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Niner Sir9 MTB Converted To S24O 

So my Niner Sir9 was a single speed its entire life until Feb. this year.  I decided to convert the 2006 Steel SS to a 1×10 setup.  I also decided to get rid of the OEM Kermit green color and re-powder coat with a lightly textured midnight blue.  Looks great in person. 

Bike being MTB specific didn’t have many options for racks so I swapped out the OEM Niner fork for a Salsa Firestarter fork that is loaded with potential mount points.   Figured on this bike being a sub24 hour overnighter or at most a weekender.  As for becoming a S24O all I really needed was a front rack ,frame bag and saddle bikpacking bag. Top tube / stem bag is just a perk for snacking on the move.  I have front panniers that I can mount up if needed.

Niner conversion ended up being fantastic in both form and function.  This makes for a great adventure overnighter / whatevering ride. Of course the bags you see can be mounted up on my Salsa Warbird as well but not the rack without swapping out the Enve forks.  Front rack is a Blackburn Outpost which fits really nice and looks badass.  Rack cost me $99.  So not to bad price wise and is both solid and lightweight. 

Transformed S24O Sir Niner is geared with 11-36 cassette and has a 32T front Wolftooth ring for no drop shifting via Paul Thumbies and 10sp barend shifters. So far all is well and a rather simple, cool, and fun refresh of a MTB that served very well since 2006.   

  
 

Surly LHT Deluxe Build Is Finally Done!

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SON Schmidts Dynamo Edelux II mounted and functional. Light is way bad ass to say the least. Extremely pleased with dyno hub & dyno light choice. Mounted the Edelux II light using a pimp mount from mapbicycles.com

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Wasn’t entirely sure where I wanted to mount the front light. I didn’t want to mount upside down as I opted for the light senso feature which only allows for right side up mounting. When set light will come on when dusk that and reflective facet design is for right side up mounting. Upside down model doesn’t have the auto senso feature.

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Rear light is mounted as well, I opted not to use dyno rear version which would of been cheaper but didn’t want to route a power cable splice off front hub. Rear light takes a single AA and can get 38-40hrs. (Due to auto senso) so figured a AA battery was better than needing a cable routed from front to rear.

LifeLine Extending Shovel / Paddle

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Picked up a pair of these retractable shovels for $29 shipped. Super light weight and easily packed and carried. Good for dirt snow and sand ….fire pits or shit pits it’s a nice to have resource . Can store things in the hollow handles. Best of all they can also be used as kayak paddles which I’ve done and they perform rather well. I keep one of these in my Jeep and other in the wife’s FJ Cruiser.

Klean Kanteen Reflect Bottle

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Aka …Hydro bling : ) Polished stainless, holds 27oz / 800ml top cap is bamboo which is a nice touch. I purchased two of these along with polished stainless bottle cages which complements my other polished LHT components. Ooh now I can bring my Scotch camping…. WOOT! Bike is just about complete and planing for its first outing this Saturday. Final touch are my Nitto tour racks I have on order.

Married 20 Years!

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I’m so fortunate in so many ways. Main one being my wife of 20 years tolerates all my shenanigans and still stays with me. We celebrated this weekend at Fogo de Chão in Baltimore. I try not to get too personal on blogs but 20 years married w/ two awesome grown children and it’s all due to her super mom / wife strength and resolve . We consumed this desert while sipping a tumbler of Leblon Cachaça which is a Brazilian spirit. Leblon Cachaça (pronounced ka-SHA-sa) tastes like a Scotch & Tequila blend of sorts.

Alpe d’Huez on a Brooks Saddle

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Famous route / Topo embossed on a saddle…hell ya! I couldn’t pass this limited edition saddle up when I saw it, I’m using this on my Surly Long Haul Trucker Deluxe build. To me bicycles are art and when you have components that are also art its like a picture with a beatiful frame which in itself is art. Nothing like leather and steel, the copper hammered rivets with brown leather adds to the over all look that I’m going after.