) 541-1696
We will have them on site as well at AXIALFEST2016.

Rules By Class:

Rock Race 15U – Kids 15&Under Class
Rule #1: Eligible Chassis: AX10, SCX10, Yeti, Wraith, Bomber
Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #2: 1.9” or 2.2” Wheels – both size’s run in the same class
Rule #3: Open motor choice
Rule #4: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices
Rule #5 Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #6 Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #7: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #8: HAVE FUN!
Rule #9: PARENTS MUST EXEMPLIFY GOOD SPIRIT AT ALL TIMES!

Rock Race 1.9 Class
Rule #1: Eligible Chassis: AX10, SCX10, Wraith, Bomber, Yeti, EXO
Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #2: Must be solid axle
Rule #3: open motor choice
Rule #4: 1.9” Wheels Only
Rule #5: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #6: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #7: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #8: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices

Rock Race 1.9T Tube Chassis Class
Rule #1: Eligible Chassis: handmade tube chassis, custom frame rails, or Axial chassis
Rule #2: Chassis configured with IFS/IRS – OR – IFS/solid-Axle – OR – SA’s (Straight Axles)
Rule #3: open motor choice
Rule #4: 1.9 Wheels Only
Rule #5: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #6: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #7: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #8: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices

Rock Race WCBC – Wraith / Bomber Class
Rule #1: Eligible chassis: Wraith or Bomber RR10 Only
Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #2: Open motor choice
Rule #3: 2.2 Wheels only
Rule #4: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #5: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #6: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #7: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices

Rock Race FB – FACTORY Bomber RTR Stock Class
Rule #1: Eligible chassis: Bomber RR10 RTR (no or minimal chassis modifications)
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #2: Body Panels can be modified graphically, but must retain factory shapes, and intact on vehicle. No running naked.
Rule #3: Must run the Factory AX31312 35T Electric Motor
Rule #4: Factory Pinion & Spur gear – 12T/64T
Rule #5: Factory Ring & Pinion 38/13 – AX30392 or AX30395
Rule #6: 3S Battery Limit
Rule #7: Must retain factory solid axles
Rule #8: Must retain factory Axial BFG KR2 2.2 Tires
Rule #9: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #10: Must retain FACTORY suspension links, steering link, C-hubs & Steering knuckles

Rock Race X – EXO Class
Rule #1: Eligible chassis: EXO Terra Buggy
Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #2: Must retain all four a-arms / no solid axle conversions
Rule #3: open motor choice
Rule #4: short course wheels and tires are mandatory
Rule #5: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #6: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #7: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #8: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices

Rock Race YC – Yeti Class
Rule #1: Eligible chassis: Yeti (not Yeti XL)
Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #2: IFS front / Solid axle rear
Rule #3: Open motor choice
Rule #4: 2.2 Wheels Only
Rule #5: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #6: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #7: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #8: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices

Rock Race 2.2T – 2.2 Tube Chassis Class
Rule #1: Eligible Chassis: handmade tube chassis, custom frame rails, or Axial chassis
Rule #2: Chassis configured with IFS/IRS – OR – IFS/solid-Axle – OR – SA’s (Straight Axles)
Rule #3: open motor choice
Rule #4: 2.2 Wheels Only
Rule #5: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices
Rule #6: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #7: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #8: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker

 

 

AXIALFEST 2016 Overview Of Events
Please visit each blog for all of the event Class details:

• Dates & Schedule of Events
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915970

• CONCOURSE: Show & Shine
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915966

• ADVENTURIST: R/C Trail Hiking
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915958

• ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO: R/C Trail Running Enduro
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915962

• ROCK RACING: R/C Rock Racing
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915974

AXIALFEST 2016: Altra ULTRA 5K Enduro Class Rules

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ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO
If vehicle speed and running through the woods appeals to you, this might be the class you seek. We have all heard it before, “ULTRA DRIVER COMING THROUGH!”
Well, we’ve all heard it enough! We love you, just not on our adventure courses!

This year, we are putting you on center stage! We do want to watch you & your machine navigate the course at speed! We are putting a lot on the line as we will watch you put it all on the line! And we will be there to spectate and cheer you on!

Axial will design a designated enduro course just for this class! This will be a fast paced physical event. Physical endurance, quick reflexes, and knowledge of your rig are key.
We are very stoked to announce ALTRA as our premier adventure shoe brand as the title sponsor, hence the ALTRA Ultra 5K Enduro!

