Bikes of Log Driver's Waltz 2023
28 July, 2023
Bikes of Log Driver's Waltz Canada, a gravel grinding tour of Southern Quebec. Riders have 805km to cover, with some ready for speed and others for an adventure check out this varied array of bikes!
Name: Andrew Woodside
Bike: 2018 Kona Sutra TA
Key items of kit: Surly Moloko bars, Ergon grips and saddle, Ortleib, Topeak and Atwater bags, Deore 3x drivetrain with 26/36/48 chainrings and a good old 11-34 cassette
Name: Mitchell Sinclair
Bike: 2022 Trek Checkpoint SL5. 2X GRX drivetrain, running 44mm Rene Herse Snoqualmie Pass tires.
Key items of kit: I am using a combination of Apidura (front) and Road Runner (saddle/frame) bags. I will be using a Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 tent with a MEC 0 degree bag and Klymit Inertia Ozone sleeping pad. I will be using a NiteRider 1200 Boost front light, NiteRider rear light, and a backup headlamp. Cook kit will include MSR Pocket Rocket and lots of oatmeal.
Name: Spencer Gough
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Bike: Custom Marino Hardtail Singlespeed with a 120mm Marzocchi Z2, Thief Bikepacking frame and toptube bags and Vittoria tires. 32x17 gear ratio most likely.
Key items of kit: The Thief frame bag was actually custom made to fit my fatbike, but it fits great on the hardtail and provides room for a bottle. Taking a bivy, rain jacket, down jacket and down pants in the frame bag. Will also wear a hydration vest with 2L of water and tons of food stuffed in it.
Name: Félix Laberge
Bike: Fairlight Holt
Key items of kit: Front wheel is a son28 dynamo hub on a Stans Arch rim built by atelier s210. It powers up a sinwave beacon light/charger. A memento cycles decaleur keeps the front bag from rubbing the head tube. Gas tank is made by atelier Atwater.
Name: Don Fish
Location: Glen Head, NY
Bike: Chumba Stella Ti with a Shimano 10-51T XTR 1x12 group-set and a Wolf Tooth 32T chainring. Wheels are We Are One-Union hosting Maxxis Rekon 2.25" tires (Rekon Race in the rear). Touch points include an alloy Jones Loop bar, Ergon SM-Pro saddle and MKS-Always, EZ Superior pedals (removable without tools for long hike-a-bikes).
Key items of kit: The J-Paks frame bag and SnakPak are superb, -up to 4 liters of water in the frame bag and some food. A BikepackersFoundry bottle-cradle also occupies the top tube. Camp (Locus Gear shelter) is in the front drybag; clothes-rain gear ride atop a Lynskey Ti rear rack. Tools are in a Tailfin bag beneath the downtube. Electronics are in a Banana Hammock from Broadfork Bags: Garmin Edge 1040 for navigation and a Son dynamo connects to a kLITE "USB always-on" wire loom. Extra snacks, bug dope... are in the stem bags (by Ghost Cat Bags).
Name: Will Grierson
Cap number: 46
Bike: Salsa Warbird
Key items of kit: 45mm WTB Riddler tyres on Fulcrum 700c wheels, Rogue Panda frame bag, Ortlieb Rear bag, Salsa front bag, GRX groupset with an 11-42 cassetten (goatlink), WTB SL8 Saddle, aerobars for some extra comfort and not one, but two layers of bar tape.
Name: Vincent Kelly
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Bike: 1999 made in Canada Peugeot Dune GSX with a Surly Troll 26 fork. Deore 11 speed M5100 with a 34t front and 11-51 rear. Deore 160mm front and v-brake rear. 26" 36h Sun Rims Rhyno Lites laced to a front SP dynamo and a Deore rear. The tires are Rene Herse Humptulips Ridge 26 x 2.3, with Stans sealants and Stans schrader tubeless valves. Bassi Bobby bar, Redshift QR aerobars, Redshift Race suspension seatpost, Specialized Power saddle, Wolf Tooth Fat Paw grips, and XT pedals.
