Words and photos by Reid Passmore (@reidpassmore)
Hello all, I’m Reid, and I’m a graduate researcher at Georgia Tech. I work on developing methods for analyzing bicycle networks and prioritizing new bicycle infrastructure projects in cities. I got into cycling when I moved to Atlanta in 2015 and started using my bike as my primary means of transportation.
I got into bikepacking in 2017 and started a bikepacking program at my university’s outdoor recreation organization. We take out students regardless of skill level or experience (some have never even camped outside) and show them the essentials of bikepacking: hike-a-biking, camping, and drive-side photo shoots. Outside of an instructional environment, though, I’m known for planning challenging routes that typically involve bushwhacking, hiking, stream crossings, or a ridiculous amount of elevation. I’ve just always been more of a type II fun person.
I got this bike from Loose Nuts Cycles in 2019 and have taken it on the Pacific Coast Highway, the Great Allegheny Passage, and the TNGA since then. On the TNGA, I ran a 27.5 x 2.4″ WTB Riddler in the front and a 700 x 42mm Gravelking SK in the back because I was trying to be Lael Wilcox.
- Frame/Fork Orange Fade All City Gorilla Monsoon, 52cm
- Rims Stan’s Grail
- Hubs Shutter Precision dynamo (front) /Speed Tuned Wheels (rear)
- Tires Teravail Rampart 700×42 (front) / Specialized Pathfinder Pro 700×42 (rear)
- Handlebars Salsa Cowchipper, 52cm
- Headset Cane Creek 40
- Crankset Sugino XD500 165mm 38/24
- Pedals RaceFace Chesters
- Cassette 11-42t Sunrace 10-speed
- Derailleur SRAM X9 10-speed
- Brakes Yokozuna Ultimo (front) /Hayes CX (rear)
- Shifter(s) SRAM Apex 1
- Saddle Specialized Power Mimic Expert 168mm
- Seatpost TranzX Hot Lap 50mm dropper post
- Stem Salsa Guide
- Front bags BXB Custom
- Frame bags Porcelain Rocket half frame bag
- Accessory bags Spindle 40oz Crusher
- Lights Busch & Müller IQ-X Headlight, Supernova E3 Taillight
- Other accessories Tumbleweed T-Rack, Crane Bell, Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
I’m pretty sure I never ran those tires above 25 PSI the entire ride and ended up putting a massive dent in the back wheel. Off the trail, it’s my primary commuter bike, and its wide 52cm bars allow me to fit a Wald 139 for groceries. The gearing is a manual 2x. I’m just bad with front derailleurs. It’s a 38t chainring that I ride 90% of the time and a 24t chainring that I can kick the chain onto when I see steep hills ahead. Also yes, 50mm of dropper post is still worth it!
You can find Reid on Instagram @reidpassmore.
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