OH YEA! This is going to be serious!
Must be 18 years+ of age to compete in this class.


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ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO – TRANSPONDERS REQUIRED!!!

AXIALFEST2016 is using the MyLaps Sports Timing for official timing of the ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO. Thus, you will need a TRANSPONDER! So, we have to ask you if you own a transponder already? If so, does it work with MyLaps? If not, we have a a couple of solutions. [1] We have ten battery powered loaner transponders available. We will pick your names according to when you registered for AXIALFEST. Once we have pre-reserved these 10, you will have to make a choice. Purchase one or forfeit the race.

Axial will be the ones issuing the 10-pre-reserve’s. We will issue an email list to CKRC Hobbies as they are the ones who will have the transponders on-site at AXIALFEST. Do not contact them for the transponder reservation information as we will issue an email to CKRC and yourself. We will require a credit card number on-file for possession of the loaned transponder. Transponders will be available for pickup – installation on Wednesday July 13th and start line testing on Thursday July 14th. If the transponders are not dutifully returned to the ULTRA Start station immediately after the race, we reserve the right to charge the credit card on file for the full amount of the transponder.

If you wish to purchase your transponder:
http://ckrchobbies.com/products/10r120-mylaps-rc4-trasponder?variant=1655873025

*Tech note: The AMB timing system will recognize four different types of transponders; current MyLaps 2 wire and 3 wire, older AMB RC red transponder, and the MTX PTX clone transponders. Either of these will work.


ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO Men’s Class & Women’s Class Rules
This will be the premiere class for AXIALFEST2016!!! Yes, we are choosing the right to minimize vehicle allowances to showcase the ATHLETES of R/C!

Rule #01: Eligible chassis: Wraith, Yeti, Bomber, EXO, SCX10, AX10 (No Yeti XL’s).
Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.
Rule #02: No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #03: 2.2” wheels or 1.9” wheels
Rule #04a: Must use factory plastic Axial AR60 or AX10 axles
Rule #04b: Must use Yeti plastic a-arms if running Yeti chassis
Rule #5a option: Must retain the original Axial C-Channel frame (SCX10)
Rule #5b option: Must retain the original Axial plastic tube-chassis (AX10 / Wraith / Bomber / EXO / Yeti). Slight modifications may be made but must retain 90% of the original design.
Rule #06: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #07: There is no rule on links & C-hub /steering knuckle choices
Rule #08: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker
Rule #09: Drink water with electrolytes and carry a hydration pack
Rule #10: BE MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY PREPARED. A stock rig allows you plenty of time to blueprint and perform all preventative maintenance. This also allows you time for physical conditioning.

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Try them on and #EMBRACETHESPACE www.altrarunning.com

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AXIALFEST 2016 Quick Class Overview Of Events
Please visit each blog for all of the event Class details:

• Dates & Schedule of Events
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915970

• CONCOURSE: Show & Shine
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915966

• ADVENTURIST: R/C Trail Hiking
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915958

• ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO: R/C Trail Running Enduro
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915962

• ROCK RACING: R/C Rock Racing
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915974

AXIALFEST 2016: Adventurist Class Rules

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ADVENTURIST – Scale Trail Pursuit
First and foremost, this is not a race, nor a rally.
What it is – is the pursuit of r/c adventure!

If scale trailing, adventure crawling, scale adventure, whatever you wish to call it, and/or if this is your first time coming to AXIALFEST, we highly recommend this class as your choice if you own an Axial AX10, SCX10 or a Wraith / Bomber set up for adventure. If you are bringing the whole family, you can all run together and drive the Adventure Trails at any time. This is the class all about adventure suited for both those who like to meander through the woods at a leisurely pace and or for those looking for technical adventures.

This year, the ADVENTURIST will simply be about completing the designated trails with your friends and family at your leisure. Please be respectful of those in front of you.
BUT if you want to run as fast as possible through the woods, choose the ULTRA-X Class.

We ask all ADVENTURIST TO GATHER AROUND THE DESIGNATED SIDELINES OF THE ULTRA CLASS AND CHEER THEM ON! See event schedule for the ULTRA Class time.

• Will there be a score card? YES! BUT, this year, you will simply keep it as your memento, AFTER you record all of the trail times. There will be more info on this and more to do!
• Will the Adventurist Class be about time? NO and yes… No it will not be a timed event (by us), but you will record your times. It will be all about you having a GOOD TIME! Again, more structure to come.

