Words and photos by Trey Morgan (@capn_morg)
Hey there, my name is Trey, and I live in Twin Falls, Idaho, where I am a fourth-year medical student working at the local hospital. I first started riding more frequently in college in Seattle, when my brother got me a cheap single speed off Craigslist as a Christmas present and I fell in love with riding and commuting in the city.
I loved how my bike became an integral part of my day, it was something I rarely left my apartment without. It had its drawbacks, though, as Seattle has some big hills that aren’t very single-speed friendly, so after a few years of building up those leg muscles, I decided it was time for a new bike. I had been reading about touring and wanted one bike I could “use for everything,” so I settled on the Fuji Tread 1.0. It started off as a cyclocross bike but after years of slow, minor changes, I’ve made it more bikepacking friendly.
After graduating, I was working in a lab in Seattle and I started doing overnight bike trips when I could, always along paved roads. Then one day I came across this website; it was my first time being exposed to bikepacking and I was instantly hooked, reading all about the different routes and gear. I decided the first trip I was going to do was the Olympic Adventure Route and that I was going to need a frame bag. With Logan’s DIY tutorial and my mom’s sewing machine (and a little help from her too), I made a bag that is still in use today.
That first overnight trip had its fair share of misadventures and type 2 fun, but overall it was such a blast. Three years ago, I moved to Idaho, first to Boise, where I had access to a never-ending network of backcountry dirt roads that rarely get car traffic. That’s when I started getting more into bikepacking and would try to take weekend trips whenever I could, even if it meant studying for school while I was out camping. I have never approached cycling with a competitive spirit and I have made sure to preserve it as a hobby where I don’t need to be constantly striving for improvement. Because it’s a hobby I do just for my own happiness, it ended up being the perfect way to balance the stress of medical school, where there’s an unending series of board exams and assessments.
I have craved longer trips but it’s hard to make the time for it. I finally had a month of vacation last September and wanted to make the most of it. I took my bike out on my longest trip yet, five nights along the Great Divide. After that, I went down to Utah to ride the Grand Staircase Escalante and Capitol Reef routes. The simplicity of living off my bike and riding every day keeps things in perspective for me. It is easy to be swept up in how difficult the journey is, whether that journey is medical school or a bikepacking trip. But to get the most enjoyment out of what you do with your life, you have to learn to enjoy the challenges too. Now that I’m in my last year of med school I can look back at all the times I went on a ride to let off stress, the quick overnighters that made me feel a world away from school, the friends I made through biking, and it all makes me so grateful for this hobby and community.
- Frame/Fork Fuji Tread 1.0
- Rims Oval Concepts
- Hubs Oval Concepts
- Tires WTB Riddler 700 x 45mm
- Handlebars Salsa Cowchipper
- Headset FSA
- Crankset Oval Concepts 520
- Pedals Simworks Bubbly
- Cassette Shimano Ultegra 11-32
- Derailleur Shimano 105
- Brakes TRP Spyre-C
- Shifter(s) Shimano 105
- Saddle Brooks Cambium C17
- Seatpost Oval Concepts 300
- Stem Oval Concepts 313
- Front bags Swift Sugarloaf
- Frame bags Homemade from Logan Watts’ tutorial
- Rear bags Swift Fabios chest
- Other accessories Tumbleweed T-rack, Cetma half rack, Spurcycle bell
My bike has slowly evolved over time as I learned what I did and didn’t like. I widened the gear range, put on the fattest tires I could fit, got a more comfortable saddle, wider bars to accommodate a basket full of stuff, and new bar tape and pedals. My favorite thing about my bike is the frame bag I made with my mom, as it will always hold the memory of doing that with, her plus the memories the different patches remind me of.
You can see more from Trey on Instagram @capn_morg.
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