Key items of kit: Road Runner Buoy Bag with sleep kit in the rear (OR Helium bivvy, McKinley sleeping pad, SOL XL emergency blanket, and a sleeping bag liner all rolled into one) and night clothes in the front. EVOC top tube bag with pharmacy and toiletries, and Revalte Design feedbag for snacking. Customized large Blackburn Outpost Elite frame bag with tools and pump on the bottom and race fuel, first-aid kit, 1L Katadyn Befree, Hiplok, battery bank, charging cables and Muc-Off dry shower up top. For charging and lights, I have a new Sinewave Beacon 2 upfront hooked up to my dynamo. For hydration, I have two 750ml Camelback bottles on the fork and a hydration bladder in my vest
Name: Jen Adams
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Bike: My bike, “Daisy”, is a 2018 Salsa Fargo with a Firestarter carbon fork. Wheels are built with Hope hubs, handlebars are Ritchey Comp Venturemax with Profile aerobars with 70mm risers.
Key items of kit: BAGS: Custom made with Ecopack EPX 200 by the Log Driver’s Waltz (i.e. Eric and me) mini-pannier saddle bags, trunk bag, jerry can, front roll, feed bag and glasses holster. My Topeak gas tank has suffered modification by a pesky red squirrel but with a new zipper thanks to Refasten.ca is still functioning. GEAR HIGHLIGHTS: Sleep system of a Tyvek bivy, Thermarest Neoair Xlite, and down jacket. Navigating by Wahoo Bolt with phone as backup.
Name: Christina Vietinghoff
Location: Montréal, Québec
Bike: I ride a Felt Breed I bought used during the pandemic rather impulsively on Marketplace, thinking I would sell it after a season. But to my surprise, I really fell in love with this bike even though it has some quirks like weirdly placed braze-ons. I inherited these tires from a friend and splurged on the aerobars last year in preparation for another ultra race.
Key items of kit: I have a Brooks Cambium saddle on this bike that I bought in Whitehorse in 2017. I ended up riding that Brooks Cambium saddle all the way to Peru, it's very worn and it got scrapped on the ceiling of an airport parking lot when I forgot it was on the roof of my car, but I'm more comfortable on that saddle than on my feet.
Name: Daniel Jordan
Location: Burlington, VT, EEUU
Bike: Why S7, 32x16 singlespeed. A dropper that I don't need. Waltworks custom butted steel fork that feels real nice under load.
Key items of kit: I'm bringing a thermarest which is a big deal for me. Committed to sleeping comfortably at least one night. Also a change of clothes/socks and a rain jacket. Tools, lube, sealant, tube, motivational thoughts, giddiness.
Lots of room for food. About 3 liters of water. Gorilla tape and super glue gel. Dynamo hub, cache battery, Garmin, spot, cables that hopefully work, and a phone who hates me for riding through too many gritty sandy rainstorms.
Name: benoit simard
Location: Saint Sauveur
Bike: Salsa Blackborrow AKA «The Party Wagon»
Key items of kit: Custom Nextie wheelset mounted on I9 hubs with 29x3 Chewpacabra tires. Ceaero frame bags along with Arkel panier. Way too much room for way to much stock but way more fun.
Name: Pierre Sureau
Location: Montréal, Qc
Bike: Panorama Taïga Exp Gevenalle Gx HUNT XC WIDE MTB wheels
Key items of kit: Atwater Atelier framebag, Rummager, Crouton. Revelate Design : Spinelock 16L Seatbag, Harness and Egress pocket handlebar bags, Mag-tank. Knog PWR Moutain light
Name: Chris Rennie
Bike: Surly disc trucker
Key items of kit: Not sure if I have any stand out key items! Try to keep it simple, bring what’s worked and enjoy the ride. Most bags are from small scale makers. Ambush bags in Toronto, orange cat packs in Hamilton and field and forest in Vancouver.
David Sharp Tuttle
Name: David Sharp Tuttle
Cap number: N/A
Location: Brantford, ON
Bike: 2018 Search XR, Steel
Key items of kit: Apadura Frame & Saddle bags. Swift Industries front bag, Custom bags to finish it out.