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVENTURIST
Rule #1: Axial Chassis: AX10, SCX10, Wraith, Bomber, Yeti (geared down)
*Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.
No aftermarket full tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #2: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #3: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #4: Tire size: 1.9” or 2.2” – must be scale replica look.
Rule #5: There is no rule on suspension links, C-hub or steering knuckles
Rule #6: Driveshaft choice is open
Rule #7: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker

*SCX10 Chassis Modifications:
Eligible truggy’s for AXIALFEST are hand made tube cage’s welded onto or bolted onto factory Axial SCX10 frame rails. If a tube chassis is not welded onto or bolted onto SCX10 frame rails, this is a full-blow tube chassis ready for rock race competition. The Adventurist class may be too slow for your competitive spirit. Please see the Rock Racing Category.

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AXIALFEST 2016 Quick Class Overview Of Events

Please visit each blog for all of the event Class details:

• Dates & Schedule of Events
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915970

• CONCOURSE: Show & Shine
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915966

• ADVENTURIST: R/C Trail Hiking
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915958

• ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO: R/C Trail Running Enduro http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915962

• ROCK RACING: R/C Rock Racing
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915974

 

AXIALFEST 2016: Concourse Show & Shine Rules

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Concourse Show & Shine • AXIALFEST 2016 DISPATCHES

Hello AXIALFEST 2016 participants! Last year’s participants stepped up the game so we are responding back with additional classes!

We are awarding 8-classes within Concourse Show & Shine for AXIALFEST 2016!

BEST DAILY DRIVER • Concourse Show & Shine
BEST AXIAL HERITAGE • Concourse Show & Shine
BEST TRAIL WEATHERED • Concourse Show & Shine
MOST ADVENTURIST • Concourse Show & Shine
BEST ADV-TRAILER • Concourse Show & Shine
BEST WORK TRAILER • Concourse Show & Shine
BEST SCORE INTERNATIONAL TROPHY TRUCK • Concourse Show & Shine
BEST OF SHOW • Concourse Show & Shine

DAILY DRIVER • Concourse Show & Shine
There is only one rig in our fleet that can legally claim California Street Legal status, the Axial SCX10! And it must be 100% drivable! Heck, it has to drive to the DMV! How are you going to get current registration on it if won’t drive in?
Head lights – check!
Tail lights – check!
Turn signals – check!
Mirrors – check!
Seat Belts – check!
Insurance Documents – check!
License plate – check!
Mudflaps – check!

TRAIL WEATHERED • Concourse Show & Shine
Trail weathered, rock raisined, tree scrappage… sounds like a proper trail rig to us!
Bring your Trail-Mix bag of Trail Tested-Raisined out rig! Yes we are talking about sun dried and rock fried… show us what beat down looks like! We know it’s your favorite ol’trusty that you would drive off into the sunset any ol’day!
Raisined body work – check!
Weathered treatment – check!
What happens when you push the limits and smash your rig into the rocks or get squeezed by those massive pine trees? Check those off too! But it has to be 100% drivable!
Must be Axial based and recognizable Axial chassis; SCX10, Wraith, Yeti, Bomber, AX10

AXIAL HERITAGE • Concourse Show & Shine
Make us go down memory lane! Who is still driving an Axial vintage vehicle?
Must be 100% drivable and provable vintage authenticity.

MOST ADVENTURIST • Concourse Show & Shine
Plan as though you are going on a safari expedition and you want to be fully equipped and fully self-contained! Trailers always help on long trips! Does Overland Journal or Expedition Portal sound familiar?
Must be 100% drivable
Must be Axial based and recognizable Axial chassis; SCX10, Wraith, Yeti, Bomber, AX10

BEST ADV-TRAILER • Concourse Show & Shine
Must be equipped and scale trail ready! Yes, it must be 100% towable and could be hooked up to your “MOST ADVENTURIST” vehicle entry as well. However, we choose the right to choose the best ADV-TRAILER on trailer merit alone. Yes, your stock Honcho or JK could tow your trailer as we will be purely looking for the BEST ADV-TRAILER.

BEST WORK TRAILER • Concourse Show & Shine
A work trailer simply must be 100% drivable and 100% suited for work duty! How you care for your work trailer is totally up to you, blinged or busted, it simply has to work! How you present it is purely emotional and “emotional bribery” is highly encouraged as this is AXIALFEST and seeing something on the trailer in work fashion could lend credit towards your trailers “workability!”

