Posted by Lucas Winzenburg
I’m Kiel Denzon from the Philippines. Mabuhay! I’m a 24-year-old Economics graduate student and I work in academia as a research assistant. I’ve been cycling seriously since 2014, and mostly do road riding. I race duathlon (run-bike-run) events, but not competitively. Much of my daily life involves the use of a bike: to commute to school/work, to run errands, to do grocery shopping, and all that. Since last year, because of bikepacking, I’m starting to spend more time off road. Bikepacking has rekindled the mountaineering spirit that I had as a kid. Mountaineering has always been a family affair, and I love how the whole family is always involved in bikepacking trips (even if they sometimes use a car instead).
I originally built this bike up in 2014 as a rigid 29er with straight bars and a carbon fork. When I decided to really get into bikepacking, carrying capacity became more important. I changed out the carbon fork to a steel one with triple bosses and rack mounts. I keep two old road inner tubes with the rack to cinch down whatever I’m loading. I also changed over to “alternative” drop bars and brifters. I love how the SunRace shifters change gears, so I went with what I love most (the higher-end carbon ones are on my race bike). The shorty aero bars are a luxury that I needed to have. I had a lot of sleepless nights due to the excitement of setting this bike up, but it’s all worth it.
- Frame/Fork La Bici 29er steel frame, Tutubi steel fork
- Wheels Mavic XM319 rims with Shimano hubs
- Tires Maxxis Ikon 29 x 2.2″ front and rear
- Handlebar 42cm Salsa Woodchippers with Vision Mini-TT clip-on aero bars
- Crankset Shimano Deore LX 48-36-26
- Cassette Shimano 11-42
- Derailleur(s) Shimano Deore 3x front, SunRace Driven NMX 9-speed rear (with Wolf Tooth Road Link)
- Brakes Shimano non-series mechanical caliper and 160mm rotors
- Shifter(s) SunRace Driven NRX 10-speed double brifters
- Saddle Velo Plush VL-1050
- Front Rack The Project
- Front Bag(s) 10L dry bag or Conquer Outdoor Equipment “Scout” handlebar bag
- Rear Bag(s) PACgear “Sadolbag” saddle bag
- Accessory Bag(s) PACgear “Tangke” and “Yubaks” toptube bags
I did several DIY/hacks on this bike: (1) I used pieces of steel tube as improvised front light and action camera mounts under the front rack. (2) I zip-tied a WolfTooth B-RAD 4 under the down tube to mount a cage, a mini-pump mount, and WolfTooth accessory strap. (3) I use the barrel adjuster on the left shifter as a nifty “negotiator” between the 2x shifter and 3x crankset. With it, I can set the front derailleur to shift between the big and the middle chainrings, or between the middle and small chainrings (I’m still a believer in 3x). The adjustment in chainring choice can be tricky to do while riding, but it can be done.
You can follow along with Kiel on Instagram @mistertearyeyes.
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