Name: Siggi Casson
Location: Kingston, Canada
Bike: This bike is called the last minute mish and mash, as I scrambled it together five days before the grand depart. Norco Search XR A Suspension 2023, Shimano GRX 600 groupset 1 by 11 speed (40 front, 10-42 rear). Tires are WTB Venture 700c x 50 front and Terravail Rutland 700c x 47 in the rear.
Key items of kit: Top tube bag for food. Stembag for garbage, water bottle and Spot tracker. Solar panel power bank. Wahoo roam for navigation. Profile design aero bars for comfort and speed. Dry bag underneath aero bars carries warm emergency clothing, first aid kit etc. Frame bag carries additional food, charging cables, arm and leg warmers, rain jacket. Saddle bag carries tools, spare parts and other stuff that I hope I will never have to touch. No sleeping set up, as I am hoping to finish this ride in one go, with potential small naps in between in the grass.
Name: Norman Cowan
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Bike: Salsa Cutthroat with Shimano GRX drivetrain. The Woven Handmade Wheels with Rene Herse tires are built around a Schmidt SON dynamo hub.
Key items of kit: Dynamo powered Busch & Müller LED lights are paired with the Bontrager Ion Pro battery powered light for night riding. Garmin Edge 540 for navigation and the InReach for communications. My lucky Bushtukah branded neck warmer is always part of my kit. 😎
Jonathan B. Roy
Name: Jonathan B. Roy
Bike: Panorama Anticosti on Sram Apex, all mechanical. Cushy Ergon SMC Core saddle.
Key items of kit: Tires René Herse Juniper Ridge Extralight (thanks to Station 210 Atelier de roues in Saint-André-d'Argenteuil!) Gorgeous brown Arkel bags : Seatpacker 9L at the back and the new burrito on the handlebar. Atwater Atelier half frame bag.
Name: Corentin Sainmont
Bike: Cannondale SuperX
Key items of kit: Arkel rear bag Home made custom frame bag Home made front harness Arkel front bag
Name: Dylan Forrest
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
Bike: Kona Sutra with 22-36-48T chainrings, 11-36 10 speed cassette. 2.35” Mezcals on 27.5” wheels. Shutter Precision dynamo running a Busch + Muller IQ-X headlight and Toplight Line taillight.
Key items of kit: 13L Sea To Summit dry sack on the bars, GGBuy chalk bag feedbags, Moosetreks frame bag, MEC Fountain 7L hip pack, MEC Brooks 20L Dry Bag on the Tubus Logo rack, Garmin GPSMAP 64st, Cygolite Hotshot 150 daytime rear flasher, EVT Safe Zone helmet mirror. Everything held together with zipties and electrical tape.
Name: Eric Betteridge
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Bike: Panorama Cycles Taiga EXP- "Blake". The cockpit of Ritchey Venturemax bars and Redshift top grips came over "holus bolus" from my old bike making the EXP feel like home; but better! The wheels by Woven Precision are awesome to climb with and solid on the descents. If it's all psychological, that's ok! As for tires I went with 2.1" rather than 2.25" Mezcals this time mainly because of availability, but they are feeling good and it is the size of tire I have used on three previous LDW trips. What really sets this bike apart for me is the gearing: 1x12, 10-52 on the rear and 34T on the front gives me a lower climbing gear than I have used in the past. Climbing McCloskey's has always been challenge with a load, so we'll see how it goes. Shifting and braking is all cable actuated. The Ratio Technology shifting in the Rival lever is really crisp. My seat is a relatively inexpensive Giant Approach and is mounted on a carbon seat post.
Key items of kit: This is a new bike for me but the custom home sewn bags with the exception of the seatbag are the same as I used on the Tour Divide and the 2022 LDW Grand Depart. Lighting is rechargeable O-light on the front and a Lezyne rear as I don't intend to ride all night!