BEST SCORE INTERNATIONAL TROPHY TRUCK • Concourse Show & Shine
Must be based on Axial Yeti TT including either Axial Modern Body or Retro Body. Replicate a team or make up your own team! Which ever you do, we are looking for the most scaled out Trophy Truck to roll off the race trailer! Better start here: http://score-international.com/trophy-truck/
Must be 100% drivable

BEST OF SHOW • Concourse Show & Shine
Must be Axial based and recognizable Axial chassis.
This crusty tow truck and trailer built by Elio is what won last year!

AXIALFEST 2016 Quick Class Overview Of Events
Please visit each blog for all of the event Class details:

• Dates & Schedule of Events
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915970

• CONCOURSE: Show & Shine
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915966

• ADVENTURIST: R/C Trail Hiking
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915958

• ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO: R/C Trail Running Enduro http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915962

• ROCK RACING: R/C Rock Racing
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915974

AXIALFEST 2016: Dates & Schedule of Events

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DATES & SCHEDULE – AXIALFEST 2016 DISPATCHES
ALL TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!!

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Thursday July 14th, 2016: Event officially opens!
09:00am – 12:00pm EARLY DRIVER CHECK-IN @ PAVILION
12:00pm – 02:00pm LUNCH
02:00pm – 03:30pm CONCOURSE TECH INSPECTION / STAGING
03:30pm – 06:00pm JUDGING OF CONCOURSE
06:00pm – 07:00pm CONCOURSE AWARDS

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Friday July 15th, 2016
07:00am – 08:15am ULTRA TECH INSPECTION / TRANSPONDER CHECK
08:15am – 08:30am NATIONAL ANTHEM
08:30am – 12:30pm ULTRA CHALLENGE
09:00am – 12:00pm DRIVER CHECK-IN @ PAVILION REOPENS
12:00pm – 01:30pm LUNCH
01:30pm – 03:00pm ADVENTURIST TECH INSPECTION
03:00pm – 03:30pm OPENING CEREMONIES / GROUP PHOTO
03:30pm – 07:00pm OFFICIAL START: ADVENTURIST
07:00pm – 08:00pm DINNER
08:00pm – 10:00pm ADVENTURIST TRAILS ARE OPEN [ NIGHT RUN ]

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Saturday July 16th, 2016
08:00AM – 09:00am ROCK RACING TECH INSPECTION
09:00am – 12:00pm ROCK RACING
12:00pm – 02:00pm LUNCH
02:00pm – 06:00pm ADVENTURIST TRAILS ARE OPEN
06:00pm – 07:00pm DINNER
07:00pm – 07:30pm ADVENTURIST SCORE CARD TURN-IN
07:30pm – 09:30pm AWARDS & RAFFLE @ PAVILION BACKLOT
09:30pm – 12:00am ADVENTURIST TRAILS ARE OPEN FOR FREE RUN

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Sunday July 17th, 2016
Sleep in and travel home safe or Sunday Funday for those who want to scale trail with us…

AXIALFEST 2016 Quick Class Overview Of Events
Please visit each blog for all of the event Class details:

• Dates & Schedule of Events
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915970

• CONCOURSE: Show & Shine
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915966

• ADVENTURIST: R/C Trail Hiking
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915958

• ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO: R/C Trail Running Enduro http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915962

• ROCK RACING: R/C Rock Racing
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915974

Willys Jeep CJ-3B – Generations of Adventure

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Adventure comes in many forms. In this case it’s coming from a generational perspective of a family’s love and appreciation for a Willys Jeep CJ-3B. It carries the torch of adventure as it gets handed down through two generations. It all begins with a Father’s appreciation for family adventures. Next is choosing a vehicle that the family sedan simply could not travel to or get far enough away from. Insert Willys Jeep CJ-3B here. Add in a lifted teardrop trailer that’s been outfitted with numerous creature comforts for extended family vacations into the unknown. As time rolls on, the son becomes of driving age and the Willy’s Jeep is handed down with title in hand and the intent of continual exploration. Ownership will never change hands, nor will it ever be for sale. This Willys Jeep CJ-3B, with extended rear quarter panels and tear-drop trailer companion, will continue on in original form acting as that surviving example of a time when simplicity was key. This is where the electronic necessities of today are forgotten and the spirit of adventure is embraced. Go camp anywhere and embrace the spirit of adventure.

Here is the story:

 

Source: Petrolicious

Skeeno’s Bikepacking Journey

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Skeeno’s Bikepacking Experience
Words and Photos by Matt ‘Skeeno’ Soileau

Lots of us enjoy Axial products. For some reason, we also enjoy other outdoor adventure activities. For me, and other Axial staffers, bicycles and camping are two of our other interests. Most of the time, I take my Axial SCX10s and mountain bike with me on a camping trip and do a little scaling and riding whilst at a campground. A couple years ago I tried bikepacking after stumbling upon some posts about it on mtbr.com.

You may be asking yourself, what is bikepacking? Bikepacking is a combination of camping and bicycling. There are many variants of bicycle camping from road touring to mountain bike bikepacking. I gravitated towards bikepacking because I love mountain bikes and I love the cool gadgets that go along with lightweight backpack camping.

After researching as much as I could, I decided to give a bikepacking trip a go. I easily roped in my good friend, Mike, to accompany me on this journey. My riding buddy and I started to prepare by sorting through our collections of mountain bike parts and camping supplies. What we didn’t already have, we acquired. We didn’t want to spend too much money on bikepacking, in case we decided it wasn’t for us on our first trip, so economy was major decision making factor while gathering our supplies.

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First up was a steed to ride.  We both had hard tail mountain bikes, so that’s where we started. Mine was a little old and definitely shaky. I started with new tires and a tune up to make sure the brakes and shifters were working properly. Once they were, the next step was to make sure the gearing would suffice for our trip. Our first bikepack was up near Lake Tahoe, so I needed some low gearing to make sure I could spin the climbs. Luckily, I had the parts to create the lowest gearing combo on my 26″ wheeled bike, 22/36. My legs and lungs would be my limiting factor.

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The second order of business was to collect camping gear. With the help from some local connections, I was able to get some steep discounts on some budget brand backpacking supplies. I got hooked up with a Eureka Solitaire one man tent and a Teton Sports Trail head sleeping bag, both solid, but not Gucci, choices; and I got both for under $100.

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I also needed a way to heat up my Mountain House meals. I decided to try making some alcohol stoves out of old beer/soda cans, practically free and simple to build. Testing the stoves was also fun, as I compared various designs to determine the easiest and most efficient to use.

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Last order of business was figuring out a way to get all my camping gear on my bike. Some bikepackers are pretty hardcore about weight and bring only minimal supplies such as a tarp to sleep under at night. Since we are a bit glampy when it comes to camping, I had quite a bit of stuff to load. I decided to try out a frame bag.  That’s a bag that goes into the frame of your bike.  These cost around $150+ from cottage companies such as RockGeist, Porcelain Rocket, and Relevate Designs. I decided to go a cheaper route and enlisted Grandma to do some sewing.

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First, I made a pattern for Grandma to follow.

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Then, I bought some fabric supplies and Grandma worked her magic. She even made one for Mike.

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For well under $20, it was great result. Definitely not as sturdy and fancy as the retail choices, but absolutely serviceable.

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I ended up finding a rear rack and pannier bag set on sale at REI for 33% off, so I splurged.

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Then, it was off to Harbor Freight for a $10 pad. Had to cut it down a bit, as it was a little long.

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I loaded up all my supplies and did some test rides around the hills behind my house to make sure everything would stay fastened during our rapidly approaching real ride.

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Once we were prepared as best we could, we headed out on our first overnighter. Some people call these S24O, or sub 24 hour overnighters. With our bikes fully loaded, I soon learned that the weight adds up quickly. I never weighed my bike, but it was very heavy fully loaded.  I would guess over 60 pounds, probably closer to 70.

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Our destination was a back country campground above Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake. We found this campground a few week prior on a ride along the Tahoe Rim Trail. I quickly discovered that my legs and lungs were not prepared for the miles of steep sandy climbs.

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The ride up to Marlette Lake was only four miles, but humbling. I had to push quite a bit up that climb. At this moment I decided it was time to get serious about my bicycling cardio and leg strength.

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I jumped in to get a little refreshment. Marlette is even colder than Tahoe. It woke me up and got me steeled for next half of the climb.

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The ride into the single track was prettier and much more fun that that sandy fire road.

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Lucky for me, the second part was easier than the first. I was able to make it up to the campground with a little energy left.

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The sign at the campground did not inspire confidence. Luckily, I brought some bear spray. I hoped that it would work on mountain lions. Mostly, I prayed that I didn’t need it.

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Once off the bike, I changed out of my sweaty riding clothes and into some fresh coverings.