Name: Mike Feldman
Location: Benson, NY
Bike: Goodday-Curiosity Custom
Key items of kit: Key Items… hmmm … that’s tough. I built the bike up. So it’s all kinda key, to me. Micro-Nano panniers I sewed and cobbled the fixture… so that’s wicked key to me .. anxious to see how they hold up. The frame was built in collaboration with Chris Besnia at Goodday and the frame bag by Arly. She did a great job capturing my childhood picture. So yeah, I don’t know… just a bike I guess ;)
Name: Adin Maynard
Location: Western Massachusetts, USA
Bike: Why Cyles El Jefe singlespeed 34x18. El Jefe ti does everything bike. With 48 ReneHerse Oracle Ridge boots it’s feeling gravelish for the Log Driver’s Waltz. Super light build doesn’t feel so light anymore. Other gear includes a Bora UL bivy, new 3/4 rain pants from Ground Effect in NZ. I hope it gets nasty out there.
Key items of kit: Overall goals are to have a lot of fun, get mystical in the woods, sleep, and find that groove of singlespeed that negates the wrong gear feels.
Name: Adam Hortop
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Bike: Surly Ogre, stock parts except Moloko bars and Brooks saddle 🤩. Revelate Ranger frame, Mag tank and seat bags. 2.5" Extraterrestrial tire 👍 I love the saddle, no padding required.
Key items of kit: Beast of burden is an apt descriptor. This bike feels right when it is loaded with everything. Neither the ride nor the rider are made to win races. I ride for the adventure, exploration, and challenge.
Name: Carl Presseault
Location: Gatineau, Canada
Bike: Panorama Taiga EXP with WeAreOne Faction wheels with Vittoria Mezcal 2.1. Shimano 1X12 drivetrain and Yokozuna brakes. Ritchey Venturemax handlebars and Ergon SMC saddle on a Cane Creek EEsilk+ seat post. Shimano XTR pedals.
Key items of kit: Restrap Race bag front and rear with an Apidura long top tube bag and feed bags x2. Pro Missile aerobars with a Glowworm XS G2 lightset. Garmin 1040 solar and a Garmin Inreach mini 2. Simple. No extras!
Name: Emily Lafleche
Location: Kanata, Canada
Bike: Amabilis aka Mabel my Panorama Taïga EXP
Key items of kit: My dragonfly pal Bartholomew and more gummies than you can imagine.
Name: Eric Moisan
Location: Gatineau, Québec
Bike: Cervélo Aspero 2021 GRX 810, Fork Cervélo All-Carbon, Tapered Áspero Fork with Adjustable Trail. Easton EC70 Carbon seatpost. Shimano GRX RX810, 11 spd. Shimano SM-RT800, 160mm Brake Rotors. Cervelo Indexed Thru-Axles w/ Lever, 12x100/142. Shimano GRX 810 48/31 crankset and 11-34 cassette. Easton EC70AX Carbon Handlebar. Easton EA70 Alloy Stem. Prologo Dimension NDR T4.0 saddle. Easton EA70AX, 28h (F), 28h (R), 24mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready wheels. Tires are Panaracer Gravel King SK Folding 700x40.
Key items of kit: Topeak fuel tank large (1L), Topeak midloader top tube bag, Mec world tour expandable seat bag, Ride farr Carbon Aero Bolt-On Large with arm rest. Led lenser f1r (1000lumens) and Garmin Edge 1030 Bontrager GPS.
Name: Kevin Poirier
Location: Luskville, Quebec
Bike: Kona Libre CR/DL, Shimano GRX 1X mechanical gravel groupset, chainring 40t, cassette 11 - 42t 11 Spd, tyres Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H 45mm.
Key items of kit: Lights - AY-Up Lighting System (helmet mounted) Handlebar bag - WOHO bikepacking add-on dry pack (extra clothes & FA kit) Food bag - Apidura food pouch (Hammer gels) Frame bag - WOHO XTouring bikepacking frame bag (bike repair kit, 2 x spare tubes, SOL emergency bivvy, Nuun tablets, batteries & cables, Scope mouth wash) Seat bag - Revelate Designs Terrapin system (Hammer Perpetuem and HEED).