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Then, we got to work setting up our campsite. See the green bear box. I think that helped keep the bears away since no accessible food makes for an unfruitful hunt.

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Water is one thing that you need to make sure you have access to on a bikepack or you will have to carry it in. And at 8lbs/gallon, it’s not light.

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We had this water pump to access water at the top of the mountain. We were also blessed by swarms of bees that flew out of their hive every time we pumped it. Luckily, they were not aggressive.

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My homemade alcohol stove worked great even up here at elevation.

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I had my favorite Mountain House meal ready to go in no time. Louisiana Style Rice, Mmmm. It’s amazing how wonderfully good these meals are when you are hungry.

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Of course, you gotta have dessert. First lesson of dehydrated meals, get a long handled spoon. This shorty LightMyFire spork got the job done, but I had to lick my fingers clean.

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On this first night of bikepacking, I learned that a Harbor Freight foam pad is worse than sleeping on concrete. I highly suggest investing in a high quality inflatable mattress, especially if you are a side sleeper. I’ve got a Big Agnes air mattress now and sleep like a baby.

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After a little morning breakfast, we packed up and prepared for the ride back to the car.

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The ride back was easy, since we mostly coasted back down the mountain. Our first bikepack was a success. We wanted to go again, but first I needed to make some adjustments to my camping kit, because this first trip taught me many things, so many things have changed since that first trip.

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One thing it taught me was that I wanted some new bike parts. Since this first trip, I’ve changed lots of parts on my bikepacking steed. It now has a different fork, wheels, tires, brakes, front derailleur, stem, handlebar, saddle, crank set, and bags. Most of these parts were swapped to reduce the weight of my bike, but comfort and reliability were also factors in my choice of parts.

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This is what my bike looked like on its second outing.

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I also bought a new tent. The Solitaire worked fine, but I wanted to be able to sit up in the tent. This Spitfire is ultralight, and it was less than $50 on the Eureka Outlet. But it requires stakes, so I’m currently on the lookout for a deal on a freestanding tent. I also got that REI backpacking chair. It’s a 1.5lb weight penalty, but well worth it to sit in a proper chair at the end of the day. Like I said, we’re a little on the glampy side. We’d rather suffer the weight penalty than sit and sleep in the dirt. If you try bikepacking, these are all decisions that you make for yourself.

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I got Grandma back on the sewing machine making new sleeping bag and tent bags.

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And, I also swapped the rear rack and pannier bag for a lighter seat pack set up. Seatpacks are just as expensive as framebags. I sourced a seatpack from Uraltour.com, a couple from Russia.  It took a few weeks for delivery, but the price was 1/3 of my retail choices. But, with bikepacking gaining popularity, companies such as Blackburn and Giant have started producing some budget friendly options. The benefit of going with a cottage manufacturer like the ones mentioned earlier is that you can have the bags customized to fit your bike and needs perfectly. With the less expensive options, there are some compromises you have to live with.

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Mike decided to take some sewing lessons from Grandma.

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He made these great feed bags for our handlebars. I’ve got some on both of my bikes. He’s also begun making some new bags for his bike.

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We also started to use Google maps to help us plan our route.

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Google Maps can help with distance as well as elevation. Ride time is a little optimistic for my slow legs.

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You can even use Google Earth to find good stealth camping spots.

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I’ve also gone through a few different stove options. This Vargo one was titanium and awesome, but my cook pot didn’t quite fit on it.

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Got an MSR Pocket Rocket as gift, but it’s a little more than I needed.

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I finally settled on this Trangia stove and Snow Peak pot. Simple and effective for me. I also finally bought a long handled spoon to reach the bottom of the Mountain House bags without getting my hands dirty.

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By now I’ve acquired quite a collection of camping supplies and gadgets. My cabinet is beginning to fill up.

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At the end of the day, we like to toast to a good ride…

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…and in the spirit of glamping, we watch a movie out in the middle of nowhere.

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So, this what my bike and kit looks now. Can you see Mike’s yellow feed bags he made to match my wheels? I’m really digging this current set up. Could it be the final configuration? Probably not, since the next bikepack will most likely result in me wanting something else. It’s sort of like RC, you can never leave stock alone.

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So, we’ve learned not to be in a hurry. We plan rides that don’t require monster, all day efforts to reach our stopping points, so we can relax and enjoy the scenery along the way. For us, bikepacking is like RC, it’s about having fun. That’s why we do what we like. If you decide to try bikepacking, you can customize your kit and routes to do what you like, just like RC.